"No amount of belief makes something a fact." --James Randi
Many sexual futurists are hopeful while many more are pessimistic about the idea of integrating sexuality and spirituality in a manner that would contextualize sexuality while grounding our spirituality. In this vein, Darrel Ray, author of "Sex and God," shares his thoughts in an exclusive interview with Sexual Futurist:
Steven Ing: Can you imagine how religion might be integrated helpfully into people’s sexuality?
My exclusive interview with Dr. Ray, author of "Sex and God" continues. He makes the case that religion must be held accountable for a number of irrationally based policies that have successfully repressed human sexuality and simultaneously, science and women.
Steven Ing: Where do you think our species might be if religion had never existed or never focused on sex and sexual control?
In my exclusive interview with Dr. Darrel Ray, author of "Sex and God," he explains how religions around the world continue to bring shame to us all about normal human sexuality, calling out names and giving examples.
In my interview with Dr. Darrel Ray (below,at left), author of "Sex and God," he became increasingly personal and helpful as he challenged us to engage with the religious around us.
Steven Ing: How do you push past the frustration in every day life when religion becomes the topic of conversation? In other words, how do you maintain your composure and emotions when you see or hear of some needless pain that you know is essentially caused by organized religion?
Here is the conclusion to Steven Ings exclusive interview with Dr. Darrel Ray, author of "Sex and God."
Steven Ing: How do you see organized religions’ influence on sex evolving in the future especially with increasing globalization and technological advancements?
"You're not talking about rape correctly." That seems to be the view of many in the NY Times story about "Game of Thrones'" treatment of rape. The HBO series has featured innumerable murders, killings of all sorts, casualties of war, state-sanctioned beheadings, torture, genital mutilation--with a virtually all male cast of victims. But as alright as all that is, the series' nonlethal sexual assaults are just too much.
Just as in the story from Greek mythology where just looking at Medusa's head could have dire consequences--turning one into stone--so too might looking into the classic Greed stories themselves. So say some of the highly sensitive.
From the NY Times:
Whew! Sexual-based stigma is a whole lot bigger than I ever thought it could be. Sure, gays get their share of the hate and we all call that homophobia. Women get their second-class treatment and we call that misogyny. These are real problem behaviors that cause genuine suffering by promoting discrimination. I have no desire to minimize them or to suggest that we should stop talking about them. But there is a problem with thinking that these forms of ignorance and discrimination are only about gays or only about women. That is to miss the larger picture. Gays, women and...sex offenders.
Sometimes ignorance and irrationality is hilarious. Take this letter to America's national advice giver, Dear Abby: