Why Excess and Conflict are both Sexy and Sacred
Keywords:gender and religion
In popular understandings, both excess and conflict are understood as compelling, even ‘sexy’. Drawing from the perspectives of feminist theory, history, and theology, I consider the ways that patriarchal cultures eroticize possession, domination, and taboo violation, leading to this popular apprehension. I critique some of the ways that patriarchal conceptions of sex and God, both founded in a gendered conception of power as domination, intersect to influence significantly and foment harms including environmental devastation.
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