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Women standing up for sex

August 3, 2014

Samantha Pugsley, who faithfully kept the purity pledge she made as a young child of Christian parents, explains why she wishes she had not:

Ten-year-old girls want to believe in fairy tales. Take this pledge and God will love you so much and be so proud of you, they told me. If you wait to have sex until marriage, God will bring you a wonderful Christian husband and you’ll get married and live happily ever after, they said. Waiting didn’t give me a happily ever after. Instead, it controlled my identity for over a decade, landed me in therapy, and left me a stranger in my own skin. I was so completely ashamed of my body and my sexuality that it made having sex a demoralizing experience.

Fortunately, it got better: “I don’t go to church anymore, nor am I religious. As I started to heal, I realized that I couldn’t figure out how to be both religious and sexual at the same time. I chose sex.”

Wise choice.

Amanda Marcotte takes a righteous swing at conservative Christians who are trying to shame women about using contraception:

I have never actually heard a good argument from a Christian as to why sex-for-pleasure should be eliminated from life, despite its myriad benefits and the fact that it’s part of being human.

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