The Evolution of Organic Sex: Sex and Christianity 7

Organic sex is more about a worldview than a particular sexual technique. Like organic farming, it is about observing not only the immediate benefits but the unacknowledged effects and side effects of an overly mechanized view of human relationships. It is about self-knowledge, about communication, about understanding the ways that contraception has fundamentally changed sex for the worse.

Not long ago the former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka and Penn State coach Joe Paterno made a radical and weird (to many) suggestion about how to reduce injuries to football players: remove the facemask. Of course if men continued to play the way they do today without facemasks, they would suffer broken noses regularly. But their point is that such a move would change the game, returning it to a style of play common decades ago. What such a proposal shows, though, is that many simply like the current violence in football too much. They don't want to change the game.

A similar argument is being made by advocates of organic sex. Of course if people continued to play at it the same way, they would get diseases and many pregnancies would be unplanned. But the point is that organic sex is also about changing the game, because the game has changed us, for the worse. We may be having lots of great (for now) sex, but our relationships are terrible. Proponents of organic sex are advocating for a rather simple position: let sex be a reflection of lifelong commitment. Unfortunately, what such a position unmasks is the fact that many simply enjoy the current violence being done to men, women, and children, and don't want to change the game.

10/17/2011 4:00:00 AM
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    About Alonzo L. Gaskill
    Alonzo L. Gaskill is an author, editor, theologian, lecturer, and professor of World Religions. He holds degrees in philosophy, theology, and biblical studies. He has authored more than two-dozen books and numerous articles on various aspects of religion; with topics ranging from world religions and interfaith dialogue, to scriptural commentaries, texts on symbolism, sacred space, and ritual, and even devotional literature.