Read your Bible (but I didn’t read that)

Advent.

Lighting four candles, one more each week. Reading the story of the immaculate conception… Mary, visited by the angel Gabriel. Mary, the archetype virgin who dared to have a kid. Mary, mother of the gently smiling face of women’s split sexuality. (The other face smirks)

Refreshingly, the pastor remarked that we spent too much time focusing on the virgin bit. It was cool, what she did, but let’s not get obsessed, shall we? I settled in for some original food for thought.

Let’s focus on Gabriel, he said. And then proceeded to sexualise Gabriel’s visiting Mary. Proceeded to call his speech “courting her” to have God’s child and “seducing her” with the image of what she’d do. It got a bit suggestive.

And I just. No.

I could not conceive of an angel being sexual, here. This story, out of all stories, is supposed to be non-sexy. That’s the point. Wasn’t no sex. Why read into it? Why pretend there was some sort of spiritual version of attraction?

And then realised that was the whole point: if you’re sexual you can and do read that sort of thing into it. You can read attraction or sexual tension into any story. Into almost any situation, in fact. That’s how powerful our imagination can be. Whether it’s there or not… ‘s mostly in our mind.

Conversely, we can happily go through life without reading a sexual layer into anything. Nothing need be sexual if it isn’t explicit. Not flirting. Not a romantic movie. Not a gaze aimed at us.

So yeah, even the story of the immaculate conception can have a sexual charge to some readers. And in other cases, what might be sexually charged to one person, is not to the other. At all.

I know that what I find to be sexually charged is far more limited than it is for most people. ‘s why I consider myself to be on the asexual spectrum.

And… it’s alright. It’s all in our minds anyway. Like a lusty angel Gabriel is now in mine.

No, not the one from Supernatural. Unfortunately.

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Posted on December 6, 2015, in Asexuality and Christianity, What others say and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. STOP SEXUALIZING ANGELS. UGH. NO.

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  2. I was looking for ‘Christianity and demisexuality’ and I came here. (I’m at least semi-demisexual myself. I can’t even understand how any Christian could have any problem with not being able to have actual sexual attraction before a strong bond has already formed. It sounds completely natural to me and a big advantage actually.)

    What kind of pastor says such a thing? I can’t imagine either a liberal or conservative christian saying such a thing. Yuck… There is a line of sexualising angels and sex between angels and humans in the Judeo-Christian religion, though, think the Nephilim of Genesis 6 and the book of Enoch.
    But I wouldn’t make Jesus a Nephilim-like being… That’s weird and heresy and so…

    “Those who have been Freudianised for too long are incurable”, as C.S. Lewis said….But I’d rather remain the stae you describe here: “Conversely, we can happily go through life without reading a sexual layer into anything. Nothing need be sexual if it isn’t explicit. Not flirting. Not a romantic movie. Not a gaze aimed at us.” Much easier, more quiet, and less artificial.

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