Category Archives: gender

Women in Early Indian Buddhism

When I see an academic book that looks interesting and relevant, my general policy is to buy it and add it to a pile on my desk, ready to be read when I have a moment. The rule is that … Continue reading

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Dangerous Women

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) here at the University of Edinburgh has been running a blog called the Dangerous Women Project. It showcases daily posts, beginning on International Women’s Day 2016 and ending a year later, … Continue reading

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On the benefits and challenges of online lecturing

Last week I took part in Bhikkhu Anaalayo’s online course on Women in Indian Buddhism (run out of the University of Hamburg) by delivering a lecture using Adobe Connect. It was a peculiar experience, talking to myself in my own … Continue reading

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Gender and scholarship (again)

As the School of Divinity’s Equality and Diversity officer, and the person responsible for implementing our gender equality action plan (as part of the Athena SWAN process) I find myself reflecting on the ongoing problems of gender stereotyping, under-representation of … Continue reading

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Misogyny, Buddhism, and International Women’s Day

It is International Women’s Day on Sunday, and we have marked it this week with a photograph of female staff and students at New College. But, ironically, this week I have also reached a little cluster of misogynous stories in … Continue reading

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Being a woman in academia

I have just been reading a blog post by my colleague Dr Helen Bond on sexism and New Testament scholarship. Her reflections on her own experiences as a female scholar in a male-dominated field make interesting reading, regardless of one’s … Continue reading

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Is it bad to be reborn as a woman?

I have just been reading Anālayo’s recent article on ‘Karma and Female Birth’ in the Journal of Buddhist Ethics. This is an area that interests me, since it intersects with a puzzle about jātaka stories, namely why the Buddha-to-be is … Continue reading

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