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“Don’t Drink the Water”: Women, Gender, and the Study of Religion

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It can be argued that in the academic study of religion and the social sciences in general, feminism as a term and a methodology, even an ideology, is still necessary because it still burns, goading the author and the reader to admit his or her theoretical assumptions and ideological baggage. Juschka's charge that "gender depoliticizes feminist analyses" gets at the appeal of gender in the "scientific" study of religion. It can be argued that gender does not duck political alliances altogether, but instead amorphously adapts to the political pose chosen by the author including that of "value-neutral". The increasing use of gender in Religious Studies as though its meanings are self-evident is an opportunity for critical debate in method and theory. It is imperative that gender and feminist work is not considered to be outside the scope of the so-called objective study of religion.

Keywords: feminism; gender; Juschka; religion; Religious Studies



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