Sin, an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law. That is how our elders have defined sin. And as we all know, according to Christianity, there are 7 deadly sins, Pride, Envy, Wrath, Gluttony, Lust, Sloth and Greed. If you’re thinking that I’m gonna bore you by talking about the 7 sins then let me assure you that’s not what I’m intending to do, no! But, I’m gonna talk about something very closely related to lust and that has intrigued all of us since our early high school days. Sex!
See, now that I have your 100% attention, what were the first things that came to your mind when you read that three letter word? “Ooh! That’s hot” or “Yeah! Bring it on baby!” I’m sure most of you took a beat right there and my young readers surely thought, “oh boy! I hope my parents don’t catch me reading this!” My question to you is, why? What if I had written any other three letter word, there are tons in English vocabulary, would you have taken a beat? No, you wouldn’t! Why is sex a taboo, a sin when the so called ‘Divine Lord’ himself made us sexual beings? And that is exactly what I’m gonna discuss about, “Why a sin?”
Sexual Battle, Sexual Sins and Purgatory in Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’.
Whenever we talk about sex, one word pops up very frequently, ‘virginity’. What is virginity? According to well known English dictionaries, virginity means purity or the act of being pure. In terms of sexual intercourse, anyone who haven’t performed the act or haven’t done the ‘deed’ is considered as a virgin or in other words ‘pure’. So basically, to make it crystal clear, sex is an act of impurity or something that pollutes us and makes us impure, and still Home sapiens sapiens falls under Class: Mammalia whose only method of propagation is through sexual reproduction. The irony is hysterical to be honest!
Now, let’s take a quick Christianity 101 class shall we? I’m no expert in that field but one thing that has always disturbed me is that how is Mary a virgin and yet the mother of Jesus? So, either Jesus was adopted by Joseph and Mary or the whole concept of Mary being a virgin is a blatant lie fed to the people by the self proclaimed ‘messengers of God’! I do not question anyone’s faith or believes, no, I don’t have that kind of right, be a believer, have faith in the Almighty, but there’s a difference between being a believer and being a downright blind fearful moron! Mother Mary, as we all know, defines purity and hence is also known as Virgin Mary, which brings me back to my initial question, why? Why is a word like virgin associated with sex? Why does sex have to be tainted and sinful?
A few days ago, in an article published by BBC News, they wrote about the stories depicted by the sculptures on the walls of the temples of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh and Konarok Sun Temple in Orissa and how sex was considered as a holy act by the kings and priests of the 4th Century BCE. Fortunately, I have been to both Khajuraho and Konarok, I’ve seen how tourists as well as the local people get mesmerised when they observe those sculptures, how they hear with their utmost concentration when the tour guide explains them the stories about the sculptures, and at that moment not a single brow is raised, not a single giggling is heard! Although, these are the very same people who would cringe even at the thought of discussing sex with their family!
Temples of Khajuraho
This proves that how the Indian societies back in 4th Century BCE were much more tolerant and flexible when it came down to sex. Sex was even a part of their education curriculum back in 2nd Century and 4th Century BCE.
There’s a thing about human instinct, the more we’re restricted from knowing or doing something, the more we get attracted to that very thing. And to be honest, sex is ‘The’ restriction which we’ve faced since our adolescence. The funny part is, although sex is considered as a taboo and as a restriction, the porn sites and the Playboy magazines are quiet easily available to all! It’s like you’re egging a snake on to attack but yet caging it down. Have you ever thought what will happen if you let that agitated snake lose? In the most simple terms, it would cause a mayhem! Isn’t that exactly what our society is facing at the present moment, a proper epic mayhem? Why have sexual assaults become such a common crime? Why are rape victims increasing at a tremendous rate? We restrict ourselves from discussing, even talking about sex, but let’s be honest, how many of you have typed Sunny Leone or Mia Khalifa’s names in your Google search history? We’re literally egging the snake on but refusing to set it free! We’re considering sex as a sin but, my oh my, aren’t X Videos hot!
Take a beat and do think about why is sex a sin? How can a natural process be a sin? Is respiration a sin? No. Or photosynthesis? No. If sex can be a sin then peeing should be considered a sin as well! What have we achieved by treating sex as a sin? What have we achieved by treating sex with so much secrecy, as if its an information which, if discussed openly, can jeopardise our National Security? Oh yeah, I’ll tell you what we have achieved, hundreds of rape cases and sexual abuses!
Sex is never sinful, we are! Know the difference between lust and sex my friends!
This is me, Ahona Sarkar, signing off!
” The only sexual act that is sinful is the one that uses or abuses.” – Pat Buckley.
Author’s note: I know I was supposed to continue with my Harry Potter blogs, but this is something that has been stuck in my head for a long time now! Don’t worry my Potterheads, I’ll be definitely back with my Potter blogs! But for now, bear with me please! I love you all! 😘