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This book probes the conundrum of black sexuality, especially as it relates to black theological silence about sexuality. Douglas aims to understand why sexuality in general has been a "taboo" subject for the black church and community, attempts to advance "womanist" discourse on black sexuality, and seeks to promote theological discourse that might nurture healthier attitudes and behaviors toward sexually related concerns, especially homophobia/ heterosexism. Douglas, an Episcopal minister and associate professor of theology at Howard University Divinity School, is also the author of The Black Christ (Orbis, 1994). Her discussion offers food for thought. While readers may not concur with some of her broad conclusions, they will likely appreciate the deepened discourse. Recommended for collections seeking to cover issues affecting the black church and community.ALeroy Hommerding, Citrus Cty. Lib. Sys., Inverness, FL
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This book tackles the "taboo" subject of sexuality that has long been avoided by the Black church and community. Douglas argues that this view of Black sexuality has interfered with constructive responses to the AIDS crisis and teenage pregnancies, fostered intolerance of sexual diversity, frustrated healthy male/female relationships, and rendered Black and womanist theologians silent on sexual issues.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books; 59011th edition (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570752427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570752421
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Kelly Brown Douglas has opend a work that will be reqired reading in most schools of divinity. The conroling thesis of her work is the establishment of a sexual Discourse of Resistance as a counterforce to white racist culture that has exploited and damaged African American sexuality.Douglas contends that the damage is so deep that blacks have a difficulty speaking openly regarding issues of sexuality. She has masterfully made the interconnections between sexuality, racism, sexism and homophoia. She challenges the black church to employ her sexual discourse of resistance but does not clearly explain what contstitutes the black church. What about Black Catholics, Black Episcopalions, et.al. Her work underscores the sadness that some theologians (namely, Black Roman Catholics) could never author such a text because much of Douglas's volume counterveins Roman Catholic dogmatic formulations and a Catholic theologian would have to answer to Rome for such a work. Thank God for African American Episcopalions like Douglas.
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Kelly Brown Douglass has written an excellent first chapter for her book Sexuality and th Black Church. What she has done here is to explain the relevance of using Michel Foucault as a tool to look at the history of black sexuality in the United States. Her basic argument is that black sexuality as we know it today is a fiction, a number of fictions (made of up numerous stereotypes), more or less derived, from what she calls White Culture. That Black sexuality has been a means to discipline and control black bodies. This book is commendable in that it dares to use Foucault and that it touches upon the personal in such aa way as to make all a bit uneasy --- black, white, male, female, heterosexual and homosexual. We all have a lot to learn from her analysis.
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We love God, because God is not made with hands. Our spirituality is the sure hope and expectation longed for but not yet come into reality. The ones that runs the Church should read this book, I am sure you will appreciate the Black women even more than you did before.

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I added this book to my summer reading list but I am also using it as a reference for a paper that I am writing for class. This book has awesome insight on the sexuality, religion and relationships of African Americans. I highly recommend!
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Kelly Brown Douglas is Professor of Religion at Goucher College, and is also an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church. She formerly taught theology at Brown University. She is also the author of The Black Christ, Black Bodies and the Black Church: A Blues Slant, and What's Faith Got to Do With It?: Black Bodies/Christian Souls.

She wrote in the Introduction to this 1999 book, “Sometimes a person chooses a subject, and other times a subject chooses a person. This issue of Black sexuality chose me. How did it happen?... Renee Hill, one of my friends and theological colleagues… rightly observed that her womanist theological colleagues had imprudently ignored the issue of sexuality… At the time of her critique, neither I nor any other womanist religious scholar had given any sustained consideration to issues of homophobia/heterosexism or any other issue related to Black sexuality. What was going on?... Why were we womanist theologians… so disinclined to confront the oppression of lesbians or … the presence of homophobia/heterosexism within the Black community? Alice Walker’s definition [of womanism]… clearly affirmed the importance of human sexuality… Why were our voices so quiet, virtually mute, when it came to matters of sexuality?...

“These concerns became even more pressing for me as events in my personal life unfolded.
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