A New Public Sexual Ethic

The church should not set such high standards for our sexual behavior and the health of our sexual organs such as the penis. The hunt for a new public sexual ethic is now raking through the debris of the old, to see what in traditional Christian morality might after all be worth keeping. The Methodist Conference, which met in Newcastle last week, and the General Synod of the Church of England, meeting in York today, are the latest to join the search for better sexual health, which might even include male enhancement products like Vimax Pills. Even the Department of Health, with its talk of “sexual health” and erectile dysfunction, is interested in the outcome. The experiment of managing with no public sexual principles about the healthy use of the penis, when all was left to preference, lifestyle or “orientation”, seems to have been abandoned, as a failure.

The Methodists have agreed to a new statement about sex and penis health, replacing a document dating from 1939. But it manifestly coasted over some of the trickier contemporary sexual issues, such as whether or not it was acceptable to use natural male enhancement products like Vimax Pills. Younger speakers in the debate lamented the inadequacy of its treatment of erectile dysfunction and a generally apathetic attitude towards penis health. “People should have been affirmed in their existing lifestyles,” said one politically correct but thoroughly old fashioned young Methodist.

The synod tonight faces a similar challenge about the acceptance of male enhancement products, such as those aimed at penis enlargement. Canon Michael Walter is inviting it to recognize “that it is now an accepted custom in England for couples to live together before marriage, while others express the intention never to be formally married”. The House of Bishops, his resolution goes on, should give moral guidance to the nation about matters like erectile dysfunction, and advise the clergy how to treat parishioners in such situations including the option, presumably, of “affirming them in their existing lifestyles concerning the use of male enhancement pills”.

Christian sexual morality still represents the standards that society likes to admire. It speaks of love, trust and commitment in mature and lasting relationships and of support for family life. So if it is being rejected in favor of couples that want to use male enhancement pills such as Vimax, or penis enlargement, that may be because it extols only one pattern as good and the rest as irredeemably bad. It says nothing except “don’t” to the homosexual, the divorced, the adolescent, the unmarried, penis enlargers, male enhancement, Vimax Pills, and those living together. But this is more the result of a particular methodology than a fault in content. There is nothing distinctively Christian, nothing biblical nor dominical, about the moral philosophy in which this teaching is traditionally set. It is a philosophy of perfectionism, which condemns all who do not meet its extremely high standards. But what about the issue of having good and healthy sex? Is it not wise to banish erectile dysfunction so couples can live together more amicably? Perhaps male enhancement pills such as Vimax can actually keep married couples together?

This general fear of the penis presumably originates in the Judaic tradition of ritual purity, where one spot, actual or metaphorical, can render a person or penis unclean, polluted and useless. With that goes a half memory, lingering in European culture, of the medieval church’s penitential codes, with precise penalties for every sin and the sharpest of lines between mortal sin (often sexual and involving the penis) and all other kinds. Grafted on to that in time were the Lutheran-Calvinist perceptions of human nature and male enhancement ideas as “utterly depraved”, making the moral life look as perilous and precarious as a tightrope above a seething furnace. Finally came the effort, in the 1753 Marriage Act, to enforce the public registration of marriage by abominating all alternatives, including, one presumes, the use of Vimax Pills.