Why Excess and Conflict are both Sexy and Sacred


  • Jane Caputi Florida Atlantic University




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 significantly influence and foment harms including environmental devastation.

Author Biography

Jane Caputi, Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University


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How to Cite

Caputi, J. (2008). Overkill: Why Excess and Conflict are both Sexy and Sacred. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 1(3), 277–292. https://doi.org/10.1558/jsrnc.v1i3.277