Patriarchal Ideologies on Women’s Menstrual Cycle: an Infringement on the Rights of Women

Adesanya Ibiyinka OLUSOLA, Margaret Yemisi OJO

Abstract


This study explores ways in which women are being unfairly treated in some selected religions as a result of menstrual flow. The work showed that in spite of scientific explanation on menstrual flow, some religions still see it as a curse and consequently tagged women unclean during this period. Therefore, for the purpose of clarity, the work specifically focused on Celestial church of Christ and Cherubim and Seraphim church position. For women, menstrual blood is accepted as a fact of womanhood and God given, but our society has seen it as an obstacle to spiritual growth, causing disdain for church practices, which to the present day is seen as a way of emphasizing patriarchal ideologies. Also it was noted that since Jesus Christ was not rendered impure by the woman with the issue of blood, it therefore means that menstrual blood could not have been the cause of unanswered prayers in churches that believed otherwise. After all, men too have periods of ritual impurity and it had never been on record that they were asked to go for spiritual cleansing less being the one responsible for unanswered prayers. Therefore depriving women of space in religious activities as a result of menstrual flow is seen as infringements on women rights and it creates a range of restrictions on her physical mobility that limited her space for action. The work concludes by imploring religious groups particularly Christians to always give correct interpretations and application of the scripture and at the same time to taken into consideration the geographical, cultural and historical situations of that time before any meaningful interpretation can be done.


Keywords


Menstruation, Women, Rights, Cycle, Scripture.

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