Found Wanting: Women, Christianity and Sexuality
Found Wanting: Women, Christianity and Sexuality by Alison Webster
In Found Wanting Alison Webster offers a trenchant lesbian and feminist critique of Christian teachings about sexuality. Christianity has idolized a particular heterosexual ideal which has been devised, refined and imposed with scant consideration of the experience, desires or needs of women. As a result the church is experienced by many women as an oppressive force which is damaging of both their sexuality and their spirituality.
Found Wanting gives voice to many women of Christian heritage who find themselves on the periphery of the Christian community because of their sexuality and/or their personal relationships. It explores the links between the promotion of heterosexuality, the denigration of women's love for the other women, silence about lesbian relationships, sexual violation and harassment and the marginalization of women of single women. Alison Webster shows how these are different manifestations of the same tyranny - that of heterosexual complementarity. In particular, Found Wanting draws upon lesbian experience in order to demonstrate how established Christianity works as a political institution to silence and exclude those who would challenge and question it.