Mormons and Full Frontal Snogging — UPDATED

Now, with the relevant link.Leah Libresco discusses an article that asks, why is it that there are so many Mormons in genre fiction? Certainly there are, and they include some of my favorites, including Orson Scott Card and Brandon Sanderson. (L.E. Modesitt is also a favorite, but although he lives in Utah and has written a couple of books that riff on Mormonism, I don't know whether he's a Mormon or not.) And then of course there's Stephenie Meyers' sparkly vampires. One conjecture the … [Read more...]

Monogamy Fulfills Eros

Last July there was an article in the Atlantic that stated that Monogamy kills Eros, as though this was an undeniable and invariable truth. Now me, I knew that this was wrong on the face of it; I've been married for over a quarter of a century, and my experience is quite the contrary. Still, it's not enough to stand athwart the writer's prose shouting "No!" and so I had to spend some time thinking about it. And it seems to me that Monogamy only kills Eros if you misdefine the terms as … [Read more...]

Love, Sex, and other Inequalities

Katrina Fernandez, aka The Crescat, has knocked it out of the park with a post on love, sex, and the difference between them. According to her, a lot of the people she runs into assume that if you're not having sex with them you don't love them; and if you're having sex with them, you love them, and they love you. This strikes me as bizarre, but then, it strikes Katrina as bizarre, too:The implication here is that single people practicing chastity are not experiencing love. Also, it … [Read more...]