Exploding over the Internet today is the ‘news’ that World’s Funniest host and Old Spice ad man Terry Crews and his wife decided to go on a 90-day “sex fast”. The Huffington Post article’s subtitle is “Sometimes sex isn’t a barometer for how well the relationship’s going.” Kinda sad that something so obvious needs to be stated. But I’m sure some readers are thinking to themselves “Oooooh, interesting concept. But how else does one reflect on the quality of their relationship if not for sheer quantity of uncontrollable sex?”
Terry’s logic is simple and makes sense but some of the comments and captions on Facebook seem to show that people have trouble wrapping their heads around why anyone would choose to fast from physical pleasure, especially in the context of seeking to strengthen that outdated institution called marriage. “Wooooah, any of you think you could do this with your significant other?”. “It’s natural to have a sexual release”. While some people think abstaining from sex is ridiculous, some media outlets and readers seem to find the idea novel and *gasp* perhaps even beneficial.
Quoting from the Huffington Post article: [Terry said his fast left him] “more in love” and “more turned on” than ever. “90 days — no sex, all relationship, all talk, all cuddle,” he recounted. “I found that at the end of that 90 days … I knew who she was, and it wasn’t about ‘Let’s go out because I know I’m gonna get some sex later.’ It was like, ‘Let’s go because I want to talk to you. I want to know you’. According to Crews, “every man has a desire for intimacy.” Unfortunately, that doesn’t always result in every man attempting to forge a lasting connection with his significant other. “You’re not looking for porn. You’re looking for someone to know you and love you at the same time”.
If only they knew just how ahead of the times the archaic Roman Catholic Church is with her sound philosophy and teachings on the importance of sex in marriage and the emotional, physical, and spiritual benefits of sometimes abstaining. It’s interesting that more of today’s ‘feminists’ and health puritans don’t boast about the benefits of Natural Family Planning. NFP actually respects women in that it doesn’t reduce their body to a simple means of pleasure and it forces the man to understand the natural cycles and needs of their spouse. This inevitably spawns an understanding and respect for the female body. Also, it requires no introduction of artificial hormones or chemicals to throw off the natural functions, balance capabilities, and health of our bodies–it’s 100% natural. Kinda like the Whole Foods of sex.
Practicing NPF encourages couples to work on not just their physical relationship but also their emotional and spiritual relationship. It’s a shame that in all the posts about this story, no one brings up the benefits of NFP.
Okay but let’s get honest for a second. Are you for REAL, Terry?…90 days? Are you made of stone? NPF might require like six days of abstinence, not THREE MONTHS. Is he a Trappist Monk?
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