POEM: Sex Before Marriage?

He in choired
So you think people should have before marriage?
My straight forward rejoined her:
, I think people should have before breakfast!

This short poem is a playful response to the straight-laced attitudes of many folks surrounding . The “in choired” intimates that he is speaking out of a , most likely a . Ironically, a congregation’s choir is perhaps the most likely part of a congregation to contain gay folks, often condemned by fundamentalist or religionists. In some cases, a congregation’s choir may actually be more gay than happy!

The leading question implies the desired answer and is designed to put the questioned on the defensive. The answer transcends the intended course of the debate, with an unapologetic celebration of . The “straight,” “forward,” and “rejoined her” implies a straight male responder — perhaps even myself — who is not backward, perhaps straight but not narrow. Beginning the response with “,” playfully mocks the judgmental implications of hegemonic religiosity. The argumentative of judgmental betrays the very tender of authentically intimate . As neither a fan of orthodoxy nor the dominant version of sexuality, I will not be drawn into the narrow and unwelcoming clutches of evangelistic mass debaters.

In the end, if this poem made you laugh, it has served its purpose.

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