The Gendering of Pastors in Contemporary Nordic Films: Norms, Conventions and Contemporary Views

Author:

Sofia Sjö 

Åbo Akademi University, FI
About Sofia

Comparative religion, Dr. theol.

Abstract

The article examines how Lutheran pastors are gendered in six well-known Nordic films. Building on the theory of mediatisation of religion, the study argues for the need to look at how media shapes religion and gender for a thorough understanding of views
on religion today. The film analyses show a connection between female pastors and less problematised forms of religion, but also traditional ways of undermining women in films. The films are argued to present a problematised religious view on sexuality, mostly connected to male pastors. Both aspects of gendering religion are tied to larger debates and discussions of religion and gender in the Nordic countries today. The article suggests that media have the potential to challenge traditional religious norms and to present their own norms, and highlights the need for further comparative studies.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/rg.10084

How to Cite: Sjö, S., (2015). The Gendering of Pastors in Contemporary Nordic Films: Norms, Conventions and Contemporary Views. Religion and Gender. 5(1), pp.91–104. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/rg.10084