A Wild Constraint
A Wild Constraint: The Case for Chastity is a new title in a new genre: chaste-lit. Sex is no longer edgy; chastity is the real subversive option. This passionate book denounces the ideological destruction of personal virtue, and remakes the...
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A Wild Constraint: The Case for Chastity is a new title in a new genre: chaste-lit. Sex is no longer edgy; chastity is the real subversive option.
This passionate book denounces the ideological destruction of personal virtue, and remakes the link, unfashionable since the 1960s, between sex and society. Largely considered an exclusively religious option, chastity is now being reclaimed as a radical new 'lifestyle choice'. What after all is liberating about behaviour that results in massive hidden pain and exploitation?
But Jenny Taylor goes further and argues that in the context of promiscuity, sex trafficking and social chaos, chastity can herald a different sexual freedom, and a recovery of community. She draws with courageous honesty on personal experience and a wide secular and spiritual literature, as well as interviews with men and women of all ages to help restore the dignity and point of singleness. She also challenges the church to recover its conviction: 'We need more of a counter-culture that values our struggle; that helps us survive the politically-driven couple-conformity; the singles supplements that penalise us for being economically inconvenient, the pop logic that makes virtue a vice.'
InA Wild Constraint: The Case for Chastity, Taylor addresses the provocative subject of celibacy. Too often considered an exclusively religious option, celibacy has been reclaimed by some feminists and sociologists over the last 20 years as a radical alternative in secular society to the liberal sexual lifestyle. What, after all, is sexual liberation when so often the outcome is pain and social chaos? In the context of promiscuity, sexual abuse and confusion, celibacy can herald a different sexual freedom. Jenny Taylor draws on personal experience and interviews with men and women of all ages to demonstrate the impact of the sexual revolution and to make a case for celibacy. She argues that celibacy is a viable alternative that deserves to be taken seriously and challenges the church to speak out for sexual abstinence with confidence and certainty.
Jenny Taylor is a well-known journalist and academic, and a published author. Her doctorate is from SOAS in London on Islam and secularization. She is Director of Lapido Media, a charity that promotes religious literacy in public affairs. Her writing has appeared in numerous textbooks and academic journals. Her books include Faith and Power: Christianity and Islam in Secular Britain is published by SPCK and Wipf and Stock, and [A Wild Constraint: The Case for Chastity (T & T Clark).
Koorong -Editorial Review.
- Preface; 1 The State We're In; 2 In The Image Of Dog: Freud And His Disciples; 3 Sex And The Destruction Of Childhood; 4 Virtue And The Vamp: Women As Culture Carriers; 5 The Church's Turn Against Chastity; 6 Alone Again - Naturally; 7 Sexuality For Society; 8 Surviving Chastity; Appendix: Contemplative Exercises From The Shattered Lantern By Ronald Rolheiser Sj.; Selected Bibliography.