What are the views of a progressive (liberals & feminists) towards human sexuality and spirituality?

What are the views of a progressive (liberals & feminists) towards human sexuality and spirituality?
What are some dilemmas on human sexuality and spirituality?

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  1. Lots of questions here. The archetypal liberal attitude to sexuality is that people should be allowed to do what they like provided it doesn’t harm another. So sadomasochism, gay and all kinds of queer sex, consnsual bondage, and fetishes are fine, but rape, and also sex between adults and small children, should be illegal.
    Feminists are thought of as pro-lesbian i.e. ‘who needs men?’ But in a society where feminist values were the norm (imagine?!), actually women would still marry and have children. The differnece would be they wouldn’t be economically disadvantaged – in general (glass ceilings and masculine competitive values in the job market ould go, we’d have a world dominated by co-operative values and there’d be more social time and less economic production of unnecessary consumer goods, and the dirty jobs would get shared around more evenly) – and specifically after divorce. It would be much easier for bisexual women to choose female partners, though.

    Spirituality – the same liberal principle of live and let live applies. In a liberal society, people are free to believe or not any doctrine, and to take part or not in any spiritual activities. National (and world) level spiritual expression would be either non-existent (no celebration of joys or commiseration of disasters except in mundane ways like, respectively, fireworks and flags at half mast) or universal (expressed inclusively, not in the language and with the assumptions of any one faith group). No-one would be allowed to discriminate on irrelevant grounds of belief. Any chapels in hospices and airports would have the holy books and symbols of several faiths, and ones suitable for atheists.

    Feminists, if interested in spirituality at all, will be attracted more than non-feminists to consciuosly feminine expressions of the religious such as witchcraft, wicca, goddesses (Kali, Saraswati, White and Green Tara, Rhiannon, etc), and nature worship. They may relate to the spiritual through images and symbols, trees, hugs, feelings, devotion – more than through thoughts and theories.

    Dilemmas? Sexuality – my word, they are endless. Desire vs wisdom. “Sowing wild oats” can feel like fun while you’re doing it, but what about the longer-term loveliness of loyalty, of knowing that your partner is ‘there for you’ thhrough thick and thin? On the same desire vs wisdom axis – adultery, AIDS, condoms, abortion, divorce, STDs.
    Also – fairness vs prejudice. For example, why isn’t gay marriage fully on a par legally with straight marriage throughout the world?

    Spirituality – In Malaysia and Israel, the dilemma is basically how far minorities should be restricted by the country’s #1 religion.
    Elsewhere, there are conflicts between some religions’ ways and secular norms. For example, is it OK for a faith group (such as Muslims or Mormons) to practise polygamy? Is it OK for a jehovah’s Witness to refuse a blood transfusion? What about if the parents refuse it for their child? What about what is called ‘female circumcision’ or, by its opponents, ‘female genital mutilation’? Is it OK for people to preach their religion uninvited, like knocking on doors, Bible in hand? What about groups which preach or practise violence or promote suicide?

    Not long ago, a Government insisted on killing a cow owned by ISKCON even though the owners wanted it to live and die naturally. Both sides believed they were being humane/kind to the animal and that the other side wanted to be cruel. ISKCON said it was against their faith principles. The dept of agriculture said what iskcon wanted was against the law. Of course the law won and the government killed the cow. But why? Whose right should prevail?

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