Friday, July 3, 2020

Were Catholics Right About S*x?

A rather old, but still interesting article which probably wouldn't be published today:

Barry and Bonnie Hewlett had been studying the Aka and Ngandu people of central Africa for many years before they began to specifically study the groups' sexuality...

What the Aka and Ngandu have in common, besides geography, is this: In both cultures, men and women view sexual intercourse as a kind of "work of the night." The purpose of this work is the production of children -- a critical matter in an area with a very high infant mortality rate...

Is the strong cultural focus on sex as a reproductive tool the reason masturbation and homosexual practices seem to be virtually unknown among the Aka and Ngandu? That isn't clear. But the Hewletts did find that their informants -- whom they knew well from years of field work -- "were not aware of these practices, did not have terms for them," and, in the case of the Aka, had a hard time even understanding about what the researchers were asking...

Read the whole article over here. 


  1. If the churches would take good quality young people and marry them off young so they could do this, we would all be better off. I'm ok with the idea that a couple should hang around for a while to raise a child, but I'm not ok with the Christian virginity forever nonsense. The churchian mentality on this is one reason I simply have no interest in organized religion.

    The Christian community at large could learn something from this but it won't.

  2. I'm not sure what you mean by "virginity forever" but churches in the West are more or less devoid of any authority and have no real power to enforce the rules, outside of pleading, or in the more extreme cases, kicking someone out, in which case they either find another church or turn unbeliever. Western society's problems are systemic and can't be solved so easily, imo.

  3. That was a fascinating bit of information. Frankly, I'm surprised that The Atlantic even ran it. It doesn't really speak to the idea of being "born this way", does it?

  4. Well, keep in mind it's from 2012...