From a feminist perspective, the lack of a canon of scripture and the use of mythological material raise interesting questions. Feminist biblical scholarship has questioned whether the absence or sidelining of women in the canon amounts to revelation, tradition or patriarchy, and as such it has developed a hermeneutic of suspicion that acknowledges the absences in scripture. In its early conception, these absences were women, but as time has gone on the same method has been used to identify gaps in terms of race, class and sexual orientation. Feminist biblical scholars have been challenging the Bible for many years now, beginning with Elisabeth Cady Stanton in the nineteenth century and her creation of the Women's Bible. This was a project to remove sexist and racist texts from the Bible, as well as texts that involved violence to women.