Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Sex


The American Thanksgiving holiday is done and gone: turkeys stuffed and eaten, dishes washed, guests most likely out the door (unless you have some stragglers you haven't yet evicted). My mind has cleared enough from the stress of family gatherings to return to the important topics in the world. Sex.

I just caught an article on CNN.com's belief blog about the Puritans, Thanksgiving and sex. This is not a combination I would have previously considered. One does not imagine the Pilgrims of Plymouth celebrating Thanksgiving in a wanton way. But apparently the New England Puritans not only had been found to indulge heavily in spirits under the right circumstances (funeral celebrations for instance), but looked upon the Catholic church's preference for sexual abstinence as unscriptual. Church of England members were disciplined if they refused to have sex with their wives and women could sue for divorce if husbands were unable to satisfy them sexually. Apparently sex (within marriage--they weren't that non-traditional) was more than celebrated.

I've learned never to be surprised by new nuggets of information from history. People have always been sexual beings. It's part of who we are. So why not the Pilgrims as well?

Thanksgiving is not a holiday I imagine to be sexy, although I did write one sexy fantasy short story set during this yearly feast. That was a while ago, but I'll include the link for fun. I think reading the above article I am going to have to rethink my mind frame at next year's holiday dinner.

Happy Post-Thanksgiving.

7 comments:

Wynter Daniels said...

Well who'd have thunk? I'm glad the Puritans were quite as puritanical as history would have us believe;-)

Naima Simone said...

Heeey!
Dig those freaky-deaky Puritans! LOL! What an awesome fun fact! I never would've guessed!

Michelle Polaris said...

It's nice ot be suprised sometimes. Although I'm not ready to jump on the Puritan bandwagon altogether.

Callie Croix said...

Jeez, the things I learn on this blog. How very interesting! Being able to sue for divorce if your man didn't satisfy you in bed? Considering the time period, I'm kind of amazed by that.

Jina Bacarr said...

You are going to turn all that fab research into a story, aren't you?

Re-write the scarlet letter: Can you imagine a village where all the men who wouldn't satisfy their wives have to wear a "P" on their crotch? (P can stand for whatever you want!)

Casey Crow said...

Wow. Just wow. I shall never look at Thanksgiving in quite the same way!

Casey Crow said...

Wow. Just wow. I shall never look at Thanksgiving in quite the same way!