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Feminist Theology and the Challenge of Difference$
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Margaret D. Kamitsuka

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195311624

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311624.001.0001

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 Reinterpreting Sex, Sin, and Desire

 Reinterpreting Sex, Sin, and Desire

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Feminist Theology and the Challenge of Difference

Margaret D. Kamitsuka (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter interrogates the assumption of natural maleness and femaleness found in feminist theological writings on the imago dei and so-called women's sin. A sex binarism is problematic because of its link to heteronormativity (the notion that heterosexuality is the only legitimate form of sexual desire) and thus to heterosexism. Judith Butler's poststructuralist theory of performativity is used to deconstruct that sex binarism. The theory of performative sexed identity is applied theologically in order to reformulate the notions of sin and women's creation in the image of God. The chapter's critical examination of Grace Jantzen's alternative proposals about women's selfhood and desires opens up a larger issue of how in the process of rethinking sex, sin, and the imago dei, the feminist theologian can rediscover desire for the tradition itself.

Keywords:   poststructuralism, sex binarism, Judith Butler, heteronormativity, performativity, embodiment, imago dei, Grace Jantzen

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