Original Research - Special Collection: Women Theologies

Korean women’s theology and misogyny

Anna Cho
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 78, No 2 | a7514 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v78i2.7514 | © 2022 Anna Cho | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 March 2022 | Published: 22 September 2022

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Anna Cho, Department of Systematic Theology and Ecclesiology, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa


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Abstract

In this article, it is argued that the reason why Korean women’s theology could not be systematically established lies in the deeply rooted misogyny in society and church. Thus, the issue of misogyny was considered from the perspective of womanism in terms of the performative language that carries out misogyny. This was designed to find a way to overcome the problem of misogyny in society. The socialisation and practice of misogyny becomes effective through language, which creates social values and systemic institutions, thus creating a language-society. Therefore, this article proposes to look at misogyny, which is the basis of discrimination against women, in terms of the performative language. In addition, methods to overcome the problem of misogyny and to establish a constructive theology of women are presented through the performative language.

Contribution: A study on ‘misogyny-language’, a mechanism of discrimination and oppression against women, reveals that social structures, systems and institutions are the result of the performative language and will help to overcome the problem of misogyny. In addition, it will contribute to the promotion of women’s theology and women’s rights around the world.


Keywords

Korean womanist theology; misogyny; the performativity of language; sense of community; religious awareness

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