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As to women in Freemasonry, there is a thriving Women's Freeamsonry in
Britain, it is identical to the male version and is completely regular
in that it was formed orginally by a male lodge initiating women
members, who then went on to form their own lodges. Unlike male
Freemasonry they are growing and succesful, the male side is dying
through it's own inflexibility. I regularly give lectures to women
Freemasons and am made very welcome, although I am not allowed to attend
their lodge meetings. I speak at what are called the after proceedings.
If you are interested I can put you in touch with them.
Co-Masonry admits both men and women and as some of the rituals involved
exposing both legs and both breasts not everybody is happy about mixed
sex lodges. The separate women's Freemasonry has solved this problem to
their own satistfaction, and I have no quarrel with such a solution. I
have long adovated that male Freemasonry should share lodge rooms and
recreational facitilies with female lodges. Only the ritual meetings
need be separate. The sexism is a later invention of males who were sure
that they were the most important beings in the world. If you have read
my book The Invisible College, you will have found a prime example of
this in the Duke of Sussex who not only thought women inferior, but most
men as well! This bigot moulded the attitudes of male Freemasonry in
1813 and we are only just beginning to question his motives and change
his mistaken attitudes.
Scottish Freemasonry solved the problem of admitting women by founding a
parallel organisation called The Eastern Star. But I think the Templars
were founded at a time when women were thought of a chattels and they
simply went with the flow of their period
Originally posted by arc
do you not think masonry would benefit from opening it's doors officially to women?
Originally posted by Hammerite
We think different, we respond different, we ARE different. Sure equal opportunity is great, but Freemasonry isn't about "Opportunity".