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Good sex : feminist persectives from the world's religions
Jung, Patricia Beattie.
Publication Information:
New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, [2001]

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xix, 220 pages ; 23 cm

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What is "good sex" in the globalized world of the twenty-first century? This volume brings together essays by feminist scholars from different religions and cultures to consider how women are redefining sexuality for the common good. The essays explore sexual and social restrictions on women; religiously and socially acceptable avenues of sexual expression; constructions of sexual identities; and attitudes toward women's sexual desires. How is sexual desire constructed within specific cultural and religious contexts? What sacrifices must women make (and how do they make them) simply to have sexual lives? What options and strategies are available to women to dissolve the many restrictions imposed on their sexuality? These are some of the questions being explored.

Author Notes

Patricia Beattie Jung is an associate professor of theology at Loyola University Chicago and is coauthor of Heterosexism: An Ethical Challenge . Mary E. Hunt is cofounder and codirector of the Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER) in Silver Spring, Maryland, and author of Fierce Tenderness: A Feminist Theology of Friendship . Radhika Balakrishnan is an associate professor of international studies at Marymount Manhattan College.

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Library Journal Review

This groundbreaking collection of 11 articles by women from eight countries and seven religious traditions challenges male-defined ideas of sexuality that have constricted women by denying them pleasure and autonomous agency and threatening their well-being and, sometimes, lives. The essays critique "dominating forms of inclusivity and blanket generalizations," explore the high price sexuality has exacted of many women, propose "concrete suggestions for social changes, so that women mayexperiencegood sex," analyze interpretations of sexuality, and suggest "ways women might faithfully resist normative constructions of their sexuality." While the contributors do not always agree, they do recognize the importance of global and interdisciplinary perspectives and affirm the tension women experience when they work for change from within a repressive tradition. Editors Jung (theology, Loyola Univ., Chicago), Mary Hunt (codirector, Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual), and Radhika Balakrishnan (international studies, Marymount Manhattan Coll.) have created an outstanding book. Recommended for academic, public, and seminary libraries.DCarolyn M. Craft. Longwood Coll., Farmville, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Grace M. JantzenAyesha M. ImamRebecca T. AlpertRadhika BalakrishnanPinar IlkkaracanPatricia Beattie JungWanda DeifeltSuwanna Satha-AnandJudith PlaskowDorothy KoMary E. Hunt
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Part I Creation of Desiresp. 1
1 Good Sex: Beyond Private Pleasurep. 3
2 The Muslim Religious Right ("Fundamentalists") and Sexualityp. 15
3 Guilty Pleasures: When Sex Is Good Because It's Badp. 31
4 Capitalism and Sexuality: Free to Choose?p. 44
Part II Prices of Sexp. 59
5 Islam and Women's Sexuality: A Research Report from Turkeyp. 61
6 Sanctifying Women's Pleasurep. 77
7 Beyond Compulsory Metherhoodp. 96
8 Buddhism on Sexuality and Enlightenmentp. 113
Part III Reconstruction of Sexualitiesp. 125
9 Authority, Resistance, and Transformation: Jewish Feminist Reflections on Good Sexp. 127
10 The Sex of Footbindingp. 140
11 Just Good Sex: Feminist Catholicism and Human Rightsp. 158
Conclusionp. 174
Notesp. 177
About the Contributorsp. 203
Indexp. 207