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Kelsy Christian sex sites has received funding from the Association for the Sociology of Religion. On May 4, President Donald Trump ed an executive order that allows churches and religious leaders to explicitly endorse or oppose a political candidate without penalty to their nonprofit, tax-exempt status. What they wanted, it seems, was legal protection for religious institutions and business owners to deny services to same-sex couples and transgender persons. I am a sociologist studying contemporary evangelicalism and sexualityand my research shows that the political beliefs of white evangelicals have deftly shifted from the bully pulpits of the Moral Majority in the s to cultural messages that appear hip and modern.
In particular, Christian sex advice caught my attention because it showcases how evangelicals can hold beliefs that are simultaneously pro- and anti-sex. In total, I studied 36 websites and conducted 44 interviews with users of two of the most active sites as well as six interviews with creators of different sites over two years — between and I collected survey responses from nearly users of seven different sites.
Collectively, these sites have attracted thousands of users who believe that God wants married, heterosexual couples to have great sex. On these websites, messages abound about self-improvement and being a good, giving and game sexual partner, as well the power of Jesus, the influence of Satan and the importance of being born-again.
Women make up the majority of bloggers and sex toy store owners I studied. They describe using vibrators and achieving orgasms; men talk about open communication with their wives about their deepest sexual desires. It is a relatively recent historical phenomenon for Christians to claim sexual pleasure as part of their religious framework. As historian of religion Mark Jordan notes, sexual sins have included virtually every erotic action other than sex intended for conceiving children.
Christian sexuality websites, however, present evangelicalism as a sexy and modern representation of a religious tradition that is stereotypically the opposite. In the years I spent studying these sites, I never saw a single post endorsing or opposing a political candidate.
Nonetheless, political beliefs were reflected in the implicit and explicit rules that were required of website users regarding their beliefs related to gender, sexuality and marriage. Jesus, and Jesus alone, is the only way to salvation, and the Bible is the ultimate authority. The beliefs on these websites are far from representative of American Christianity. Most Christians today believe that homosexuality should be accepted by society.
Yet on these websites supporting gay sex or gay marriagesex outside of heterosexual marriage or any relationship that is nonmonogamous is fundamentally heresy. In other words, I would argue, the sexual freedom that these websites claim to offer is illusory. This illusion is also central to the arguments that proponents present in favor of religious freedom legislation. These state-enacted bills provide a practical route by which individuals can use the courts to make free exercise violation claims against the state.
In my opinion, emphasizing freedom and choice alongside conservative ideas about gender, sexuality and marriage is how conservative Christians can adapt to a changing world while maintaining their religious distinction. After researching Christian sexuality websites, I am convinced that they do as much or more to advance conservative politics as does a preacher telling his congregation to vote for a particular candidate.
Plymouth Contemporary — Plymouth, Devon. Edition: Available editions United Kingdom. Kelsy BurkeUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln.Christian sex sites
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Christian sex advice websites offer a peek into evangelical politics