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Between Man and Woman: Androgynes, Eunuchs and Other Sexualities in Judaism and Christianity


January 27, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Building 50, Room 51A

A lecture by Charlotte Fonrobert (Stanford). Part of a lecture series on  Sexuality, Gender, and Religion. Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and co-sponsored by the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Free and open to the public. For more information about the series, please contact Prof. Linda Hess. Stanford students can register for the entire series as a 2-unit course: RELIGST 24 / FEMGEN 24.  Note new venue for this lecture: Building 50, Room 51A.

Judaism and Christianity seem to be grounded in a strictly gender-dual social world, one that foregrounds the diametrically opposed nature and roles of men and women. However, in both traditions we find numerous voices that consider alternate models of gender identities and sexualities, such as the eunuch, the person who is variously referred to as an androgyne or a hermaphrodite, or a not-yet sexed person. The lecture will discuss some of these amazing sources, considering their relevance to contemporary discussions of gender diversity and intersexuality, and how they might inflect our perception of the role religion plays in shaping notions of gender and sexuality.