Monday, May 23, 2011

Study: Christians feel guilty after sex; atheists do it better

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Want a better sex life? Try atheism.

A study found that atheists have far better sex lives than religious folks. Oh, those poor, poor Christians. They still do it, but they feel so guilty that they can't enjoy their post-coital afterglow -- for days and even weeks.



The study, "Sex and Secularism," surveyed 14,500 people, who all admitted that they masturbated, watched porn, engaged in oral sex and pursued affairs. Psychologist Darrel Ray and Amanda Brown (an undergrad at the University of Kansas) found that the more religious someone is, the more guilt and regret they feel. Those folks even rated their sex lives lower than nonbelievers -- like Mormons (who averaged an 8.19 out of 10 on a scale of sexual guilt). Jehovah's Witness, Pentecostal, Seventh Day Adventist and Baptist also

feel really, really bad about getting laid.

Catholics, surprisingly, didn't top the guilt chart (only 6.34 out of 10). Lutherans only kinda feel bad (5.88). Bringing up the bottom, and enjoying the hell out of their sex lives, were atheists and agnostics (4.71 and 4.81).

Here's the problem: Of the people raised in strict religious homes, 79.9 percent reported feeling really, really guilty about their dirty, dirty thoughts and deeds (whereas 26.3 of those from secular homes did).

And religious folks' guilt starts early; 22.5 percent reported being

shamed or ridiculed for masturbating, whereas

only 5.5 percent in nonreligious homes did. And guess where the children in those religious homes are learning about sex? From porn; they were too ashamed to talk with their parents.

But there is hope for religious folks. Lose your religion and your sex lives will improve. At least, that's what this study found. From the Daily Mail:

People who had left their beliefs behind said their sex lives were 'much

improved' and rated their new experiences on average as 7.81 out of

ten.

The finding dispelled conventional wisdom that feelings of guilt can

continue to trouble people after the religion has faded.

"We did think that religion would have residual effects in people after

they left but our data did not show this. That was a very pleasant

surprise. The vast majority seem to shake it off and get on with their

sexual lives pretty well," Darrel told alternet.org.

He added: "Our data shows that people feel very guilty about their

sexual behaviour when they are religious, but that does not stop them:

it just makes them feel bad.

"Of course, they have to return to their religion to get forgiveness.

It's like the church gives you the disease, then offers you a fake

cure."


With Saturday's Rapture fail, there's never been a better time. And just think, Stephen Hawking may be the greatest lover of all time.

Note: I edited out the references to KU. I guess you just can't trust the Daily Mail these days.


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