If this subject is still hot — and what are the odds of that? — when I get my current projects finished, I am going to write a book about religion and sex. I mean sex is all over the blogosphere lately, even on Christian blogs. How can I possibly resist all of this? (This is just a small sampling of what I’ve stumbled upon over the last week or two.)
- Christian dating site turns out to be owned by…Penthouse! Newsweek sparked a conflagration among conservative Christians last week by pointing out that Christian dating site BigChurch.com is owned by Penthouse Media Group.
- Sexuality: Not just a guy thing. Most preachers preach to the guys because of how visual they are and how the media bombards us with sexual images, etc. But what about the girls?
- Because sex should not be pleasurable under any circumstances. Parents in Schenectady, NY are up in arms because the sex education in their school district dares to talk about sexuality as if it was a good thing. The nerve!
- Abstinence and education. One of my biggest mistakes as young uber-Christian, although clearly not my only one, was in misunderstanding the role of sex in a happy romantic relationship.
- Penance for sex. Back in the Middle Ages, sex was frowned upon. â€œCarnal relations,â€ even with oneâ€™s wife, were considered filthy.
I can’t resist including more about this last one:
St. Albert The Great helped write a handbook for clerics listing the lengths of punishments â€” how long you had to live on bread, water, and abstinence â€” for each type of â€œpleasureâ€ undertaken.
Letâ€™s play a game.
Iâ€™ll list a few positions.
You guess the order of punishment, from mildest to harshest.
- Mutual masturbation
- Coitus in terga â€” anal sex (with a cleric)
- Semenem in ore â€” oral sex
- Masturbation (men)
- Coitus retro â€” rear entry
- Women who use sex toys
- Dorsal sex (woman on top)
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