Gender Balance in the Light of Culture and Scripture
Umahi, G. A.
Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society
Considering the ever-changing nature of the word gender, descriptively and syntactically, care and caution should be the watchwords as we interrogate it and in the conclusions we arrive at. In the light of the above, this review employed the historical and biblical method of inquiry in the quest for arriving at something authentic and concrete concerning gender. It shall trace the historical usages of the word and juxtapose it with current concepts as well as examine especially if the 'genderless' status currently accorded some hitherto masculine and feminine nouns squares with scriptural declaration. This is very critical given the fact that while we may allow human appellative concepts to constantly change; God's declarations do not necessarily have to follow that pattern. This study revealed that in synopsis, all the ideas behind gender and sex points to the fact that gender is basically cultural while sex is biological. In the light of the findings of this study, it was concluded that men should learn to recognise the role of women in the society and thus manifest the critical balance which is found in culture and scripture.