Why is there more emphasis put on the female in Wicca rather than equally to the man?

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If Christianity is more male centered, then Wicca is more female centered. There are important female roles and influences in Christianity, I am sure there are some in Wicca. So why not be fair and stop criticizing the Bible for being against women, when I can say that Wicca is against men.

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Emma Rose

Wicca is in no way against men and it doesnt say that anywhere.
The only rule is so what ever you want unless it doesnt harm anyone. Discriminating men is against that one rule.
Could you show a source?

Existentialist

So now religion is the cause for war between the sexes, oh isn’t religion great.

JayJay

Christianity isn’t more “male centered”. Men & women are equal partners in Christianity.

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whether the attitudes of some wicca practitioners prioritize women or not, does not in any way balance out or make right the sexist attitude that is written out very clearly in the judeo-christian bible.
Need I state the old addage “two wrongs do not make a right?”

The Stainless Steel Rat

different strokes for different folks. As if there are only you two religions. There are a dime a dozen Matriarchies polyandrous. Patriarchies harems and anything in between. So what’s the point???

Stephen

I can see why you would think that of Wicca but in all honesty that would fall more on the Dianic views of Wicca, which is what many women would convert to just because of there being a goddess. BUT We believe in our Lord AND Lady, just because in the christian religion there is very little feminine influences (not really sure how to word that) does not mean that Wicca is against males….If that were true I would not be Wiccan seeing as I am a male. (also a ver influencial book for Wiccans is by a man named Scott Cunningham, many people have grown up on his books)

Mad Hatter

There isn’t. The divine masculine and feminine should be treated as equals, with neither taking precedence over the other. Balance between the two is central to Wicca. Anyone who regards one as higher or more important than the other isn’t practicing Wicca.
The founder of Wicca was male, so why on earth would the religion contain beliefs biased against men?

LabGrrl

Ideally, Wicca is balanced.
Unfortunately, some Wiccans who come from Abrahamic Traditions themselves have felt that the way to make up for the imbalance in their previous spiritual life is to be imbalanced in their practice of Wicca.
I don’t care what the Bible says about women: It’s not part of my faith, and I don’t care about it.

Jewel

This is a good question, but somewhat misguided.
Wicca is not against men. There does tend to be more emphasis on the role of the Female; however, a lot of this is to offset the undeniable patriarchy of the secular world.
Basically, in a world where men still control eighty percent of everything around us, we are struggling to re-balance influence, and a big part of that is to acknowledge and emphasize the power of women. The power of men doesn’t need to be emphasized; it’s evident. However, we still acknowledge the God and all of His roles and Duties as Father, Brother, Son–the young God of the Corn who is sacrificed on Lugdnessah and rises again as the Lord of the Hunt.
As things become more balanced in the secular world, they will become more balanced in Wicca as well. That is, after all, one of the things Wicca strives for–to have a harmonious balance between light and dark, male and female, negative and positive.

AmyB

The Female is equal to the Male in Wicca. There are individual Traditions (Dianic in particular) that revere the Female only, but they are the minority.

Nightwind: Adipose says Hi!

Wicca is not against men. Wicca was founded by a man. Wicca teaches equality.
Some Wiccans get overexcited about the role of women in Wicca. They revel in the feminine aspect of it because they feel they’ve been lacking it for so long. But putting women over men is no more Wiccan than putting men over women. Each half is necessary to the whole.
Seriously, have you read the Bible? There’s lots of stuff against women in the Bible. That was the culture in which the Bible was written. Personally, I see no reason to brand all of Christianity as women-hating because of it, because outlooks change over time. It’s the drawback of working with 2000 year old scriptures. But to pretend there’s nothing against women in the Bible is just ignorant. The passages are there, particularly in the OT. (Some of the NT stuff gets abused in these arguments)

StandW2Fists

Probably because woman are usually more in touch with an emotional side, encouraging a strong love of nature … and then again, maybe some men just don’t speak much – more the quiet protector type.

