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Divine LoveLuce Irigaray, Women, Gender, and Religion$
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Morny Joy

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719055232

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719055232.001.0001

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Introduction: encountering Irigaray

Introduction: encountering Irigaray

(p.1) Introduction: encountering Irigaray
Divine Love

Morny Joy

Manchester University Press

This chapter presents an introduction to the study in this book: the encounter between woman and man, man and woman. An encounter characterized by belonging to a sexed nature to which it is proper to be faithful. Luce Irigaray is a formidable and passionate presence, both in person and in her writings. Irigaray has not identified herself with any particular movement. She declines the term ‘feminism’. She does not accept ‘-isms’ of any variety, as she indicates that they constrict the free play of exploration. It is a difficult task to introduce Luce Irigaray's work, particularly her ideas on religion and God. Primarily, this is because she does not want to be identified with any orthodox religious tradition. Second, she does not want to be classified according to conventional academic categories. Irigaray demonstrates that she is not satisfied with the liberal solution of equality to amend the prevailing situation. She believes that a constructive rethinking of the notion of ‘sexual difference’ is perhaps the most vital issue.

Keywords:   Luce Irigaray, feminism, sexual difference, orthodox religious tradition, equality

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