What makes a man: Gender and sexual boundaries on evangelical Christian sexuality websites

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This article examines how some evangelical Christian men create alternative meanings associated with gender-deviant sex in order to justify it within an evangelical framework. The author shows how Christian sexuality website users construct gender omniscience-a spouse and God's all-knowing certainty about one's "true" gender identity-to reconcile men's interests in non-normative sex with their status as Christian patriarchs. By constructing gender as relational and spiritual, they simultaneously normalize their behaviors while condemning others who participate in similar acts but fail to meet the requirements of gender omniscience. Challenging common assumptions about evangelical sexuality, this article offers insights into the intersection of heterosexuality, masculinities, and religion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-22
Number of pages20
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014



  • Hegemonic masculinity
  • heteronormativity
  • internet
  • religion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Anthropology

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