The Power of Erotic Celibacy Paperback

Queering Heterosexuality

by Lisa Isherwood;

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The Power of Erotic Celibacy

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In the newest volume in the Queering Theology Series Lisa Isherwood examines the significance that celibacy may hold in the new millennium.

She begins by considering the female body, how it has been used to underpin exploitative social systems, and how Christianity has tried to control the bodies of women through regulations about the female body. As part of this discussion she looks at the work of Douglas, Foucault, Synnott, Butler, Braidotti and others in the area of 'body politics'.

Isherwood argues that women have used celibacy to subvert the patriarchal system and create space in which to flourish. Through a consideration of the work of McNamara, Ruether, Schussler-Fiorenza, Kitch and others she shows how women from Shakers and Beguines to cloistered sisters and feisty housewives claimed the gospel of equality through celibacy and in so doing impacted on their world.

She considers the possibilities of reframing celibacy in the light of queer theory and radical theology, before going on to ask the questions: How do queer theory and radical theology shape our understanding of celibacy in the new millennium? How do we develop a concept of erotic celibacy that is both personally sexually fulfilling and allows the bodies of women to be sites of resistance to patriarchy? How can such a way of living be called queer? Ultimately, Isherwood shows that being erotically celibate challenges patriarchal society and opens up new theological understanding.

The Power of Erotic Celibacy by Lisa Isherwood was published by Continuum in March 2006 and is our 35930th best seller. The ISBN for The Power of Erotic Celibacy is 9780567082770.

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Page last updated 6th September 2016
Author / Artist
Book Formatpaperback
PublisherContinuum (March 2006)
EditorLisa Isherwood;Marcella Althaus-Reid
Number of Pages160
Thickness11 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code119207
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