Last week, we asked the entire Red Room to come together and blog about a notorious topic triad: "Sex, Religion, and/or Politics." Your mother may have told you that these aren't nice topics for the dinner table, but we were certain that Red Roomers would be able to handle these touchy subjects with sensitivity, intelligence, and humor.
And we were right. There were many fantastic entries to choose from--and many demonstrate the interconnectedness of sex, religion, and politics.
- In our first featured entry, Gina Collia-Suzuki explains what happened to her dreams of entering the priesthood.
"Father Burk stood at his pulpit, spitting and waving his arms about as he begged every man and woman present to give up fornication, gambling and the imbibing of copious amounts of alcohol... all of the things which they enjoyed (according to my mother)."
- In this featured blog, Cheryl L. Snell shares a poem about the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
"A believer cradling a small
earthen version of the god
mutters last-minute prayers,
supplications hurried to shore
by a trick of the wind."
Read "Remover of Obstacles."
- Douglas R. Keister remembers getting "The Talk" from his father when he was a boy.
"There was no sex in Lincoln, Nebraska in the 1950's. Babies arrived bundled in a sheet
via a stork with a Western Union cap."
We've chosen these three bloggers to receive books generously donated by Red Room Authors this week. We put their names in Red Room CEO Ivory Madison's cowboy hat for a random drawing, to see who would get which book.
Gina will be receiving a copy of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism (third edition), by Gary G. Gach: "This book is not for idiots. It tells us what smart people want and need to know about Buddhist wisdom, history, theory, and its practice today."--Lama Surya Das
Cheryl will be receiving a copy of The All-American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing: Common Sense Rantings from a Raging Moderate, by Will Durst: "With the sacred cows of American politics practically begging for someone to puncture their pomposity, Will Durst hits them in the funniest places. . . this equal-opportunity offender swats both partisan political piñatas from both sides of the spectrum upside their heads."
And Douglas will be receiving a copy of Doing It: Real People Having Really Good Sex, by Isadora Alman: "[Doing It] is a collection of carefully selected postings together with salient advice from famed sexologist Isadora Alman's Web site rubric 'The Sexuality Forum,' where readers of her advice column express their thoughts, experiences, stories, and suggestions on all topics sexual."
We thank these authors for contributing books, and we thank all of our bloggers who participated.
Here are a few more of the blogs we chose to feature this week:
- Read Catherine Nagle's "Peaceful Soul Through Religion."
- Read Judy Hume's "Plastic Fantastic Lover."
- Read Leah Maines's "A Look at My Private Parts."
- Read Peter Klein's "Thank God, Sex Is in Religion, Politics, and Sometimes Even in the Bedroom."
- Read Sarah White's "Do You See What I See?"
Now check out all of this week's "Sex, Religion, and/or Politics" blogs. And if you see something you like, just click on the "Send To A Friend" link at the bottom of the page to share it by email. We'll announce the next weekly topic on Wednesday. Happy blogging!