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Good Sex is a pioneering effort to create an interreligious dialogue specifically on sexuality It is the realization of efforts by concerned feminists to talk across national and religious borders in the name of social justice VOLUNTUS International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations This collection of essays is a useful addition to contemporary post colonial post Beijing women's studies courses that seek to integrate a plurality of cultural and religious perspectives into the discourse on women's sexuality The volume is very helpful in communicating a sense of the history or feminist discourse and the effects of globalization on that discourse And everyone smiles when they hear the title of the book Journal of Contemporary ReligionThis groundbreaking collection of 11 articles by women from eight countries and seven religious traditions challenges male defined ideas of sexuality that have constricted women by denying them pleasure and autonomous agency and threatening their well being and sometimes lives While the contributors do not always agree they do recognize the importance of global and interdisciplinary perspectives and affirm the tension women experience when they work for change from within a repressive tradition Recommended Library JournalThe collection as a whole makes both an explicit and implicit case for culture and not religion being the primary source of undertandings of sex as solely for reproduction and illustrates religions that have always recognized other purposes Judaism Islam as well as religions which have come to recognize other purposes Christianity A very useful collection in terms of both the data is provides and its methodological reflection ConscienceAt this most timely moment in history Good Sex presents diverse and supremely intelligent perspectives on the systematic terrorizing of women through sexual slavery marital rape domestic violence and rules of behavior designed to numb mind body and spirit At the same time the major message of the book is one of optimism It offers eloquent language for redefining sexual pleasure beyond immediate goal oriented gratification and for discussing ethical principles that locate sex at the center of public policy not only in the bedroom or the family law courts Good Sex contains insightful arguments for sexual justice inviting us to rethink and expand our stock definitions of what constitutes good sex or even sex itself and to reevaluate the contexts in which such redefined sex can be enjoyed This collection of essays deserves to be on the shelf of every library on the planet as well as standard issue in women's study courses and all courses dealing with sexuality spirituality and religion The Journal of Sex ResearchGood Sex is a rare gem It opens doors of inquiry into feminism religion and sexuality exploring terrain that is vital to the human rights of women and men It invites passionate debate and will no doubt become a classic Charlotte Bunch executive director Center for Women's Global Leadership Rutgers UniversityWhat is good sex in the globalized world of the twenty first century? This volume brings together essays by feminist scholars from different religions and cultures to consider how women are redefining sexuality for the common good The essays explore sexual and social restrictions on women religiously and socially acceptable avenues of sexual expression constructions of sexual identities and attitudes toward women's sexual desires

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