Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, Vol 1, No 3 (2007):Forum on Religion, Nature and Culture (part II)

Overkill: Why Excess and Conflict are both Sexy and Sacred

Jane Caputi
Issued Date: 9 Oct 2007


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.

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DOI: 10.1558/jsrnc.v1i3.277


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