Posts tagged gender
Feminists Do Not Want to Eliminate Gender

Ironically, not “seeing” gender is precisely what the patriarchal meritocracy wants. It wants us to believe that we exist in this ideological world where gender is invisible. “I treat all my employees the same,” claims the male boss with female employees, a statement which easily translates to, “I treat them all like men."

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Queering Theology: Christ in Stilettos

Gender is simultaneously an unimportant performance and a vital part of one’s identity. It has social signals and private understandings. But one thing it does not do is this: it does not determine our standing before God. It never has, and it never will. This isn’t feminists erasing gender – this is queer theologians recognizing the immense complexity of gender and the recognition that God’s love extends to all of us. God’s love breaks down those boundaries, those boxes that become our prisons. That is liberation. That is freedom.

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Queering Theology: The Emperor Has No Clothes

This is queer theology - it dismantles and erases those arbitrary boundaries. It points out that not only does the emperor have no clothes, but that his entire throne is built on lies. At the same time, it uses what we know of God’s love to reconstruct an image of God that is not tied into gender essentialist roles but rather respects the body as an individual creation with meaning in itself. We are not meatsuits ontologically determined, but rather our bodies are our selves that experience the world in multifarious and multifaceted ways.

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Context Matters: On Femininity, Figure Skating, and Complementarianism

In pairs figure skating, as in any art performance based sport, the artistic routines have some very basic and important rules that they have to follow – one of which is that through certain set pieces, the man and woman have to match the other’s movements in a synchronistic manner. In other words, if one is “leading” and the other “following,” they are doing it wrong because they are out of sync and not sharing equal skill. Both play equal roles and both have to trust the other not to injure them by making a mistake.

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Cruciform Incarnation: In Which All Bodies Must Matter

The thing about incarnational theology is not that our bodies are determined by our evolution, but that our bodies matter insofar as they are a major part of our lived experiences. An incarnational theology that generalizes about the differences in our bodies and functions on a binary view of gender will necessarily be flawed and inapplicable to all – which creates a Gospel that is not Truth for everyone.

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