Raw, adjective: 7. brutally or grossly frank: a raw portrayal of human passions.

Here's some food for thought on a sleepy Saturday morning, courtesy of Dale Martin's Sex and the Single Savior:
"Coupled with the obscene emphasis on patriotism and nationalism, the emphasis on the family in American Christianity and popular culture approaches idolatry. ....  I believe that both the state and the church should get out of the marriage business.

There are many excellent reasons why people in general and Christians in particular should not want to give the state the power to recognize and regulate marriage.  When we give the state the right to legitimize one kind of sexual relationship or social formation, we automatically give it the right to render all other relations illegitimate.  Surely, the church should never cede its own prerogatives to the state - especially a state as bloodstained and beholden to the interests of the powerful as ours is.  But all people should realize this: when you marry, you give power to the state over your sexual relations, your person, the most intimate details of your life and body.  To agree to marriage is to agree that the modern, violent, bureaucratic state has the right to control your life in its most intimate realms, public and private, personal and sexual, individual and collective.  Not to put too fine a point on it, marriage cedes your genitals to the government."   (p. 122)
Um, got that?  Told you the Martin book was provocative.


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