The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) issued its Draft Statement on Human Sexuality earlier this month. Most of the interest in the Draft is related to its treatment of homosexuality but according to this AP story in the Strib titled Largest Lutheran group affirms traditional marriage in draft statement on sexuality:
The document released Thursday repeatedly states that sexual intimacy should be reserved for married couples, and condemns sex for personal gratification alone.
Married couples only? Pardon me, but wake up and smell the coffee, Mrs. Bueller. In the recent issue of the St. Olaf College Manitou Messenger, there’s an advice column by Katherine Oyster titled Let’s talk about sex, baby.
People tend to develop routines for their sexual behavior, too; a particular “warm-up” activity, a specific position or style for sex for the main event (which generally lasts about the same amount of time), and exactly five minutes of cuddling post-sex before either falling asleep or getting along with your daily routine. This can be fine most of the time — but after a while, the routine can get pretty old. Yet “spicing things up” in the bedroom can be kind of tricky.
The column is quite a good piece, IMHO, and Katherine Oyster’s advice is appropos for the married and unmarried, gay and straight, college-age and older.