Why Religious People Are Ashamed of Porn

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One of the more exciting statistics used to denigrate religion is the fact that its followers seem to experience higher levels of guilt and shame regarding their sexual actions. Consider a headline from 2011, fairly bursting with its own conclusions: "Atheists have 'better sex lives than followers of religion who are plagued with guilt.'" This is brilliant stuff, destined for gleeful, bi-annual repetitions by the press, for there are few things more marvelous than sexuality, and few things … [Read more...]

Millennial Misery

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These are odd days. In 5 minutes I may come to know your appearance, birthdate, hometown, interests, likes and dislikes, favorite movies, recent thoughts, friends, family, acquaintances, occupations, and relationship status -- all without ever encountering you. These are delightful days wherein an Internet connection enables me and millions to observe a stranger's genitalia, days I may know the intimate details of another person to the point of their nakedness -- and never know them. I have … [Read more...]

Modesty Sets Fire

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What Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said is true, and damn true: "The Catechism was not written to please you. It will not make life easy for you, because it demands of you a new life." Its teaching on modesty is so explosive that, would we believe and actualize it, we would convert. But I suspect we prefer monotony to metanoia, commentary to action, and porn to everything else. We'll enthusiastically "note" the demands of the universal Church as "interesting," and immediately -- go back to … [Read more...]

Modesty is Honesty

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You, dear reader, are the only person in existence who knows you are a subject, an I, an unique consciousness, and an individual perspective in the Cosmos. I do not know you are a subject, for to know that would be to experience your subjectivity, that is, to be you. Indeed, forgive me, how rarely I can even muster up the faith necessary to believe you are a subject! When I see you in the crowd, the car, the mall, the hall -- I see you as an object amongst many, not as a unique … [Read more...]

Things Modesty Hasn’t a Damn Thing to Do With

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Our sexless, sterile, intolerably flaccid, bored, addicted, all-but-objectified, whored-out, frigid, entirely depersonalized, anti-erotic culture wouldn't know modesty if she took her shirt off and flashed us in an episode of Girls With Low Self-Esteem. (Not that she would, being modest.) This seems apparent in our inability to articulate a definition or criticism of modesty that isn't immediately suspect. Mainstream feminists stumble through their obligatory vocabulary to tell an … [Read more...]

Modest is Not Hottest

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I'll keep this short. Every time a Christian says "modest is hottest," a puppy jumps off a bridge, dies, and is run over by truck while second graders watch. (Which I really wouldn't care about, except that it gives godawful evolutionary biologists an excuse to pretend that willful suicide is a beneficial evolutionary trait unspecific to the human race.) That a phrase rhymes does not make it a truism -- I can "snooze" and not "lose," "fake it" and never "make it" -- and this is especially … [Read more...]

Is the “Purity Culture” Sexist?

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When discussing purity as it relates to our awesome, sexually-liberated culture, it's best to begin with a brief history of the female breast. The bosom has been through a lot, but allow me to point out its place in two distinct time periods, one Christian and one post-Christian. According to the traditional feminist narrative, a heavily Christian culture that promotes purity -- and even virginity -- would be a culture busy repressing the hell out of the female breast, while a liberal, … [Read more...]