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I like this news story, a sex and masturbation tutuorial inside a Christian church on a Pennsylvania, USA college campus. The event was hosted by Allegheny’s student government and Allegheny College’s Reproductive Health Coalition, along with Young Feminists and Queers and Allies. It was funded by student activities fees. I'd love it even more if they ever have a Pagan or Wiccan, etc ceremony in the same church, as it's been used for different functions. "God" being anywhere and everywhere.
The debate of the "Sin of Onan" from the old testament of bible is brought up here too because of the continued paranoia in many Abrahamist faiths about sexual masturbation (and then many same Abrahamists rage against live contact human sex and STDs, when "bating" alone for sex release can be safer alternative). Sex inside Christian churches and Abrahamist temples and mosques is ancient history, various biographies of religious figures and scandals attest to this. In the 1980s there was a "Church of St. Priapus" in San Francisco that had masturbation services, mostly men, occaisionally females to the Christianized Roman version of Priapus. This church was also a non profit charity and food dispensary as the AIDS epidemic made for a large HIV new homeless and medically sick population then before antiretroviral drugs. Bating can even be considered a kind of lust banishment or self sex conflict exorcism, depending on how metaphorically creative one wants to get, or paradigm blasphemous.
It was pertinent in the included article that a tutorial for students on masturbation would cover the origin of much of the West's taboo on masturbation, namely the Biblical Sin of Onan. The story was perplexing hearing it for first time in Cathecism school. The old testament and God's will for a Hebrew to commit incest for pregnancy results. Later got puzzling as well, with John the Baptist against King Herod marrying his dead brother's wife being railed as an abomination. The millions of Jews and Christians getting mixed messages with every biblical story. No seed, no unwanted pregnancies.
I personally, have many of the St. Priapus newsletters in my own archive. The old chapter in San Francisco during the early brutal phase of the AIDS epidemic when the city shut down the bathhouses and sex clubs, so venues went underground. Here is an account of this religious bachannal in the day I found online:
Eyewitness Archive Account:
Church of St. Priapus in San Francisco & the club on Clementina Street.
Sun, July 6, 2008
There was a Church of St. Priapus in San Francisco in the 70's & 80's. It was on Grove St. in the home of a guy whose name was some thing like Father Broshears. I should be able to remeber his name as I attended "services" once and took a bunch of their literature, which 25 years later I donated to the LGBT Historical Society of Northern California.
I remember the literature had a lot of information about Pagan phallus worship, including accounts of the church castrating members of these cults in medieval Europe. They even had a drawing of the castration instruments they used.
The service I attended found me sitting in a circle with men in their 50's & 60's, I was in my 20's, in the small house of Father 'Bro".
They were very serious about their services and rituals invoking phallic deities, Pan, Cerrunos, & others. I found myself liking the ritual & ceremony, which initially I was afraid would be boring, but bored with the circle jerk at the end which I thought would be the exciting part.
I'm sure that this was because I was so young and wasn't sexually attracted to the older men there. They were very nice guys and I thought their little church was very cool, but I never went back. The Church of St. Priapus received their 501-C3 status in 1983.
In '84 when the baths closed some of the St. Priapus church guys opened up a fabulous secret sex club in a big 2 flat on Clementina St. between 9th & 8th St.'s. This place had guys of all ages, served free beer, had a backyard too, upstairs mazes, glory wholes and above that empty rooms with pillows on the floor, black lites etc. They were open all night too. The place had no fire exit,lots of people smoking cigs & joints, but fortunately no fire ever happened.
They lasted about 10 years on word of mouth, never raising the $5 cover, until the Police finally shut them down. I've lived in SF since 1977 so I thought some of the younger faeires might be interested in this almost forgotten piece of SF gay history.-Jerry the Faerie
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