Is Freemasonry Sexist?

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I’ve always been fascinated by secret societies and any organizations that tend to have “secret teachings”. The Freemasons specifically have always been an object of curiosity for me. I have always been tempted to join the Freemasons and work my way up the 33 degrees of their Scottish Rite path, because I would love to know what they actually teach for myself. However, because I am a woman and have a vagina instead of a penis, that isn’t allowed.

I knew that Freemasons have a history of excluding women, but wasn’t sure where they stood today, so I reached out to our local Freemason branch to see if they have any programs for women and received this in reply:

“We do not allow women to join our fraternity. We have always been a fraternity which, by definition, is for men only.

There are so-called “co-masonic” groups which you could research on the web. But we are not in any way related to those groups nor do we recognize them as Freemasons.”

How can a religious group with so much influence and power in our world entirely exclude women? This isn’t just some little college fraternity – look into the history of the Freemasons and see their influence and scope! This organization was enormously influential in the formation of our country and many of their symbols reside on our money and other government institutions to this day! They claim to possess important esoteric knowledge, and yet refuse to share any of that with half of the human species?

I hope this doesn’t seem petty or stupid to you guys, but it seriously annoys me. I know other religions are sexist. In the Catholic church, a woman still can’t be a priest (although they should rethink that, perhaps women priests wouldn’t molest all the altar boys), but at least they allow women to be Catholics in the first place!

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13 thoughts on “Is Freemasonry Sexist?

      1. Don’t worry. You’re not the only one. I fucking hate organised religion. Thus my war on god and taking on the name antichrist. Because I am going to end this fucking shit once and for all. Or.. at least for now. Haha.

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  1. I have mixed feelings about this. Overall I think the whole thing is creepy and I’m very suspicious of it. An old friend of mine tried to get my family to get involved and wanted my husband to join. We decided not to do that. I see the perspective that since it’s a powerful organization it seems fundamentally bad that they don’t allow women. At the same time in general I do not have a problem with male only organizations. Just like I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having organizations strictly by and for women, I don’t think there’s a problem with men having those either. I guess the question to me is, if women decide they want to compete with men and these Arenas of politics and backroom deals, how can they create something for themselves?

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    1. I get your point, but this is a religion. It seems messed up to exclude half the race from a religion, you know? I don’t have an issue with fraternities or sororities in themselves, but when it is a whole religion? And when it is so powerful and spread throughout our history?

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  2. Happy to get more information about it, didn’t know much before. I think small local groups could target one gender (except for the problems that would cause non-binary and trans folks), but a worldwide organization like the Freemasons perpetuates male power by excluding women.

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