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icymist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-04-10 01:23 PM
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Sexuality and Paganism (Answer by Starhawk)
Q :Do your religious beliefs exalt or stigmatize sex (or both)? Is religion a useful tool for helping young people navigate the treacherous world of sex, love and relationships? Does religion present an alternative view of sex and sexual relationships to the culture at large? Should it?

Pagans have a multiplicity of opinions on almost any subject, but if there's one thing we probably all agree upon, it's sex. Sex, in Pagan "thealogy", is a Good Thing, a gift of the Goddess, a way we connect deeply and intimately with one another and with the great creative forces of life. Sexuality is sacred. "All acts of love and pleasure are my rituals," says the Charge of the Goddess, one of our most beloved liturgies.

Our religious view of sexuality is an alternative to both sexual suppression and sexual exploitation. The prevailing culture sees sex either as an evil to be controlled or as a selling agent and profitable commodity. Neither view makes for healthy relationships or sacred connection.
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Ignis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-10 02:25 PM
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1. Wow, I didn't realize that Starhawk had written so much for the WaPo!
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