Hugh B. Urban

in Magia Sexualis

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247765
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932883 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses the broader implications of modern sexual magic, both for religious studies and for our understanding of sexuality in contemporary culture as a whole. It suggests that the advocates of sexual magic provided a telling insight into the larger desires, fears, and contradictions surrounding sexuality in Western society over the last two hundred years, and expressed both the hope of liberation through sexual freedom and the ever-present danger of the commodification of desire in the late capitalist world. The chapter contends that sexual magic also raised many difficult questions about the relationship between sexuality and religion today, in the aftermath of our various cultural and sexual revolutions.

Keywords: sexual magic; religious studies; sexuality; culture; Western society; sexual freedom; liberation; desire; religion

Chapter.  5141 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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