"Good Sex is a pioneering effort to create an interreligious
dialogue specifically on sexuality. . . . It] is the realization of
efforts by concerned feminists to talk across national and
religious borders in the name of social justice."-VOLUNTUS,
International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
"This collection of essays is a useful addition to contemporary
post-colonial, post-Beijing women's studies courses that seek to
integrate a plurality of cultural and religious perspectives into
the discourse on women's sexuality. . . . The volume is very
helpful in communicating a sense of the history or feminist
discourse and the effects of globalization on that discourse. . . .
And everyone smiles when they hear the title of the book."-Journal
of Contemporary Religion "This groundbreaking collection of 11
articles by women from eight countries and seven religious
traditions challenges male-defined ideas of sexuality that have
constricted women by denying them pleasure and autonomous agency
and threatening their well-being and, sometimes, lives. . . . While
the contributors do not always agree, they do recognize the
importance of global and interdisciplinary perspectives and affirm
the tension women experience when they work for change from within
a repressive tradition. Recommended." -Library Journal "The
collection as a whole makes both an explicit and implicit case for
culture, and not religion, being the primary source of
undertandings of sex as solely for reproduction, and illustrates
religions that have always recognized other purposes (Judaism,
Islam) as well as religions which have come to recognize other
purposes (Christianity). . . . A very useful collection in terms of
both the data is provides and its methodological
reflection."-Conscience "At this most timely moment in history,
Good Sex] presents diverse and supremely intelligent perspectives
on the systematic terrorizing of women through sexual slavery,
marital rape, domestic violence, and rules of behavior designed to
numb mind, body, and spirit. . . . At the same time, the major
message of the book is one of optimism. It offers eloquent language
for redefining sexual pleasure beyond immediate, goal-oriented
gratification and for discussing ethical principles that locate sex
at the center of public policy, not only in the bedroom or the
family law courts. . . . Good Sex] contains insightful arguments
for sexual justice, inviting us to rethink and expand our stock
definitions of what constitutes good sex, or even sex itself, and
to reevaluate the contexts in which such redefined sex can be
enjoyed. This collection of essays deserves to be on the shelf of
every library on the planet as well as standard issue in women's
study courses and all courses dealing with sexuality, spirituality,
and religion."-The Journal of Sex Research "Good Sex is a rare gem.
It opens doors of inquiry into feminism, religion, and
sexuality-exploring terrain that is vital to the human rights of
women and men. It invites passionate debate and will no doubt
become a classic."-Charlotte Bunch, executive director, Center for
Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University What is "good sex" in
the globalized world of the twenty-first century? This volume
brings together essays by feminist scholars from different
religions and cultures to consider how women are redefining
sexuality for the common good. The essays explore sexual and social
restrictions on women; religiously and socially acceptable avenues
of sexual expression; constructions of sexual identities; and
attitudes toward women's sexual desires. How is sexual desire
constructed within specific cultural and religious contexts? What
sacrifices must women make (and how do they make them) simply to
have sexual lives? What options and strategies are available to
women to dissolve the many restrictions imposed on their sexuality?
These are some of the questions being explored.
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