Gender-&-Religion

Gender-&-Religion - Gender, Religion, and Gender,...

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Unformatted text preview: Gender, Religion, and Gender, Religion, and Sexuality Sexuality Essentialism Essentialism Essentialism: view that, for any specific kind of social group that there is a set of characteristics or properties that anyone in that group must have. Essentialist thinking implies that everyone within any social category is the same and shares the same experiences, feelings, views of the world, etc. For example, essentialist thinking would assert that all women have the same experiences or act the same, the same goes for thinking that way about men. Similar essentialist thinking about certain ethnic or religious groups would imply that everyone in that group thinks the same. Marked vs. Unmarked Categories Marked vs. Unmarked Categories Unmarked Category = the pure, the touchstone, the normal, the dominant Marked Category = the impure, different, subordinate, deviant (the Other) Unmarked: Marked: Men Women White All other racial groups Heterosexual Homosexual Racial Hegemony and Racial Hegemony and Covert Racism Covert Racism Regime of Racial Hegemony: refers to the systemic operation of racism in covert ways in everyday life. This is opposed to the racial dominance (pre-civil rights era) in which racism operates as open (overt) displays of hostility and hatred. (Howard Winant). Articles for Todays Discussion Articles for Todays Discussion Excerpt on Sexual Politics from Between Sundays: Black Women and Everyday Struggles of Faith. (Marla Frederick) Excerpt from Rachels Daughters: Newly Orthodox Jewish Women, on Orthodoxys Profamilialism. (Debra Kaufman) We Are Not Doormats: The Influence of Feminism on Contemporary Evangelicals in the United States (Stacey & Gerard) Feminism, Gender Studies & Feminism, Gender Studies & Religion Religion Feminist ambivalence, even resistance to religion: women as dupes or buying into to patriarchal system. Rise of fundamentalist religion, Orthodox religion, and Evangelical Christianity since 1980s. Feminists now attempt to understand how women negotiate power and/or find meaning within what may appear to be a very patriarchal religious setting. In doing the readings try to answer how these religions provide different visions of: Womens sense of self Family Life, including: - division of domestic labor- relations between spouses Community Sexuality Evangelical Religions Evangelical Religions Most social scientists have been critical of Evangelical and fundamentalist religion for: The tendency to individualize ones liberation: for example, to focus on the realm of the material for salvation....
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course SOA 302 taught by Professor Araujo during the Spring '08 term at Northeastern.

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