Radical Equality: Dude, the Sex is BetterJune 14, 2012
For the religious sex offender, or any believer who acts out sexually with affairs or other noncriminal forms of acting out, Sexual Futurist has hoped someone out there might develop a theology which helped integrate spirituality and sexuality. Turns out, some one did.
Just Love, by Margaret Farley, a recently retired religious academic at Yale, was first published in 2006 but came under investigation…for its conciliatory views on masturbation, homosexuality and remarriage after divorce.”
The Vatican…declared that Farley’s book presented a “defective understanding” of church teaching…. Farley said…that her book was never intended to parrot official Catholic teachings on sexuality and instead sought to help them evolve, as with official views on usury and slavery.
…the controversy recalled a decree from the Vatican last month that the largest group of American nuns overhaul their organization because of “radical feminism.”
So, American nuns are struggling to respond to this recent Vatican criticism of their “radical feminism” and their purported failure to sufficiently condemn such issues as abortion and same-sex marriage. Turns out they are just too damn loving, too…Christ-like perhaps. Just Love, meanwhile, has gone from 142,982 at Amazon to number 14 in just 48 hours. None of us seem to be struggling to understand the Vatican’s denunciation of masturbation as “gravely disordered.” Instead, we wonder how the Vatican got so crazy that they expect the rest of us to believe that popes, bishops and priests don’t masturbate.
But what about “radical” as in radical feminism? Essential to radical feminism is its focus on the future, especially the future of reproductive rights as understood in 1984 by Lisa Tuttle,
“To be realised, reproductive freedom must include not only woman’s right to choose childbirth, abortion, sterilisation or birth control, but also her right to make those choices freely, without pressure from individual men, doctors, governmental or religious authorities. It is a key issue for women, since without it the other freedoms we appear to have, such as the right to education, jobs and equal pay, may prove illusory.”
How can this not be true? If I am not allowed control over my own body I cannot be said to have freedom or equality. For sexual futurists this freedom lays the foundation of genuine partnership between two equals; certainly no man worthy of the name would accept less for his sister, daughter or mother. Anything less than equality reduces women to merely talented animals with whom hetero men have sex. The heart of radical feminism: radical equality. Come reason with us.
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