Monday, August 25, 2008

Pornographic theology

I found some of my reading in the Josephinum Journal of Theology to be uncomfortably explicit. The theologians are trying to tease out certain aspects of the unitive meaning of sex. Which requires examining rather intimate accounts of people's orgasms.

I can see how this position is logical: the pleasure involved in sex is a large part of what releases the oxytocin that causes the unitive effect. Exploring the unitive aspect of sex thus requires acquiring an understanding of the pleasure people derive from it.

Which I have difficulty with. My writing about birth control and the mechanics of inserting a diaphragm is one thing; people writing about their experiences of orgasm is an entirely different plane of intimacy. The writers tried to be clinical about their presentation. But it really struck me how close they were to requiring pornographic material to advance their theology.

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