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Christianity and Sexuality

Girls and Women Forge New Paths

Sharon Woodill

, often successfully, conflicting messages and convictions create an important space in the religion and sexuality literature. It disrupts the secular narrative that often dominates this discourse that posits the utter incompatibility of Christianity, in

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“I’m No Donna Reed”

Postfeminist Rhetoric in Christian At-Home Daughterhood Texts

Elizabeth Shively

-at-home daughter camp hashed out the piece as did online news outlets like Jezebel and the websites for Christianity Today and Time magazine ( Adams 2010 ; Prior 2010 ; Stein 2010 ). The tone of author Gina McGalliard’s original piece framed at

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From Boy to Man in Antiquity

Jesus in the Apocryphal Infancy Gospel of Thomas

Reidar Aasgaard

This article presents a survey of research on childhood in antiquity and describes briefly the position of children in late antiquity and early Christianity. Special attention is given to the relationship between childhood and gender, with a focus on boyhood. The article analyses the apocryphal Infancy Gospel of Thomas, which tells the childhood story of Jesus from age five to twelve. This brief story, which consists of miracle stories and discourses, originated in Greek in the 2nd century CE and became widely popular. The article shows that its depiction of Jesus conforms to current ideas of gender, gender relations, and gender socialisation. A central claim in the article is that boys were not expected to show the same degree of self-restraint as were adult males, but that as children they were allowed to behave more emotionally and unpredictably. Rather than being literarily inferior or theologically aberrant, the Infancy of Gospel of Thomas in its depiction of Jesus gives a lively and credible glimpse into the world and development of a late antiquity or early Christianity male child on his way from boyhood to male adult life.

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Claudia Mitchell

violent self, and therefore make female externalized violence what [they] describe as narrative-able.” Two book reviews round out this issue. In “Christianity and Sexuality: Girls and Women Forge New Paths,” Sharon Woodill reviews Sonya Sharma’s Good

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Becoming a Gentleman

Adolescence, Chivalry, and Turn-of-the-Century Youth Movements

Kent Baxter

the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, coming-of-age was associated with the carrying of arms, the inheritance of land, and “adult status.” Another important factor in the early constructions of the concept of chivalry was how it reflected Christianity

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Jasmyn Galley

—the very same symbol of Western culture—to do so. Patsy’s abuse at the hands of Dicky and his crucifix stands as a metaphor of the rape of Native cultures by both Christianity and colonialism. Furthermore, Patsy is pregnant, which implies that this cultural

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Kaoru Miyazawa

marriage as what Eggleston et al. (1999) think of as acts of transgression that deserve punishment. This is not a surprising coincidence when we reflect on the history of colonization that involved the travel of Christianity and its values concerning

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The Schoolboy Sports Story

A Phenomenon and a Period Distinctive in the Cultural History of America

R.W. (Bob) Reising

, but readers reared on trade books will find it difficult to access. It is unfortunate, too, that Muscular Christianity receives but one brief mention; as Clifford Putney explains in Muscular Christianity (2001) , that movement proved powerful during

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Digitizing the Western Gaze

The End FGM Guardian Global Media Campaign

Jessica Cammaert

requirement to be pure, despite the fact Islam, Judaism, and Christianity do not proscribe the practice. The impact of cutting on marriage relations is then highlighted, pointing to the filmmakers’ concern for FGM’s ability to reduce sexual desire in women

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Boyz2Men

Male Migrants’ Attitudes to Homosexuality and What Age Has To Do with It

Katarzyna Wojnicka

without children. Sixteen research participants identified as heterosexual and two homosexual. All of them declared an attachment to Christianity. The research participants were recruited using a variety of methods, which are described in detail in