I’m heading to NY for the weekend, alas a week too late to catch Rebecca’s presentation! I just wanted to post about this absurd yet somehow fun topic:
I think anyone who says they don’t masturbate has got to be a liar. Sorry, but just sayin’.
Apparently masturbation is still considered a sin by many religious folks (and by Christians who don’t think they are religious). I just wrote a section on how I accidentally discovered masturbation for my book, but I don’t think I want to post that scene on the internet. :-) Fortunately for me, although I bought into the no-sex-before-marriage idea when I was a teen and twenty-something, I didn’t know that masturbation was sinful. In fact, for the longest time, I didn’t even connect it with sex. I was a pretty stupid kid. Oy.
The ex-gay part of this story makes me sad. I knew the very first guy who was de-gayed by prayer and exorcism back in the early 80s. He used to have his story on his website, but he’s taken it down, so I guess I won’t mention his name here. He got married and had a couple of beautiful daughters before realizing his ex-gay life was a sham and he’d been caught up in the rush of being in the limelight as a role model for other young gay men. There were so many gay students where I went to Bible school, it is really funny in retrospect. And tragic. One of my good friends shot herself in the head after attending the Bible school. I’m pretty sure a big part of her despair was over the fact that she was a lesbian but couldn’t tell anyone about it and was not “cured.” I wish I could go back and change so much that I did and said in those days. In a way, everything I’m doing as an atheist and skeptic is a kind of pennance. Is that sick?
Sorry for the rambly message. I hope it is interesting to some of you even though I don’t have time today to polish my thoughts and make more sense out of them. Enjoy the weekend. I’ll be freezing my ass off staying in a motel on the beach on Long Island in the middle of winter.