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Feminism, Sexuality, and the Return of Religion

Feminism, Sexuality, and the Return of Religion

  • Author: Linda Alcoff,John D. Caputo
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • ISBN: 0253223040
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 194
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Feminist theory and reflections on sexuality and gender rarely make contact with contemporary continental philosophy of religion. Where they all come together, creative and transformative thinking occurs. In Feminism, Sexuality, and the Return of Religion, internationally recognized scholars tackle complicated questions provoked by the often stormy intersection of these powerful forces. The essays in this book break down barriers as they extend the richness of each philosophical tradition. They discuss topics such as queer sexuality and religion, feminism and the gift, feminism and religious reform, and religion and diversity. The contributors are Hélène Cixous, Sarah Coakley, Kelly Brown Douglas, Mark D. Jordan, Catherine Keller, Saba Mahmood, and Gianni Vattimo.

Feminism and World Religions

Feminism and World Religions

  • Author: Arvind Sharma,Katherine K. Young
  • Publisher: SUNY Press
  • ISBN: 9780791440230
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 333
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Addressing religion and feminism on a global scale, this unprecedented book contains a nuanced and fine-tuned treatment of seven of the world's religions from a feminist perspective by leading women scholars. The fact that these authors share a dual but undivided commitment both to themselves as women and to their traditions as adherents imparts to their voices a prophetic quality, and if Mahatma Gandhi is to be believed, even scriptural value.

Changing of the Gods

Changing of the Gods

Feminism and the End of Traditional Religions

  • Author: Naomi R. Goldenberg
  • Publisher: Beacon Press
  • ISBN: 9780807011119
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 152
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A feminist theologian looks at the future of religion, declaring that feminism will eventually overthrow existing patriarchal religions, placing divinity within the individual and establishing a new mysticism.

Dating Jesus

Dating Jesus

A Story of Fundamentalism, Feminism, and the American Girl

  • Author: Susan Campbell
  • Publisher: Beacon Press
  • ISBN: 9780807010662
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 215
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The author describes growing up in a fundamentalist Christian church, the influence of her faith on every aspect of her life, and her struggle to integrate her growing feminism and interest in women's rights with the tenets of fundamentalism.

Feminist Philosophy of Religion

Feminist Philosophy of Religion

Critical Readings

  • Author: Pamela Sue Anderson
  • Publisher: Psychology Press
  • ISBN: 9780415257503
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 272
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Feminist philosophy of religion has developed in recent years because of the exposure of explicit sexism in much traditional philosophical thinking about religion. The struggle with a discipline shaped almost exclusively by men has led feminist philosophers to redress the problematic biases of gender, race, class and sexual orientation in the traditional subject. Feminist Philosophy of Religion: Critical Readings brings together key new writings in this growing field. Part one of the reader explores important approaches to the feminist philosophy of religion, including psychoanalytic, poststructualist, postmetaphysical and epistemological frameworks. In part two, the contributors survey significant topics including questions of divinity, embodiment, spirituality and religious practice. Supported by explanatory prefaces and an extensive bibliography, Feminist Philosophy of Religion: Critical Readings is an important resource for this new area of study.

Love the Sin

Love the Sin

Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance

  • Author: Janet R. Jakobsen,Ann Pellegrini
  • Publisher: Beacon Press
  • ISBN: 9780807041338
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 174
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In this revolutionary new book, scholars Janet R. Jakobsen and Ann Pellegrini confront the issue of sexual regulation head-on by supporting the idea of having sexual freedom just as we have religious freedom in this country. In their carefully constructed argument, they fight the idea of loving the sinner but hating the sin, suggesting we should, in the case of sex, love the sin. Turning from sex to religion, the authors question why in the United States the principle of religious freedom is so rarely realized in practice. They end by providing a new way of considering freedom for both sexuality and religion, after laying out precisely how the two are intertwined. "Surprising . . . startling . . . a fresh way to argue for gay rights and sexual freedom." —Michael Bronski, Boston Phoenix "A tightly packed analysis of the fallacy of sexual tolerance in American society . . . This book serves its purpose by giving the GLBT community a new focus and even a renewed idealism." —Gayle R. Baldwin, Gay & Lesbian Review "[The authors'] powerful arguments might help feminists to explain pro-sex values to Christians who, knowing their own denominations' struggles against established churches, understand the value of religious freedom." —Gail Bederman, Women's Review of Books

