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Explore these free-to-read resources focused on the themes of gender and sexuality. Featuring eBook chapters, articles and a T&T Clark Jesus Library Audio lecture, this month’s featured content engages with gender and sexuality debates across Theology and Religion Online, from engaged Buddhism and Christianity, to Neo-paganism and the world of professional academia.

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Beards for Sale: The Uncut Version of Brian, Gender and Sexuality by Amy-Jill Levine in Jesus and Brian: Exploring the Historical Jesus and his Times via Monty Python’s Life of Brian

In this chapter, Amy-Jill Levine explores the depiction of women in Monty Pythons’ The Life of Brian. Levine examines how the film highlights first-century Jewish women’s social freedoms even as it reinforces stereotypes of their oppression. Levine argues that despite the androcentric nature of their work, perhaps the Python’s come closer to an accurate portrayal of gender and sexuality in Judaea in late Second Temple Judaism than many of today’s sermons, popular books and non-feminist academic literature.

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Suffering, sexuality and gender by Paul Fuller in An Introduction to Engaged Buddhism

Is the idea of karma an insurmountable problem for LGBTIAQ+ Buddhism? Should the removal of discrimination be central to Buddhism or does its roots in Buddhist culture give it a measure of validity? In this chapter, Paul Fuller considers gender and sexuality in engaged Buddhism, exploring the nuances in the modern debate around discrimination and karma.

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The Difference that Gender Makes in Scholarship, Publication and Promotion by Chris Keith (Interviewer), Sarah Rollen (Interviewee) and Candida Moss (Interviewee) in T&T Clark Jesus Library Audio lectures

In this discussion between Professor Sarah Rollens and Professor Candida Moss, moderated by Professor Chris Keith, the challenges faced by female biblical scholars in academia are considered. Covering issues such as sexism, internalised misogyny and representation, as well as the possible actions and solutions to these issues.

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Song of Songs by John W. Rogerson in Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible

Why is the Song of Songs in the Bible? It contains no reference to God and can be read as a not particularly subtle set of references to sexual liaisons between a man and a woman. In this chapter, taken from Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible, John W. Rogerson discusses the Song of Songs, and how in an age of pornography and the commercialisation of sex, these poems can provide a valuable insight into human relationships.

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Gender in Neo-paganisms by Jennifer Snook in Main Articles

In this article, Jennifer Snook examines gender construction and contestations through the lens of neo-paganism. With a case study of Wicca and heathenry in the United States, Snook explores heathen constructions of gender in a larger socio-political and historical structure, demonstrating how they both resist and reinforce dominant gender hierarchies and understandings. Ultimately offering connections between microlevel beliefs and behaviours, and macro-level structures of power.

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Gender matters: Second-generation Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims growing up in Canada by Rubina Ramji in The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Migration

In this chapter, Rubina Ramji examines the interwoven influences of gender, religion and culture on second-generation immigrants in Canada. Ramji discusses six representative stories gathered during a multi-year research project with subjects from Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim families, exploring the difference that gender makes to the transmission of religious identity.

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