From the earliest days of our history, sexual behavior has been used as a marker of moral status, and those who do not adhere to societal norms in this regard have been punished and shamed.

This obsession with messing with people’s sexuality has had far-reaching consequences that continue to resonate today.

One of the primary ways in which religion and society have sought to control sexuality is through the establishment of strict gender roles. For centuries, women were expected to be chaste and submissive, while men were encouraged to be virile and dominant. Any deviation from these norms was met with extreme disapproval. This approach to sexuality has had negative consequences for both men and women, leading to a stifling of personal identity and a perpetuation of gender-based violence.

Another way in which religion and society have sought to control sexuality is through the policing of sexual orientation/identity. Same-sex attraction has historically been viewed as deviant and immoral, and no “normal” individuals have been shamed, marginalized, and even prosecuted. This discrimination has led to significant mental health issues and heightened rates of suicide within such communities.

Religion, in particular, has played a significant role in perpetuating harmful attitudes towards sexuality.

Many religions see sex as a necessary evil, necessary for procreation but otherwise sinful and impure. This approach has led to widespread feelings of guilt and shame about sexual behavior, even in healthy, consensual relationships.

Thankfully, many individuals and institutions are pushing back against this obsession with meddling with people’s sexuality. In recent years, we have seen increasing acceptance and protection of their rights, as well as a growing movement to advocate for sex-positivity and comprehensive sex education. Organizations like Planned Parenthood are working to educate people about safe sex practices, help people access affordable birth control, and provide non-judgemental support for individuals and couples of all sexual orientations/identities.

It is time to move past these outdated views and create a more inclusive, accepting society that celebrates diversity and affirms people’s rights to express their own identities and desires, embrace sex-positivity and build a healthier, more empowered world with the more useful contributions from the harmonious integration of all of its parts. History has encouraging lessons on how mutch this type of achievements worth.