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Author Tan, Nancy Nam Hoon, author.

Title Resisting rape culture : the Hebrew Bible and Hong Kong sex workers / Nancy Nam Hoon Tan
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2021


Description 1 online resource
Series Rape culture, religion and the Bible
Rape culture, religion and the Bible.
Contents Cover -- Half Title -- Series Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Chapter 1 Introduction -- 1.1 Purpose of the book -- 1.2 Standpoint theory -- 1.3 The three biblical stories and the reading exercises -- 1.4 Synopsis -- Notes -- Chapter 2 Rape culture and sex work in Hong Kong -- 2.1 Rape laws in Hong Kong -- 2.2 Rape statistics in Hong Kong -- 2.3 Rape culture and resistance in Hong Kong -- 2.4 Sex work in Hong Kong -- 2.4.1 General background information about sex workers -- 2.4.2 Advocacy for sex workers in Hong Kong
2.4.3 Hong Kong laws governing sex work -- 2.4.4 Consequences of the laws regulating sex work -- 2.4.5 Section summary -- Notes -- Chapter 3 Sex workers read Tamar -- 3.1 The story in Genesis 38 -- 3.2 Hong Kong Christian interpretations -- 3.2.1 Tamar is to return home in Gen 38:11 -- 3.2.2 Tamar's actions in 38:14 and her conception in 38:18 -- 3.2.3 Hirah's search for the qdsh in Gen 38:20-23 -- 3.2.4 Judah sentences Tamar to death in Gen 38:24-25 -- 3.2.5 General summary of Hong Kong Christian interpretations -- 3.3 The sex workers' standpoint -- 3.3.1 Gen 38:9 is a rape text
3.3.2 Gen 38:14 is the climax of the story -- What Tamar sees -- What Tamar does to seduce Judah -- 3.3.3 Hirah's use of qdsh -- qdsh means an outsider -- Tamar is neither a qdsh nor a prostitute -- 3.4 Chapter summary -- Notes -- Chapter 4 Sex workers read the story of the two prostitutes and King Solomon -- 4.1 The story of the two prostitutes and King Solomon -- 4.2 Hong Kong Christian interpretations -- 4.2.1 Purpose of the story -- 4.2.2 Interpretations concerning the prostitutes -- 4.3 Sex workers' standpoints -- 4.3.1 Sympathy for the two prostitutes
4.3.2 Violence disguised as wisdom -- 4.3.3 The biblical author marginalises the prostitutes and their children -- 4.4 Chapter summary -- Notes -- Chapter 5 Sex workers read Gomer and the female prostitution figures in Hosea 1-3 -- 5.1 Gomer and the female prostitution figures in Hosea 1-3 -- 5.2 Hong Kong Christian interpretations -- 5.2.1 Prostitute, wife and mother -- 5.2.2 Justifications for punishment -- 5.3 Sex workers' standpoints -- 5.3.1 The problem of Hosea/YHWH condoning rape culture -- 5.3.2 The victimization of Gomer and the female prostitution figures
5.3.3 The problem of the female prostitution metaphors -- 5.4 Chapter summary -- Notes -- Chapter 6 Summary and conclusion -- Selected bibliography -- Subjects and authors index -- Biblical texts index
Summary Resisting Rape Culture tackles controversial and harrowing rape myths prevalent in rape culture: namely that sex workers do not get raped, and that they are deserving victims of sexual violence. Commonly, sociocultural discourses depict sex workers as morally deficient and promiscuous, having sex with multiple clients in exchange for payment. Consequently, they are often considered deserving of rape, sexual assault and other forms of abuse, or as people who should expect to receive such treatment. In a way, the Hebrew Bible contributes to such stigmatization ofand discriminationagainst sex workers, given first, its authority and second, its negative portrayals of prostitutes as outsiders. This cutting-edge book describes the rape culture in Hong Kong, focusing on how Hong Kong Christians interpret the Bible concerning prostitutes, and in turn how this affects the treatment of sex workers. Arguably, when interpretations malign the prostitutes in the Bible, and do not critique how the Bible portrays these women, we promote the stigmatization of sex workers and, in doing so, normalise and trivialise sexual discrimination, abuse and violence, ultimately promoting rape culture
Notes "Routledege Focus"--Cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Nancy Nam Hoon Tan is an independent scholar based in Singapore. Until January 2020, she was the Associate Professor in Hebrew Bible at Divinity School of Chung Chi College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
SUBJECT Bible. Genesis, XXXVIII -- Criticism, interpretation, etc. -- China -- Hong Kong
Bible. Hosea, I-III -- Criticism, interpretation, etc. -- China -- Hong Kong
Subject Rape in the Bible.
Sex workers -- China -- Hong Kong
RELIGION -- Bible -- General.
RELIGION -- Christianity -- General.
Rape in the Bible
Sex workers
China -- Hong Kong
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781000178630