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Christians under CoversEvangelicals and Sexual Pleasure on the Internet$
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Kelsy Burke

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286320

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286320.001.0001

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Christians under Covers

Kelsy Burke

University of California Press

This chapter challenges the common assumption that religion and sexuality are in tension with one another by introducing conservative evangelical Christians who use digital media to promote the idea that God encourages—even requires—married, heterosexual couples to have satisfying and active sex lives. Feminist and queer theory, critical heterosexuality studies, and religious studies provide the theoretical framework to analyze these media to show the complex—and sometimes contradictory—ways in which sexuality and religion manifest in social life. By examining the history of evangelicalism and sexuality in the United States, it becomes evident why evangelicals, rather than other Christian groups, have developed a successful sex-advice industry. This chapter describes Christian sexuality websites and their users and also elaborates the study’s methods.

Keywords:   religion, sexuality, evangelical, feminist theory, queer theory, virtual methods, virtual ethnography, digital media, critical heterosexuality studies

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