Thursday, August 21, 2008

Steve Crow and the Sacredness of Sex

Someday, I'd love to grab a good fair trade coffee and sit down with Steve Crow (infamous for the "Boobs on Bikes" parade and for the production of "homegrown" porn) and have a conversation that'd go something like this:

G.K. Chesterton claims:
"Every man who knocks on the door of a brothel is looking for God."

Steve, is that your experience? Do you encounter people involved in the sex industry looking for more? Is sex completely/totally satisfying or is it a signal of something else? Is there more to sex than simply "having sex"? Is sex telling a larger story or is sex the sacred substitute?

Philip Yancey notes:
"Uptight Christians forget the fundamental fact that God created sex. Having studied some anatomy, I marvel at God labouring over the physiology of sex: the soft parts, the moist parts, the milions of nerve cells sensitive to pressure and pain and yet capable of producing pleasure, the intricacies of erectile tissue, the economical and ironical combination of organs for excretion and reproduction, the blending of visual appeal and mechanical design... A connected view of life assumes this is God's world, and that despite its fractured state clues of its original design remain. When I experience desire, I need not flinch in guilt, as if something unnatural has happened. Rather, I should follow the desire to its source, in search of God's original intent."
(Philip Yancey, 2003, Rumours of Another World).

Steve, what is your image of Chhristianity and sexuality? Do you see that when Christianity desacralizes/devalues/limits sex to issues of guilt, immorality, sin, suppression it is ironically mirroring the reductionism of the porn industry?

C. S. Lewis observes:
"We use a most unfortunate idiom when we say, of a lustful man prowling in the streets, that he 'wants a woman'. Strictly speaking, a woman is just what he does not want. He wants a pleasure for which a women happens to be the necessary piece of apparatus. How much he cares about the women as such may be gauged by his attitude to her five minutes after fruition (one does not keep the carton after one has smoked the cigarettes)."

Steve, how do you see men and women? Are they simply "body-parts"/tools/objects/things of pleasure or is there in every man and women a slice of divinity, a person with a story that deserves and expects more?

Lastly, Scott M. Peck confesses:
“When my beloved first stands before me all naked, all open to my sight, there is a feeling throughout the whole of me; why?  If sex is no more than instinct, why don’t I simply feel horny or hungry?.... Why awe?  Why should sex be complicated with reverence?” 
(Cited in Mike Riddell, 1997, alt.spirit@metro.m3). 

Steve, have you ever felt awe, mystery, or wonder when looking at or making a porn flick? Have you ever felt "transcendence" within your own sexual life?

Someday we might even dare having a conversation like this at church. What would you say to Steve Crow? What would you say of sex?

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