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By Kelsy Burke

Christians lower than Covers shifts how students and well known media speak about non secular conservatives and intercourse. relocating clear of debates over homosexuality, premarital intercourse, and different perceived sexual sins, Kelsy Burke examines Christian sexuality web pages to teach how a few evangelical Christians use electronic media to advertise the concept God desires married, heterosexual to have fulfilling intercourse lives. those evangelicals hold their non secular ideals whereas incorporating feminist and queer language into their speak of sexuality—encouraging sexual wisdom, emphasizing women’s excitement, and justifying marginal sexual practices inside of Christian marriages. This illuminating ethnography complicates the limits among common and subversive, empowered and oppressed, and sacred and profane.

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Part of what makes Linda’s and David’s messages so compelling is that they frame godly sex as spiritually unique and exceptional. 19 Authors, bloggers, and married couple Tony and Alisa DiLorenzo suggest that marriage and one’s relationship with God are mutually affirming—if one is strong, it is likely that the other will be, as well. 20 Weeks into the challenge, Tony and their children got sick, and Alisa wrote about how the couple struggled to preserve their commitment to everyday intimacy: The idea of being intimate was the furthest thing from my mind, and yet I made a promise to Tony that we would be intimate every day or night that we could.

FIGURE 5. Attitudes about sex between unmarried adults by denomination, CSIS and GSS sample. a whole. I do not pretend to know the “truth” about what most evangelicals are doing in the bedroom or what most of them believe about sex. Instead, I examine Christian sexuality websites as a space where religion is made. Website users bring religion to life as they use it to ask questions for which there are few easy answers—questions about bodies, desires, restraint, and negotiation. I examine online talk about sex in these online religious spaces to show the complex and sometimes contradictory ways in which sexuality manifests in social life.

T H E S T U DY Cyberspace has the power to both reflect the larger world’s norms and values and shape and reimagine these norms and values, creating new realities for its participants. Through in-depth analysis of websites and their content, observations of online activity in real time, and online interviews with website creators and users, Christians under Covers shows how religious conservatives use the Internet as both a producer and a product of their faith. 63 Unlike traditional ethnographers, I did not identify a population within spatial boundaries, nor did I travel to any specific location to live for an extended period of time.

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