In the Song of Songs, the beating of the woman by the watchmen in 5:7 is generally understood to be either part of a dream or waking fantasy by the woman. Briefly, having risen to open the door to her beloved, she is stunned to find that he has left. She goes out searching for him, but the watchmen instead find, beat, bruise and strip her (Song 5:2-7). This is a problematic moment in the text, especially for those who wish the Song to be understood as an egalitarian model of love between the sexes. However, according to Virginia Burrus and Stephen Moore's (2003) recent work on the Song, developed especially in light of Roland Boer's own pornographic x-egesis, the "beating" scene might just subvert the oppressive reduction of woman to passive sexual partner, even victim, expressing instead woman's desire for masochistic enjoyment.
|Title of host publication||The one who reads may run|
|Subtitle of host publication||Essays in honour of Edgar W. Conrad|
|Editors||R. Boer, M. Carden, J. Kelso|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publisher||T&T Clark (International)|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
Kelso, J-A. (2012). A woman is being beaten and maybe she likes it? Approaching Song of Songs 5:2-7. In R. Boer, M. Carden, & J. Kelso (Eds.), The one who reads may run: Essays in honour of Edgar W. Conrad (pp. 160-175). New York: T&T Clark (International).