Overkill

Why Excess and Conflict are both Sexy and Sacred

Authors

  • Jane Caputi Florida Atlantic University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/jsrnc.v1i3.277

Keywords:

gender and religion

Abstract

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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Published

2008-01-25

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