Table of Contents

Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Table of Contents; Body; Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Theoretical frameworks and central concepts; 2.1 Interpretation as communication and relationship; 2.2 Body as a medium; 2.3 An aisthetic theology; 2.4 Imagination; 2.5 Queer thinking; 2.6 When media, sexuality and theology meet; 3. Setting the scene: Changes in sexual culture; 3.1 Liberalisation; 3.2 Sexualisation and radicalisation; 3.3 Commodification; 3.4 Technologisation and globalisation; 3.5 Why do people have sex?; 3.6 The role of media; 4. Developments in theological approaches to sex. 4.1 Traditional approaches to sexuality in moral theology4.2 What the Vatican thinks about sex; 4.3 New approaches in sexual ethics; 4.4 A theology of sexuality: Systematic approaches; 4.5 Sexuality as theology; 4.6 Theological anthropology and (no) sexuality; 4.7 Communication and communion: Sex, religion and media; 5. Media's views on sex; 5.1 Advertising: Commodification of sex and spiritualisation of consumption; 5.1.1 The allure of an armpit: Sex in advertising; 5.1.2 Infallible and divine: Religion in advertising; 5.1.3 The sinful temptation of religious-sexual ads. 5.1.4 Ads that provoke 5.2 Cybersex: Intimate distance and playful transgressions; 5.2.1 What is cybersex?; 5.2.2 Theoretisation and evaluation of cybersex; 5.2.3 Suggestions for a theological reflection on cybersex; 5.3 Films: Pornographic, critical.
theological?; 5.3.1 Form, aesthetics, narratives; 5.3.2 Sex in human existence; 5.3.3 Bonjour tristesse; 6. Sex, media and theology: A ménage-à-trois with synergetic potential; 6.1 A brief glance back; 6.2 Roles and functions of media in contemporary sexual-theological discourses; 6.2.1 Experiential; 6.2.2 Commodifying; 6.2.3 Critical. 6.2.4 Constructive6.3 Sexual inspirations for theological anthropology; 6.3.1 The human paradox; 6.3.2 Being a sexual person; 6.3.3 Sexual transgressions; 7. Bibliography; Index; Back Cover. Sex, Media and theology - a provocative mix. Reactions can vary from rejection to openness and curiosity. This volume follows the latter path: on the background of changes in contemporary sexual culture and theological developments in the reflection on sexuality, three media - internet, advertising and film - are analysed with respect of their representation of sexuality and their contribution to theological reflections on sex. This shows: sex in media is more than a provocation; it provides an inspiration for theological thinking about human beings, their relationships with others, and also with God.