Hollywood’s Depiction Of Nuns A Case Of ‘veiled Desires’

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The interview was edited for length and clarity. Q: When and why did you first become interested in this topic? A: My core research interests in sex and religion, and theology and sexuality, led over time to a correlative interest in women, their gender representation and history. From a personal point of view, I was influenced by the nuns who taught me: the Dominicans in grade school, and the Ursulines in high school. Both orders have a distinguished history as gifted educators. I grew up in the era of Betty Friedans Feminine Mystique. My mother and her friends and neighbors were college-educated but had left the city workforce to raise families in American House Beautiful suburbs. The nuns who taught me were feminist role models, though I did not realize it at the time. They were highly educated evidently smarter than the parish priests. They instilled an ethic of hard and meaningful work, of social conscience, of a responsibility to develop ones talents not only for a life of purpose, but in service to others. I admired their strong faith, dedication and care, sense of fulfillment and energy. A rare few were genuinely holy people, and there is nothing more attractive. Q: Have social media and the digital era made nuns more approachable rather than mysterious? A: Whether they are nuns in active ministries, visible all over the world, such as the Maryknoll Sisters, or nuns who remain in enclosed, contemplative communities like some Benedictines, nuns are more accessible. Nuns run websites and blogs that not only give ordinary people insight into their work, but allow them to request the prayers of help, comfort and spiritual strength that lie at the heart of religious life.

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“Im really proud of the family. The team is our family and weve been working extremely hard.” There was early heartbreak for the Burgess boys when their father, Mark, died from motor neurone disease aged only 45. Crowe holds such affection for the clan that the seat beside him at every home game is saved… as a place for their late father. Russell Crowe, pictured prior to the Australia Day Challenge match between South Sydney Rabbitohs an The brothers are huge physical specimens — Sam stands 1.96 metres (6ft 5ins) and weighs in at 116 kilogrammes (256 pounds) and his brothers are hewn of the same stuff. They make a considerable impact as they charge into rival defences with or without the ball. Sam has suffered his share of unsavoury incidents this season and was suspended for a “squirrel grip” (testicle grabbing) which left Melbourne Storm back Will Chambers writhing. “He is a guy who can be as vicious as he needs to be. He can do anything he needs to do during the course of that 80 minutes to bring the result towards his team,” Crowe said. “His will to win rises to any occasion. But the moment that final whistle blows, he is a completely different man.” Sam Burgess has developed into one of the most fearsome ball runners in the NRL while George had a tremendous season capped by being named the Dally M Rookie of the Season. Now the Burgess boys, minus Luke, are looking to translate their impact to the international level. “Sam was first to get the call, then George. Tom was the last as there was a doubt over his fitness but hes good to go,” England coach McNamara said.

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