Can anybody tell me why it’s a thing to sexualize Christian iconography and write sex songs based around the euphemistic use of Church terminology?

I mean, I think I know why, but I don’t want to say it.


12 responses to “hey

  • myatheistlife

    maybe because everytime a god is involved, someone is getting fscked?

  • myatheistlife

    The question was not specific. Euphemisms are common place, it’s not odd to find that they include religious speak. When the hormones hit young people, anything and everything gets included. Mixing religious icons heightens the effect. It might be odd if only religious icons were done this way, but such is merely a blip on the list of things which are done this way. There’s nothing particularly special about it.

    What in the world kind of answer were you looking for?

  • Milo

    There’s probably been a half million dissertations written about it. Everything from nun’s habit kinks to Virgin/Madonna sexy “taboo” tropes. I know some kinky atheists who particularly hate Xtianity that are nearly triggered by religious play. Shrug. It seems so obvious, and yet a clear explanation eludes me.

  • Calum P Cameron

    Not something I’ve thought about or looked into, but a few likely factors that come to mind:

    * Christian symbolism has (obvious) connotations of worship, veneration, rapture, divine inspiration, etc. Sex is considered by many to be a transcendent or rapturous experience, due to the intensity of the emotions and sensations involved. It’s similar to how I occasionally co-opt Christian or otherwise “Religious” terminology to express the intensity of my feelings about writing and art (mostly talk of soul-longing and such, in my case).

    * The Forbidden Fruit principle. Things that seem taboo thereby also seem exciting or tempting. Traditional stereotypes would say that bringing together “holy, virginal, pure” Christianity and “dirty, kinky, carnal” sex is enough of a juxtaposition to seem like a taboo.

    * A slightly more worrying form of the same Forbidden Fruit principle states that the less sexually available a group of people is, the more likely they are to become fetishised. This applies to religiously-celibate Christians (or at least to nuns, priests and the like) the same as it applies to schoolgirls (yes, I’m afraid that’s also a thing). Combine the two, of course, and you get Catholic schoolgirls, a group so heavily fetishised the concept gets its own Tvtropes page with about 90 examples currently listed.

    * It pisses off hypereligious, conservative, white Evangelicals even more than either openly talking about sex or disrespecting Christian symbols would on their own, and there are a lot of people who enjoy very little more than baiting the likes of Pat Robinson or Al Mohler and then watching them explode.

    * Most of the western world is steeped in Christian history whether they like it or not. Christian symbolism floats constantly in the western zeitgeist and tends to be immediately recognisable. Certain people seem to have a drive to sexualise pretty-much everything they can think of, or tie pretty-much everything they can think of to sex, and those of such people who live in the western world probably find Christian symbolism to be among the proverbial low-hanging fruit when it comes to recognised cultural markers.

    • Coyote

      “A slightly more worrying form of the same Forbidden Fruit principle states that the less sexually available a group of people is, the more likely they are to become fetishised.”

      This is… among the things I was thinking of.

      • Calum P Cameron

        Yup. In addition to religious officials and schoolgirls, you can also see this contributing to the fetishisation of married people, virgins (at least female ones), lesbians (among heterosexual men)… I would not be at all surprised if, somewhere in those dark corners of the internet that know we exist at all, there are people with a fetish for asexuality.

        I try not to think about it too hard too often. Thinking about it is not good for the soul.

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