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Verbum et Ecclesia

versão On-line ISSN 2074-7705
versão impressa ISSN 1609-9982

Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.30 no.2 Pretoria  2009 



Engendered Representations: Exploring sexuality through symbols and myths



Rory du Plessis; Marinda Maree

Institute for Women's and Gender Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa





This article reflects the findings of a project that was conducted by the Institute for Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Pretoria. In particular, the project sought to dialogue with religious and cultural leaders on the taboos, myths and misconceptions of human sexuality. The article provides an analysis of the symbols and myths of sexuality that were presented by these leaders. These symbols and myths were demystified to reveal their alignment to patriarchal gender divisions and inequality. This alignment proves problematic for women, as it views men as possessors of their bodies - insofar as women's bodies are conceived as the vessels for men's body fluids and the container of the foetus.

Keywords: gender; patriarchy; sperm; semen; symbolism; sexuality



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Rory du Plessis
Institute for Women's and Gender Studies
Humanities Building 20-17
University of Pretoria
Pretoria, 0002
South Africa

Received: 04 Mar. 2009
Accepted: 21 Apr. 2009
Published: 04 Sept. 2009

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