A Return to Modesty

A Return to Modesty

Discovering the Lost Virtue

  • Author: Wendy Shalit
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1476765170
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 368
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Updated with a new introduction, this fifteenth anniversary edition of A Return to Modesty reignites Wendy Shalit’s controversial claim that we have lost our respect for an essential virtue: modesty. When A Return to Modesty was first published in 1999, its argument launched a worldwide discussion about the possibility of innocence and romantic idealism. Wendy Shalit was the first to systematically critique the "hook-up" scene and outline the harms of making sexuality so public. Today, with social media increasingly blurring the line between public and private life, and with child exploitation on the rise, the concept of modesty is more relevant than ever. Updated with a new preface that addresses the unique problems facing society now, A Return to Modesty shows why "the lost virtue" of modesty is not a hang-up that we should set out to cure, but rather a wonderful instinct to be celebrated. A Return to Modesty is a deeply personal account as well as a fascinating intellectual exploration into everything from seventeenth-century manners to the 1948 tune "Baby, It’s Cold Outside." Beholden neither to social conservatives nor to feminists, Shalit reminds us that modesty is not prudery, but a natural instinct—and one that may be able to save us from ourselves.

Ungodly Rage

Ungodly Rage

The Hidden Face of Catholic Feminism

  • Author: Donna Steichen
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • ISBN: 9780898703481
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 420
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Written by a Catholic journalist who has investigated feminism on its own ground, this remarkable book fully exposes the hidden face of Catholic feminism for the first time, revealing its theoretical and psychological roots in loss of faith. A definitive account of a movement impelled by vengeful rage to revolt against all spiritual authority.

Buddhism After Patriarchy

Buddhism After Patriarchy

A Feminist History, Analysis, and Reconstruction of Buddhism

  • Author: Rita M. Gross
  • Publisher: SUNY Press
  • ISBN: 1438405138
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 365
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This book surveys both the part women have played in Buddhism historically and what Buddhism might become in its post-patriarchal future. The author completes the Buddhist historical record by discussing women, usually absent from histories of Buddhism, and she provides the first feminist analysis of the major concepts found in Buddhist religion. Gross demonstrates that the core teachings of Buddhism promote gender equity rather than male dominance, despite the often sexist practices found in Buddhist institutions throughout history.

Given to the Goddess

Given to the Goddess

South Indian Devadasis and the Sexuality of Religion

  • Author: Lucinda Ramberg
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 0822376415
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 296
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Who and what are marriage and sex for? Whose practices and which ways of talking to god can count as religion? Lucinda Ramberg considers these questions based upon two years of ethnographic research on an ongoing South Indian practice of dedication in which girls, and sometimes boys, are married to a goddess. Called devadasis, or jogatis, those dedicated become female and male women who conduct the rites of the goddess outside the walls of her main temple and transact in sex outside the bounds of conjugal matrimony. Marriage to the goddess, as well as the rites that the dedication ceremony authorizes jogatis to perform, have long been seen as illegitimate and criminalized. Kinship with the goddess is productive for the families who dedicate their children, Ramberg argues, and yet it cannot conform to modern conceptions of gender, family, or religion. This nonconformity, she suggests, speaks to the limitations of modern categories, as well as to the possibilities of relations—between and among humans and deities—that exceed such categories.

Devotions and Desires

Devotions and Desires

Histories of Sexuality and Religion in the Twentieth-century United States

  • Author: Gillian Frank,Bethany Moreton,Heather Rachelle White
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781469636269
  • Category: History
  • Page: 320
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At a moment when "freedom of religion" rhetoric fuels public debate, it is easy to assume that sex and religion have faced each other in pitched battle throughout modern U.S. history. Yet, by tracking the nation's changing religious and sexual landscapes over the twentieth century, this book challenges that zero-sum account of sexuality locked in a struggle with religion. It shows that religion played a central role in the history of sexuality in the United States, shaping sexual politics, communities, and identities. At the same time, sexuality has left lipstick traces on American religious history. From polyamory to pornography, from birth control to the AIDS epidemic, this book follows religious faiths and practices across a range of sacred spaces: rabbinical seminaries, African American missions, Catholic schools, pagan communes, the YWCA, and much more. What emerges is the shared story of religion and sexuality and how both became wedded to American culture and politics. The volume, framed by a provocative introduction by Gillian Frank, Bethany Moreton, and Heather R. White and a compelling afterword by John D'Emilio, features essays by Rebecca T. Alpert and Jacob J. Staub, Rebecca L. Davis, Lynne Gerber, Andrea R. Jain, Kathi Kern, Rachel Kranson, James P. McCartin, Samira K. Mehta, Daniel Rivers, Whitney Strub, Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci, Judith Weisenfeld, and Neil J. Young.

