While in discussion with a Christian pal recently, I asked if the Bible had any guidance to offer in the area of teenage sexuality. He had claimed that it's a very positive tool for teaching teens about how to handle their desires, and I naturally found that claim rather dubious. My search had brought up nothing but forbidding, shaming, threatening or downright creepy sexual references. Where was the feelgood stuff?
Finally, he whipped out the Song of Solomon—famously read at many a wedding, and held up as a sacred dialogue between husband and wife.
Except for the unfortunate fact that the author—King Solomon himself, supposedly—is a total hound. As you all probably know (but I sure didn't, until recently), good old Sol really fancied the ladies, and is said to have had 700 concubines and 300 wives. I'd say that's a tad embellished, but this is biblical canon, after all, and who are we to question God's tally of the King's conquests. God says Sol shagged a thousand chicks, so I take him at his word.
Based on that knowledge alone, to hold this up as a "sacred" text is simply beyond hilarious. How do they do it with a straight face? Dude was the Hugh Hefner of his day, and his sexed-up, drunken ramblings to one of his mistresses is presented to us as the most romantic words ever spoken in the name of the Lord. I'm especially baffled when it gets trotted out at Catholic weddings :?. Kind of makes my skin crawl.
While doing a little googling in prep for getting back in conversation with my friend, I found this graphic. Hope you enjoy—I think they covered most of the relevant anatomy. Get a load of those teeth :mrgreen:.
p.s. Apologies for the fact that it fills the screen.