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God Gave Us The Right: Conservative Catholic, Evangelical Protestant, and Orthodox Jewish Women Grapple with Feminism [Kindle Edition]

Christel Manning
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What does it mean to be a religious conservative, particularly for a woman, in America today? Drawing on two years of ethnographic research in Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish communities, Christel Manning explores the diversity of views among women who have returned to tradition. Arguing that America has undergone profound cultural and economic changes in the last thirty years--changes that have created tension between women's lives and traditional gender roles--she demonstrates that conservative Catholics, Evangelical Protestants, and Orthodox Jews negotiate those tensions in a variety of ways.

Manning explains how they deal with the contradictions arising from their attempts to integrate feminist and traditionalist norms. The comparative kaleidoscope that Manning presents of these women's views on feminism, however, shows them to be deeply rooted in the diverse theologies and historical experiences of their communities.

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Manning (religious studies, Sacred Heart Univ.) has written a comparative study of women who have converted or returned to three different conservative religious communities: Catholic, orthodox Jewish, and evangelical Protestant. Her research challenges the popular view that conservative religious women as united in opposition to secular feminist goals. Through an exploration of these women's views on issues identified with secular feminism, from abortion and homosexuality to women's place in society, Manning shows the diversity of conservative responses. Especially interesting are the ways in which these women's stated attitudes often differ from those of the religious right's official leadership, as well as the degrees to which these women have integrated feminism into their own lives (despite a generally explicit opposition to the feminist movement). Manning observes these women in the context of their respective religious communities and explores their responses to feminism and other challenges of secular society. Suitable for academic libraries and women's studies collections.?Rachel Singer, Franklin Park P.L., IL
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"Delves into the complex, seemingly contradictory, emotions and behaviors of women who embrace conservative religious traditions as they come to terms with feminism." -- Debra Renee Kaufman, author of Rachel's Daughters

"Highly accessible...Manning introduces us to some thoughtful women from evangelical Protestant, Orthodox Jewish, and conservative Catholic backgrounds -- analyzing their lives as a complicated blend of modern values and traditional belief." -- Margaret Bendroth, Author of Fundamentalism and Gender, 1875 to the Present

"This book shatters stereotypes and portrays the religious lives of ordinary women as they really are." -- Wade Clark Roof, J.F. Rowny Professor of Religion and Society, Department of Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara

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  • File Size: 4042 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press (January 1, 1999)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000RXZY3S
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feminists and Non-Feminsts can benefit from this book. January 24, 2006
If you want to hear the VOICES of women in regards to their conservative religious beliefs and their tensions with feminism this is a great book.

I really respect that it is full of case studies and interviews that allows women to speak and allow the reader to in turn listen. As a feminists I wish these women did not feel antagonistic towards feminism but also as a feminist I value women's lives, choices, opinions, and voices. These women are important and they speak to the very real tensions that deserve more attention between women who are for and and women who are against feminism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing book December 29, 2012
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I wanted to understand the differing philosophies of women from these 3 different religious backgrounds. This book does a wonderful, non-judgemental job of presenting their thoughts and conclusions concerning women's role in the home, the workplace and the church.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh July 7, 2012
By Jeska
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I purchased this hoping to read something interesting and the author is pretty set in her own beliefs being right and those she is "studying" being wrong. I want to throw this book pretty much every time I pick it up. If you are buying it now and expecting it to be relevant, it is full of research from the 70's and 80's and written in the 90's and truly views conservative women as needing to be fixed. Not worth the angst. Pick a different book.
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