Deconstruction, Feminist Theology, and the Problem of Difference

Deconstruction, Feminist Theology, and the Problem of Difference

Subverting the Race/Gender Divide

  • Author: Ellen T. Armour
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 9780226026909
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 262
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The term "feminism" conjures up the promise of resistance to the various forms of oppression women face. But feminism's ability to fulfill this promise has been undermined by its failure to deal adequately with the difference that race makes for gender. In this book, Ellen T. Armour forges an alliance between deconstruction and feminist theology and theory by demonstrating deconstruction's usefulness in addressing feminism's trouble with race. Armour shows how the writings of Jacques Derrida and Luce Irigaray can be used to uncover feminism's white presumptions so that race and gender can be thought of differently. In clear, concise terms she explores the possibilities and limitations for feminist theology of Derrida's conception of "woman" and Irigaray's "multiple woman," as well as Derrida's thinking on race and Irigaray's work on religion. Armour then points a way beyond the race/gender divide with the help of African-American theorists such as bell hooks, Hortense Spillers, and Patricia Hill Collins.

Acute Melancholia and Other Essays

Acute Melancholia and Other Essays

Mysticism, History, and the Study of Religion

  • Author: Amy Hollywood
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231527438
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 432
  • View: 354
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Acute Melancholia and Other Essays deploys spirited and progressive approaches to the study of Christian mysticism and the philosophy of religion. Ideal for novices and experienced scholars alike, the volume makes a forceful case for thinking about religion as both belief and practice, in which traditions marked by change are passed down through generations, laying the groundwork for their own critique. Through a provocative integration of medieval sources and texts by Jacques Derrida, Judith Butler, Talal Asad, and Dipesh Chakrabarty, this book redefines what it means to engage critically with history and those embedded within it.

Postsecular Feminisms

Postsecular Feminisms

Religion and Gender in Transnational Context

  • Author: Nandini Deo
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1350038075
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 240
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Postsecular Feminisms explores the contested relationship between feminism and secularism through a series of case studies, featuring perspectives from the global North and South. It offers insights beyond those of the Abrahamic traditions, and includes multiple examples from South Asia. By decentering the European experience, Postsecular Feminisms shows how secularism and feminism have been constituted in North America, South Asia, and Anglophone West Africa. The book asks: can postsecular feminism offer a way to think about religion and gender so as to support women in all the variety of their lived experiences? The contributors show that postsecular feminism is a variety of feminism that is not necessarily either secularist or anti-secular. Rather it is feminism informed by a history of secularist bias within liberal feminism. Postsecular Feminisms explores both the potentials and pitfalls of postsecular feminisms, with some authors arguing that a contextually grounded praxis is possible, while others make a strong case against postsecular feminism as theory and practice.

Sexuality, Religion and the Sacred

Sexuality, Religion and the Sacred

Bisexual, Pansexual and Polysexual Perspectives

  • Author: Loraine Hutchins,H. Sharif Williams
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781138023994
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 226
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Sexuality, Religion and the Sacred is a thoughtful collection of bisexual, polysexual and pansexual scholarship on religion and spirituality. It examines how religious and spiritual traditions address sexuality, whilst also exploring the ways in which bisexually-, polysexually-, and pansexually-active people embrace religious and spiritual practice. The volume offers a comprehensive analysis of these prevalent themes by focusing on five main areas of discussion: Christian and Unitarian Discourses; Indigenous and Decolonizing Spiritual Discourses; Feminist Spiritual Discourses; Buddhist Discourses; and Neo/Pagan Discourses. Sexuality, Religion and the Sacred offers an accessible yet scholarly treatment of these topics through a collection of critical essays by academics of theology, humanities, cultural studies and social sciences, as well as sexology professionals and clergy from various faith and spiritual traditions. It gives readers an insight into the intersection of sexualities and spiritualities, and attempts to disrupt this very dichotomy through its careful consideration of a wide variety of discourses. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Bisexuality.

