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Sexuelle Gewalt gegen Männer im Alten Testament

In: Biblische Zeitschrift
Mathias Winkler Seminar für Katholische Theologie, Fakultät I, Universität Siegen Adolf-Reichwein-Str. 2, 57068 Siegen Deutschland

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Sexual violence against men is a neglected topic in the field of biblical studies. This article argues for a perspective informed by critical masculinity studies to understand sexual violence against men in an adequate way. It is used as a tool within masculine hierarchies to demean other men and their masculine performance. However, sexual violence against men is often hidden, in the texts as well as in their exegetical commentaries because sexual violence against men is almost unimaginable in common notions of successful masculinities. The article shows that sexual violence against men was used as a rhetorical tool in historical sources. Furthermore, it criticizes exegetical terminology about sexual violence against men (reversed rape, feminization) which conceal the impact of sexual violence on masculinities. The article closes with some considerations for further research.

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