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Sex, Love, and Marriage in the 21st Century: The Next Sexual Revolution
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These are the stories of real people, struggling with real issues of how to nurture and support the Divine within, not by denial, possessiveness, or compressing love into a tiny box of "acceptable" dimensions. Casting off the falsely imposed shackles of Greco-Roman asceticism concentrated through the lens of Puritanism, the people whose stories are told in this volume offer a message of hope to all of us.
These men and women, lay and clergy, drawn from an array of spiritual paths, are not self-indulgent, spoiled, immature, lascivious, lustful, or any of the other pejoritive epithets likely to be hurled by the ignorant defenders of the confining status quo. Their quest to recognize, nurture, and sustain the love instilled in us all by the Creator of life is sober, mature, responsible, and considered.
I strongly urge anyone who wants to have a better, more mature understanding of the alternative ways of loving that we all may ethically, morally, and responsibly choose to read this book.
Each of the 22 contributors offered their own personal stories of their journeys to join their sexual selves with their spiritual selves. Our culture has long tried to deny the natural connection between these two elemental parts of each human.
For me, the most enlightening aspect of this book was the devotion to achieving the spiritual/sexual connection that many authors communicated. Their journey was not one of self-pleasuring but rather one of self-fulfillment by connecting with the divine aspect within themselves and others with whom they related deeply. Their's were indeed religious quests.
My rating is not five stars in spite of my glowing remarks about the book. There are technical difficulties with editing that make it a four star book rather that five stars.
But, considering what's gone whizzing by in the past 30+ years, I had very high hopes.
First of all, let's be clear: THERE WAS NO "SEXUAL REVOLUTION." Okay? It fizzled. The "revolution" of the 1960s was an utter flop compared to the 1920s. The "changes" we went through in the '60s & '70s were a cause of widespread snickering that continues to this day. Hell, those of us who went through it are watching in mute horror as our kids & grandkids are being put through "abstinence" courses in high school -- yeah, some revolution.
Gays & lesbians fought an on-going & often bloody fight for their so-called "rights." Planned Parenthood employees know that there are snipers & bombers looking for them at work, & strangers targeting their kids at school with "your mommy murders babies" campaigns.
This book isn't bad. It simply re-plows turf that was covered by the pioneers long ago -- it's like discovering Cleveland: kinda been done.
I'm not merely being mean. Go back to some of the "classics" in the field. Try Rustum & Della Roy, "Honest Sex"; Joan & Larry Constantine, "Group Marriage"; anything co-edited by Roger Libby, starting with "Marriage & Alternatives"; James Ramey, "Intimate Friendships"; Deb Anapol, "Polyamory."
Really, this is second-rate "ammunition" for any sort of revolution. Maybe the authors will produce another volume, & move along into the 1980s.