Sex and Religion

Sex and Religion

Two Texts of Early Feminist Psychoanalysis

  • Author: Lou Andreas-Salome
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1351491261
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 118
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As a psychoanalyst and author, Lou Andreas-Salome traverses the mystery of sexuality in much of her work. This book, comprised of two texts originally written for adolescents, uniquely explores sexual education and the collision of sexuality and religion across the lifespan.The first piece, "Three Letters to a Young Boy" (1917), is a psychoanalytic fairy tale. The letters offer an interesting version of the evolution of sexual knowledge from childhood through adolescence. The second piece, "The Devil & His Grandmother" (1922), merges sexuality with religion, encapsulating three ages of woman?child, to a lost soul and the Devil's bride, to the Devil's Grandmother. Written in charmingly convoluted dialogue, this work has a cinematic, fanciful feel. Both pieces dispense with academic formality and point to a relaxed new phase in Salome's writing life. Interestingly, this tone can also be detected in her blossoming correspondence with Sigmund Freud, which contrasts starkly with her sombre letters to Rainer Maria Rilke.It is with the spirit of free thinking demonstrated in these two selections, perhaps informed by Salome's experimentation with free association, that the reader is transported to a new theatre of Salome's imagination.

Beyond Gender

Beyond Gender

An Advanced Introduction to Futures of Feminist and Sexuality Studies

  • Author: Greta Olson,Mirjam Horn-Schott,Daniel Hartley,Regina Leonie Schmidt
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317214552
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 312
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Scholars and activists often narrate the history of gender and feminism as a progression of "waves," said to mark high points of innovation in theory and moments of political breakthrough. Arguing for the notion of multiple futurities over that of progressive waves, Beyond Gender combines theoretical work with practical applications to provide an advanced introduction to contemporary feminist and sexuality research and advocacy. This comprehensive monograph documents the diversification of gender-related disciplines and struggles, arguing for a multidisciplinary approach to issues formerly subsumed under the unified field of gender studies. Split into two parts, the volume demonstrates how the notion of gender has been criticized by various theories pertaining to masculinity, feminism, and sexuality, and also illustrates how the binary and hierarchical ordering system of gender has been troubled or overcome in practice: in queer performance, legal critique, the classroom, and textual analysis. Taking a fresh approach to contemporary debates in feminist and sexuality studies, Beyond Gender will appeal to undergraduate students interested in fields such as Feminism and Sexuality Studies, Gender Studies, Feminist Theory, and Masculinity Studies.

Electric Santería

Electric Santería

Racial and Sexual Assemblages of Transnational Religion

  • Author: Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231539916
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 256
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Santería is an African-inspired, Cuban diaspora religion long stigmatized as witchcraft and often dismissed as superstition, yet its spirit- and possession-based practices are rapidly winning adherents across the world. Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús introduces the term "copresence" to capture the current transnational experience of Santería, in which racialized and gendered spirits, deities, priests, and religious travelers remake local, national, and political boundaries and reconfigure notions of technology and transnationalism. Drawing on eight years of ethnographic research in Havana and Matanzas, Cuba, and in New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay area, Beliso-De Jesús traces the phenomenon of copresence in the lives of Santería practitioners, mapping its emergence in transnational places and historical moments and its ritual negotiation of race, imperialism, gender, sexuality, and religious travel. Santería's spirits, deities, and practitioners allow digital technologies to be used in new ways, inciting unique encounters through video and other media. Doing away with traditional perceptions of Santería as a static, localized practice or as part of a mythologized "past," this book emphasizes the religion's dynamic circulations and calls for nontranscendental understandings of religious transnationalisms.

Religion and Sexism

Religion and Sexism

Images of Women in the Jewish and Christian Traditions

  • Author: Rosemary Ruether
  • Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • ISBN: 157910116X
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 356
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These essays attempt to fill a growing need for a more exact idea of the role of religion, specifically in the Judaeo-Christian tradition, in shaping the traditional cultural images that have degraded and suppressed women. This book provides, in the compass of a single work, a glimpse of the history of the relationship of patriarchal religion to feminine imagery and to the actual psychic and social self-images of women.

The Insistence of God

The Insistence of God

A Theology of Perhaps

  • Author: John D. Caputo
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • ISBN: 0253010101
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 320
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The Insistence of God presents the provocative idea that God does not exist, God insists, while God’s existence is a human responsibility, which may or may not happen. For John D. Caputo, God’s existence is haunted by "perhaps," which does not signify indecisiveness but an openness to risk, to the unforeseeable. Perhaps constitutes a theology of what is to come and what we cannot see coming. Responding to current critics of continental philosophy, Caputo explores the materiality of perhaps and the promise of the world. He shows how perhaps can become a new theology of the gaps God opens.