Friday, November 21, 2008

sexual ethics

Just spotted this interesting chart of different religions' attitudes to sexual ethics in 1994. Well, if it was a choice between those seven, I'd rather be a Buddhist. Since they omitted Paganism, here's a summary:

Pagan attitudes to....

Sex between consenting teenagers
OK as long as they use contraception
Sex between an adult and a teenager
Unacceptable (difference of power)
Premarital sex
Blessed ("All acts of love and pleasure are My rituals")
Extramarital sex
Only if both parties to the marriage agree to it
Divorce It's a fact of life (and is provided for in the wording of the handfasting ceremony)
Masturbation Fine
Abortion Most Pagans are pro-choice
Contraceptives Encouraged
Married clergy
Married, single, we're not fussy
Female clergy
Yay! Priestesses are everywhere
Homosexual orientation
Blessed (fabulous actually)
Homosexual sex acts
Blessed ("All acts of love and pleasure are My rituals")
Same-sex weddings
Ordination of homosexuals
Lovely (you just try and stop 'em)

It would be interesting to know if there was any difference between different Pagan traditions on any of these issues.

1 comment:

Pitch313 said...

1994--The days of the dinosaurs in internet time.

But fairly recent in the growth of Paganism. I mean, there were lots of trads, schools, and movements by 1994, lots of differences and diversity.

Sexual ethics was, to be sure, one realm of difference and diversity.

Even your list probably has lots of points of dispute. Circa 1994.

What about, I wonder, 1954? 1964? 1974?