Sex and the Prophets II Click here for Sex, Religion and the Prophets --Part I
Sexuality, Change and Future Possibilities
Conjecture and Considerations
Why would the teachings of the wise, amazing Beings we call Prophets not be supportive of homosexuality right along with family living and fidelity? It seems that homosexuality did not have a place in their embracing vision for a future world. On that issue, it was flatly stated that sexual acts between those of the same sex were a deviation from God or Spirit's plan for us. Why that may be so has not been made clear to us, but the following could offer some food for thought.
Here's an interesting muse on the subject, as submitted by a reader:
A Revealing Muse?
On the effects of norms as regards clarity of sexual attraction in groups.
Beginning in the 60's women began meeting on their own in women- only groups for something more than coffee and chit- chat. They enjoyed the freedom of support- oriented, often homogeneous, heterosexual groups, . Part of what empowered them was that common commitment to escape the whole sexual- lust thing, by meeting sans male attendance. The groups became a boon to the women's inner growth. They provided a feeling and a safety that was not present in mixed groups. The difference was notable and the exclusive environment was felt as a very healthy place, Part of that effect, many thought was in the knowing that the women could put aside concern of lusting after the men, being a lusted after or becoming a sexual target. In addition, they were relieved of any desire to engage in jockeying for position or favor with the sexually desirable. Since then, both women and men have also found freedom, comfort and personal growth in such exclusive gatherings.
The same student also wrote this story excerpt, drawing from her own experience::
"In that hormonal time when it seemed that all the world were seeking to mate and pair up, the girl could see the need for and the value of her time with a group of women friends who she knew to be heterosexual in their attractions. With them, she knew she could allow herself to enjoy demonstrations of physical support without the fear of things being taken out of context, such as often happened when affections might be perceived or responded to in a sexual way. She felt safe within the women's group, and she knew that many of the friends enjoyed those social interludes exclusive of men for that reason too. She could never have felt anything like that freedom in the more mixed groups on campus, even those that were home to some of the local of homo-sexually oriented women, but even less so with the groups that included men. At those gatherings, it seemed that the whole atmosphere was different, more supportive, yet fun and serious at the same time."
The ideas brought out by this sharing opens up some tentative considerations.
Let none take these thoughts as gospel, but they may have a point.
The idea here is that some people have their best feeling of safety in a group that's free of sexually ambiguous motives and that a group like that can serve an important purpose. Similarly, a world in which people can see more clearly what is, and who is what in sexual choices, motivations and orientations seems to enhance personal trust and safety for many.
Just as people want to see who is married as well as assert their own marital status by the wearing of a wedding ring, (or not) many young people, at least, want to know the sexuality of those around them. It often influences the way the parties act as well as how guarded they might feel around one another. This can apply to the opposite sex as well as those whose sexual preference is for one's own sex. In the past, ones sex generally indicated one's sexuality. Today, not knowing what sex another is attracted to can complicate things in ways we can't foresee, like maybe in areas of trust or social alienation. Who knows all the implications of that?
In any case, in any situation the more ambiguity introduced, the more stressful a situation can become for most of us humans. Happiness hinges on similar factors, too. For example, studies found that trust in others is a big factor in our sense of comfort, serenity and happiness. If it's true that changing social and sexual norms can alter our very sense of safety and security, it may mean that those very changes will affect something big for many, even perhaps to human wellness, history and progress.
Here we see the big impact that sexuality and the knowing of it can make in gatherings and groupings. Perhaps it can give a clue as to what the awareness of the very personal kind of choice in sexuality could make to others who can feel more vulnerable in a world of greater ambiguity, especially if these kinds of choices become normalized within society without their being handled in a clear, open and very sensitive way that is responsive to the needs of everyone concerned.
The kind of change that may be coming to long-standing norms of sexual roles and attractions can be dealt with in various ways, but for many it really changes everything, and like any Pandora's box, it is likely to surprise us and may not work just as we expect it to. It may not yield the hoped- for result, and for many it may take some big- time adjustments that they may react to poorly.
This subject is continued on the next page-- Sex and the Prophets II-2 -- Part II continued; more Questions & possibilities
Related Pages :
Sex and Prophets-- The Basics
Sex, Religion and the Prophets I --
2 Types of Religious Law
Sex and the Prophets II -- A Healthy Future for our World: Norms, normalization & more
Sex and the Prophets III Some Questions & Considerations
Sex and the Prophets IV -- Choices for the Non- Conforming
* The ignorance of the knowlege of the true oneness of the faiths has obscured vital understandings
and set the religions against one another, causing war, suffering, humiliation and spiritual alienation and rebellion....