• Desire Work: Ex-Gay and Pentecostal Masculinity in South Africa

    Pages: 232
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  • Acknowledgments
    1. Cultural Convergences
    2. Building Godly Emotional Intimacy
    3. Becoming Spiritual Warriors: Learning How to Fight Demonic Sexual Desires
    4. Mastering Romance and Sexual Feelings
    5. "I Didn't Fall, I'm Free": Leaving Healing Revelation Ministries
  • “Melissa Hackman makes an important contribution to existing literature on global Pentecostalism and gender and sexuality studies with this analysis of the technologies of gendered, sexual, religious, and racial self-making in post-apartheid South Africa. Hackman astutely observes that post-apartheid constitutional recognition of LGBT rights created an environment for this ministry of predominately white men to come out and self-identify as ‘ex-gay,’ thus realigning themselves with a persistent apartheid social hierarchy that privileges white heterosexual males.” — Judith Casselberry, author of, The Labor of Faith: Gender and Power in Black Apostolic Pentecostalism

    “One of Desire Work's great contribution is Melissa Hackman's ability to put a human face on the men who try but fail to convert to heterosexuality. I very much enjoy her personal touch in relating stories about her experiences and her subjects, and she has done an extraordinary job of eliciting extremely personal insights from her subjects, in some cases letting them hang themselves with their own words, and in others, allowing us to share the pain, confusion, and cruel optimism. I love this book.” — Marc Epprecht, author of, Sexuality and Social Justice in Africa: Rethinking Homophobia and Forging Resistance

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  • Description

    In post-apartheid Cape Town—Africa's gay capital—many Pentecostal men turned to ex-gay ministries in hopes of “curing” their homosexuality in order to conform to conservative Christian values and African social norms. In Desire Work Melissa Hackman traces the experience of predominantly white "ex-gay" men as they attempted to forge a heterosexual masculinity and enter into heterosexual marriage through emotional, bodily, and religious work. These men subjected themselves to daily self-surveillance and followed prescribed behaviors such as changing how they talked and walked. Ex-gay men also saw themselves participating in the redemption of the nation, as South African society was seen as suffering from a crisis of masculinity in which the country lacked enough moral heterosexual men. By tying the experience of ex-gay men to the convergence of social movements and public debates surrounding race, violence, religion, and masculinity in South Africa, Hackman offers insights into the construction of personal identities in the context of sexuality and spirituality.

    About The Author(s)

    Melissa Hackman is a Visiting Lecturer of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Georgia State University.
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