The vagina dialogues essentialist and constructionist views of female sexuality in contemporary feminist theology
Date of Award
M.A. in Theological Studies
Department of Religious Studies
Advisor: Jana Bennet
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."
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
Copyright 2011, author
Ross, Karen E., "The vagina dialogues essentialist and constructionist views of female sexuality in contemporary feminist theology" (2011). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 314.