there are a collection of articles on the recent Bhikkhuni ordination controversy. They will be published in the summer 2010 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly magazine.
The Time Has Come
The traditional “eight heavy rules” institutionalize women’s second-class status in Buddhist monasteries—women must submit to male leadership,senior nuns must take their place
behind junior monks—and in most Buddhist lineages women are denied full ordination. Former nuns Thanissara, Jitindriya, and Elizabeth Day look at new controversies that are focusing attention on this long-standing injustice and call on Buddhist leaders to engage in a genuine dialogue for change.
I am not a learned Buddhist but I always feel awkward when Buddhists themselves say that the rules set by Buddha are not relevant in the modern times, and they should be changed.
Whoever ordained as a monk or nun, do so for *renunciation*, not for *seeking* "justice", "equality", or any gains, etc., as understood in layman's terms.
I am a male, and not a Bhikkhu either. But if I were a nun I would very much welcome the "eight heavy rules". In fact, they are the precious gifts given by the Buddha to nuns (and alas! not for monks). They are gifts and precious because they help to reduce "ego" and defilements, and help to achieve the nibbana faster.
I believe that one should not become a monk or a nun to gain "equality" or "status", otherwise the very objective of being a nun would be null. The objective of becoming a monk or a nun is to renunciate, not to gain anything except egolessness.
The World of Buddhist monks/nuns is obviously quite different, where some logics of common people's world do not apply.