Betsy Huff, Intern
Pick up the latest issue of Cosmopolitan magazine (or any issue for that matter) and you are sure to find a cover story on the “hottest new sex secrets.” In fact, the aim of the publication seems to be to aid women in finding the most possible fulfillment in their sexual experiences and encounters. There is a shocking, but not so new (in fact some may say ancient) piece of information that may change the way you view religion and sex.
In February of 1999, U.S.A Today ran a cover story entitled “Revenge of the Church Ladies,” by William R. Mattox Jr., which revealed that some of the most sexually satisfied women in the country are religious women. It is no divine revelation that premature sexual activity has devastating effects on young girls, but a study that reveals in objective terms that religious women experience more frequent sexual responsiveness might come as a surprise. Gone is the notion of the prudish, Victorian-minded and sexually repressed church woman the Sexual Revolution worked so hard to release!
The study cites four factors that may contribute to sexual fulfillment in religious women. Sexual inexperience and lack of baggage from past sexual involvements contributes to a satisfactory sex life within marriage. Similarly, this lack of a sexually licentious past is related to less sexual anxiety due to guilt or fear of consequences from sexual promiscuity. Logically, sexual anxiety is a factor that inhibits sexual satisfaction. Also, marriage in itself creates an environment for human sexuality to flourish. The commitment and fidelity created by this relational union allows a woman to “let go” and thus experience more sexual responsiveness. Finally, for religious women sex is more than just a physical act to meet a sensory appetite. The physical act is also spiritual and emotional; it is symbolic of a transcendent truth that the two are really “one flesh.”
This is just one of many examples of social science research supporting the way God intended and commanded humans to live. Other examples include evidence from MARRI research that supports the idea of an intact family as the best environment in which to raise happy, healthy, and successful children. Other social science research supports these same ideas. As Dr. Pat Fagan of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute says, "The social sciences, done well, illustrate the way God made man."