sex and the soul

now reading/skimming sex and the soul: juggling sexuality, spirituality, romance, and religion on america’s college campuses by donna freitas. i thought it’d be mainly about hooking up culture, and maybe it is, but lauren winner sums up what she sees as freitas’ biggest finding in her foreword: “for my money, her most significant conclusion is that in the main, it is only evangelical students who ponder the connections between sexuality and spirituality. students who identify as catholic, mainline protestant, ‘spiritual but not religious,’ or any other religious persuasion tend not to connect their spiritual or religious commitments to their sexual choices.” looks like an important read for anyone working with and/or studying college students.

—  [later edit]  one thought on freitas’ book is the basic omission of race, how patterns of spirituality/sexuality may vary between and within different racial/ethnic groups. her book kind of seems like a 21st century companion piece to educated in romance. much has changed, but much hasn’t.

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