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Reclaiming female sexuality through feminist spirituality

Author: Leslie Jill Arnott
Publisher: Ottawa : LAC, 2009.
Dissertation: Thesis (M.A.) -- University of Regina, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Microfiche : Master microform : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This study examines the ways in which female sexuality and the female body have been negatively constructed in mainstream Eurowestern patriarchal monotheisms, the impact such constructions have had on the material realities of women's lived experiences, and the possibilities for revisioning, reclaiming, and reconstructing conceptions of female sexuality and the female body via the feminist spirituality movement  Read more...
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Named Person: Starhawk.; Starhawk.
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leslie Jill Arnott
ISBN: 9780494550434 0494550430
OCLC Number: 865672149
Notes: Includes appendices.
Description: 2 microfiche ; 11 x 15 cm.
Responsibility: by Leslie Jill Arnott.

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This study examines the ways in which female sexuality and the female body have been negatively constructed in mainstream Eurowestern patriarchal monotheisms, the impact such constructions have had on the material realities of women's lived experiences, and the possibilities for revisioning, reclaiming, and reconstructing conceptions of female sexuality and the female body via the feminist spirituality movement broadly, and through Starhawk and the Reclaiming Collective specifically. The constructions of female sexuality and the female body as dangerous, dirty and chaotic that are currently operative in the dualistic worldview of patriarchal religious traditions in the Eurowest have contributed significantly to women's status as second-class citizens, have limited women's access to resources and power, and have helped to shape a social world wherein violence against women has become a commonly utilized means of regulating and controlling both the threat represented by such a dangerous entity and women themselves. This study of the feminist spirituality movement, Starhawk and the Reclaiming Collective, explores the possibility of creating a vision of female sexuality and the female body that is free from the taint of sin and shame; of healing the split between male/female, spiritual/political, etc. that result from dualism; and thus a social world that restores integrity and value to that which has been marginalized, exploited and devalued. Further, since the feminist spirituality movement has typically been dismissed from the study of religion, this thesis seeks to ground this movement and its spiritual narrative as a valid and significant counter-discourse to that which operates in mainstream patriarchal religious traditions.

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