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Most critiques of Buddhism’s handling of sexuality have centered on the religion’s hypocrisy in Bhikkuni ordination. A bhikkhuni is a female monastic, who has undergone full ordination. In this sense, Buddhism seemed an inclusive religion in a world that most religions are inherently patriarchal. Critics, however, point out a different side to this Buddhist initiative. For instance, the ordination of female monks requires that they agree to the eight garudhammas (Keats, Day, Weinberg, 2010). These legislations bind nuns in junior positions as compared to male monks. These rules also forbid nuns to assume leadership positions in the presence of male monks. This means that even monks who have served for shorter periods have precedence over nuns who have served for a long time.