Paganism and the Body

Christine Hoff Kraemer, Ph.D.

Contemporary Pagans widely affirm the sacredness of the body and of sexuality. Students will engage theological and ethical writings around gender, sexuality, and the body from Pagan and allied perspectives. Special attention will be given to Pagan understandings of same-sex relationships, BDSM, polyamory, transgender, and other marginalized expressions of gender and sexuality. Students will develop their own theologies of the body in a context that takes both personal liberation and social justice into account. Students will also consider the challenges and joys of ministering to a diverse Pagan community and emerge better equipped to counsel their communities in ethical responsibilities around eroticism and touch.

Instructor: Christine Hoff Kraemer, Ph.D.
Class Meetings: Thursdays 9 PM ET
Required Texts:
Urban, Hugh. 2006. Magia Sexualis: Sex, Magic, and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism. Berkley: University of California Press.
Hunter, Jennifer. 2004. Rites of Pleasure: Sexuality in Wicca and Neo-Paganism. New York: Citadel Press.
Prerequisites: none
Fulfills: This course counts as an Area I or an Area III course.
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