This sense of urgency to talk is heightened particularly at this time, given the recent economically privileged, white male dominated, and politically driven incredible rhetoric regarding proposed government regulations of female bodies and sexuality (i.e., contraception, abortion, etc.).
The faith part is important as well. In this Judeo-Christian (Protestant) founded country, despite our constitutionally guaranteed right to the freedom of religion, the reality is that many of our land’s laws and ideals have deep roots in this puritanical, westernized version of Christianity. These roots cause many women of faith either to choose between her faith and her fullness of life or to live in a rather schizoid manner regarding her body and her spirituality. That’s not living in freedom.
My current research reveals that we have more options than these two. A woman’s life does not have to be so limited. We don’t have to be either the Madonna or the Whore. There’s at least a 3rd option – and probably several more. We can create enough safe space to figure out these options – to reclaim our goodness as sexual and spiritual beings.
If this is the kind of conversation for the women in your network, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). We can discuss ways to create such space in your community.
FYI – please check the “welcome” post for key definitions – sexuality, spirituality, & religion.
sexNspirit – it’s about more than just penetration . . .
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