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In Christianity we donโ€™t have any feminine deity that embodies sensuality and I think this is a bit unhealthy.

Interesting take, @bera. To be fair, Christianity doesn’t have a masculine deity like that either. ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t forget; Jesus himself, the central figure of Christianity, like his mother, was a virgin. Sure, he was not also a parent, but if you read the New Testament (Not apocryphal texts written long after his acquaintances were dead like the silliness about Mary Magdalene–sigh!) and patristics (the writings of the church fathers in the first 300 years of Christianity), you’ll find the preference and valuing of virginity was perfectly gender-neutral. I don’t think this has to do with just women being seen as non-sexual so much as a general valuing of ‘purity’ in the Christian sense. Sex was seen as natural and virginity was seen as kinda super-natural: transcending the ordinary almost.

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