Title

The vagina dialogues essentialist and constructionist views of female sexuality in contemporary feminist theology

Author

Karen E. Ross

Date of Award

2011

Degree Name

M.A. in Theological Studies

Department

Department of Religious Studies

Advisor/Chair

Advisor: Jana Bennet

Abstract

This thesis involves close readings of both essentialist and constructionist theological views of female sexuality, specifically in regards to reproduction. In particular the philosophies of the female body in the writings of essentialist" theologian Elizabeth Fox-Genovese and "constructionist" theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether are explored and analyzed. This thesis seeks to uncover new understandings of sexual freedom for women by examining both essentialist and constructionist views of female sexuality within contemporary feminist theology based on the various reactions to the Church's teachings on reproduction and emerging feminist philosophy of gender."

Keywords

Fox-Genovese, Elizabeth, 1941-2007 Criticism and interpretation, Ruether, Rosemary Radford Criticism and interpretation, Women Sexual behavior Religious aspects Catholic Church, Pregnancy Religious aspects Catholic Church, Feminist theology

Rights Statement

Copyright 2011, author

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