Chapter

Introducing

Rita M. Gross

in A Garland of Feminist Reflections

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780520255852
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943667 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520255852.003.0001
Introducing

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This chapter represents the author's lifelong concern with living deeply immersed in the exploration and understanding of questions of ultimate significance. It also explores her concern with how women have pursued such questions, or how they are prevented from pursuing such interests by the prison of gender roles specific to their cultures. The author first began to discover the vast oversight in the field of the comparative and historical study of religion that had been caused by its operating model of humanity, an androcentric, one-sexed model of humanity. This chapter discusses feminism that is defined in many ways by many people, and definitions of feminism that are mutually incompatible. The author explains that men and women have bodies that are somewhat different, but human beings are also constituted by speech and mind, not only body, using a Buddhist analysis that holds much more widely. A definition of the feminist goal as freedom from the prison of gender roles is also described in this study.

Keywords: cultures; gender; humanity; feminism; Buddhist analysis

Chapter.  8769 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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