Each Friday, we share three topical longreads in our Weekend Reader newsletter. This week, Buddhadharma’s deputy editor Koun Franz addresses patriarchy in Buddhism.
Buddhist teacher Lama Rod Owens on why Buddhist community members must confront and deal with ethical misconduct, and how to do it.
Gloria Steinem and Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo talk about personal challenges they’ve faced, progress they’ve seen, and why there’s still more to be done.
Gloria Steinem: In reading about your life, I’ve been astounded by the degree to which we share certain parallels. We both had mothers who were very supportive of us and also very interested in spirituality. My mother was a theosophist. And so were both of my grandmothers. We both went to India, though in very different ways. I went to India for a couple of years after I graduated from college, mainly because I was trying not to get married.
Increasingly, patriarchy is offered as the solution to the crisis black men face. Black women face a culture where everyone wants us to stay in our place.
The message is that it’s fine for women to stray from sexist roles and play around with life on the other side, as long as we come back to our senses.