Sex and God: Some Varieties of Women's Religious Experience (Routledge Library Editions: Women and Religion)
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These stories, essays and poems by women examine the connections feminists are making between sex and God. The women write from very different perspectives, cutting across the spectrum of feminist writing about sexuality and spirituality within the Judeo-Christian tradition. Some writers, though critical, are determined to retain their radicality in the very teeth of patriarchy by remaining within the traditional forms of faith. Others - impatient, suggests the editor, with the 'great inseminator in the sky' - have moved on to what might be described as a post-patriarchal spirituality. Contributions indicate the exciting spiritual journeys women are currently making and focus on the following areas: monogamy and promiscuity; sex, politics and spirituality; childbirth; sex and healing in dying; feminist sexual psychology; lesbian identity; and feminist 'embodied' theology. The recent and continuing debate about women priests in the Anglican church uneasily echoes the rumblings of change at a fundamental level in the relationship between women and religion.
This book, with its reflections on both the politics of Christian feminism and the more widespread expression of women's spirituality, makes an important contribution to that change. First published in 1987.
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