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date: 24 June 2021

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This chapter presents a broad overview of NRM research on gender, and to some extent sexuality. The first section covers early feminist scholarship, Scandinavian scholarship, quantitative approaches and male majority adherence to NRMs. The second section features examples of gender perspectives on select new religions, ranging from the extremely diverse Pagan movement to ‘fundamentalist’ movements such as the Unification Church and Mormonism, with perspectives on cultural change, gender roles and the “youth crisis theory.”

Keywords: Gender, sexuality, feminism, women, sex typology, masculinity, femininity, cisgender, transgender, NRM, New Religions, New Age, Art of Living, Satanism, Scientology, Paganism, Osho, Rajneesh, Unification Church, goddess, youth crisis theory, fundamentalis

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