Feminist Review

, Volume 113, Issue 1, pp 93–102 | Cite as

gender, sex and religious freedom in the context of secular law

  • Christine M Jacobsen
  • Mayanthi Fernando
  • Janet Jakobsen
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In this round table,1 leading scholars discuss questions about the relationship between religion and secularism and gender and sexuality, including why and how do discussions about religious freedom and secularism tend to coalesce around questions of gender and sexuality, and how can we conceptualise the relation between sex, gender, religion and secularism differently? What is the relationship between the legal and paralegal regulation of gender and sexuality and the regulation of religion?

Christine: Sex and gender are at the heart of much controversy over religion in secular societies, and in general sexual freedom and gender equality are associated with secularism, so that regulating religion is seen as necessary for ensuring gender equality and sexual freedom. Playing on this assumed relationship, Joan Scott (2009) has coined the concept ‘sexularism’, which points to a particularly salient form of body-politics in today’s European secularism, which increasingly plays itself out in...


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  • Christine M Jacobsen
  • Mayanthi Fernando
  • Janet Jakobsen

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