Date of Award
Master of Arts in Theology
School of Theology and Seminary
Helen Rolfson, OSF
This study explores the way in which ancient physiological theories influenced female gender definition, both psychologically and practically. Special emphasis is placed on the ascetic understanding of both the effects of food restriction in the female body and the goals of "becoming male" and the disappearance of gender differentiation. This investigation focuses on the physical effects of food deprivation, the theological understanding of gender and the ideal of virginity.
Fernandez, Agostino C. OSB, "Concepts of Gender: How Male Writers Color Issues of Female Asceticism" (2003). Graduate Papers/Theses. 1002.
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