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A history of celibacy

Abbott, Elizabeth, 1942-

New York : Scribner 2000

Available at Central Connecticut State University  Stack Level 4  (HQ800.15 A22 2000 )()

  • Title:
    A history of celibacy
  • Author/Creator: Abbott, Elizabeth, 1942-
  • Publisher: New York : Scribner
  • Creation Date: 2000
  • Edition: 1st Scribner ed.
  • Language: English
  • Physical Description: 493 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 433-474) and index.
    Includes bibliographical references (p. 433-474) and index.
  • Subjects: Celibacy -- History
  • Description: "Elizabeth Abbott's spirited and provocative exploration of celibacy debunks the traditionally held notion that celibacy is a predominantly religious concept of little concern to the secular world. With myriad examples, Abbott's history reveals insights not only about our religious practices but also about our sexual desires and changing attitudes toward gender and physical health." "From the vestal virgins of ancient Rome, who were entombed alive if they broke their vows, to contemporary athletes, who "conserve semen" to enhance their game, from celibacy as a guarantee for marriage to involuntary celibacy among prisoners, eunuchs, and young women cloistered against their will, Abbott puts a human face on celibacy, capturing the anguish of the castrated boy destined for an operatic career, the ecstasy of the woman whose celibacy is rewarded by visions of Christ, and the anger of the bachelor doomed by the surplus of males in contemporary China."--Jacket.
  • Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 433-474) and index.
    Includes bibliographical references (p. 433-474) and index.
  • Contents: Introduction: Considering Celibacy
    Ch. 1. Divine Pagan Celibacy. Greek Myths. Greek Literature. Classical Rituals. Pagan and Jewish Asceticism
    Ch. 2. Early Christianity. Origins. Unconventional Virgins. Celibacy Out in the Desert
    Ch. 3. Later Christianity. Celibacy and Clerics. Apostolic Women. Brides of Christ. Committed Sisters. Secular Celibates and Agape Love
    Ch. 4. Other Major Religions and Rites. Hinduism. Buddhism. Jainism. Ritual Celibacy. Sex-Positive Religions: Judaism and Islam
    Ch. 5. Celibacy to Conserve Semen. Totus Homo Semen Est. The Power of Semen in Sports. Brahmacharya and the Power of Semen
    Ch. 6. Female Celibacy Transcends Gender. Cross-Dressing for Military Success. Defying the Natural Order. Chastity with an Agenda
    Ch. 7. Celibacy as Womanly Duty. Celibacy as a Guarantee for Marriage. That Pesky Double Standard. Aids to Chastity
    Ch. 8. Abstaining in a Good Cause
    Ch. 9. Coerced Celibacy. Involuntary Celibacy. Widowed Celibacy. Castrated Celibacy
    Ch. 10. Celibacy to Repress Unconventional or Sorrowful Sexuality
    Ch. 11. Impotent Celibacy. Unwelcome Celibacy
    Ch. 12. Celibacy in Literature
    Ch. 13. The New Celibacy. Shrinking Cloisters. The Power Virgins. Celibacy in the Age of AIDS.
  • OCLC Number: 43115136
  • Identifier: ISBN0684849437;ISBN9780684849430;LCCN 99087803