Child of Venus

The basic tenets of Wicca identify women as equal to men rather than superior to them. Even in Dianic Wicca (at least, Dianic Wicca that is still Wicca anyway) men are not inferior to women, there’s simply more focus on the Goddess and the God is more of her consort. There are traditions that solely worship the Goddess, but they really can’t rightly claim the name Wicca because Wiccans believe in a Lord AND Lady, not just a Lady. The fourth Principle of Wiccan Belief is:
We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity — as masculine and feminine — and that this same Creative Power lies in all people and functions through the interaction of the masculine and the feminine. * We value neither above the other knowing each to be supportive of the other.* We value sex as pleasure as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energy used in magical practice and religious worship.
So, our religion clearly states that we shouldn’t hold women or men as superior to the other, but as equals.
Christianity can not claim the same thing. Yes, many churches are trying to keep up with the modern times and are now branching out to include women in their more prestigious positions within the Church. However, the more fundamental churches are still barring women from higher roles. For instance, in the Catholic Church, women aren’t allowed to be priests at all. I know that Catholics don’t represent all of Christianity, but it’s one example. Also, your Bible speaks out against women itself, and here’s where Wicca and Christianity have the major difference regarding sexism. As I said above, the very founding tenets of Wicca state that sexism is wrong. The Bible however says:
Deuteronomy 22:28-29 NLT
If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.
1 Corinthians 11:7 – 9*
For a man indeed ought not to cover [his] head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
1 Corinthians 14:34 – 35*
Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but [they are commanded] to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
Ephesians 5:22 – 24*
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so [let] the wives [be] to their own husbands in every thing.
1 Timothy 2:9 – 15*
In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
Genesis 3:16*
Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire [shall be] to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
Job 25:4 *
How then can man be justified with God? or , how can he be clean [that is] born of a woman?
All of these passages clearly state that women are unequal to men according to the Bible. You see, the difference between the individual sexisms in Wicca and Christianity are that in Wicca, it’s really only those professing to be Wiccan but who don’t follow the 13 Principles of Wiccan Belief who are the sexist ones, and in Christianity, it’s those that follow the Bible word for word who are the sexist ones. Sexism is in Christian scripture while it’s not in Wiccan scripture (well, what comes as close to Wiccan scripture as you can get because Wicca is non-dogmatic). Also, when you criticize Wicca for being against men, you might want to stop and ask yourself about who started Wicca and who has some of the highest respect in Wicca. Both answers will be men. Gerald Gardner founded Wicca in the 50s and Scott Cunningham and Raymond Buckland garner some of the highest respect from many Wiccans. Polarity is important to us. One reason many people see Wicca as a religion about Goddess worship is that many people (women especially) flock to Wicca away from patriarchal religions search

maiingan2

If you believe that Wicca is female centered, you should read this article. It discusses Gerald Gardner and his creation of Wicca. The term Wicca is a male oriented term, while “Wicce” is the female term. Wicca is hardly against men!!
http://www.hecatescauldron.org/Witchcraft_Wicca.htm

Natasha

this question is based upon the assumption that there are no branches of wicca. please understand, there are multiple branches, some more peaceful than others. christianity is a very patriarchal (male dominant) religion. often times when the words She or her are used, it is in a negative way. i have ready the bible more than most christians i know. the bible specifically says a woman should submit to her husband.
wicca is not a matriarchal religion as many seem to believe. in the beggining stages we are given the choice to choose our patron god or goddess. it is based upon the individuals decesion. the story of creation for our religion tells of a goddess and also a god. does it not make sense that a woman would be the creator? i do not doubt christian beliefs, im very religiously tollerant, but look at this from a different perspective.
i personally have both a patron god and a goddess. i live for multiple dieties. the mst common god in wicca is the green man, the father, some relate him to pan. but christianity has often accused us of worshipping satan as he has horns. it is nnot that we are matriarchal, our male god is passed over as satan by so many that most other religions do not recognise him as a god.
before you make such assumptions as to the practices of our religion, you need for information to back it up. misinterpretation is a common mistake on both sides f this question. if u wish to discuss it further i would be happy to oblige

Morna

In Wicca Men and Women are supposed to be equally important. New comers to the craft mostly focus on the Goddess because they come from a religion that is mostly male centered. They feel a need to shun the God aspect of the craft and in time they normally welcome the God with open arms again. Normally you will hear more about the Goddess because some Wiccans also want to stress that they believe in both. Men are equally important. They has an equal amount of need in rituals and they are also needed in many of the cycles in life…hence conseption.

Crystal clear

The traditions of Wicca I have studied under were not goddess/female-centered.
You can say that “Wicca is against men” all you like, that doesn’t make it so. But I could pick up my Bible and find several scriptures that indicate that women are not equal to men. Heck, the whole premise of having only one god that is seen as male in gender implies this.
My spirituality is based on my relationship the gods AND goddesses.

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