Gender Consciousness, Body Awareness, and the Humanization of Religion

Amanda Porterfield

in The Transformation of American Religion

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780195131376
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834570 | DOI:
Gender Consciousness, Body Awareness, and the Humanization of Religion

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Awareness of gender roles, and gender role conditioning, became increasingly prevalent in late twentieth‐century America. As an outgrowth of the civil rights movement and experiments in consciousness raising, the women's movement promoted gender consciousness as an essential part of women's liberation. The close connection between gender and religion became increasingly apparent, especially as academic courses in women's studies explored these connections. Focusing on the writings of Mary Daly and other pioneers in feminist theology, this chapter shows how gender awareness became an important element in twentieth‐century American spirituality.

Keywords: consciousness raising; Mary Daly; feminist theology; gender; women's movement; women's studies

Chapter.  14876 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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