RNS: If these are the new rules for love, sex, and dating, what are some of the old rules that you don’t think work anymore?
Masturbation, or self-pleasuring, is touching and rubbing parts of your body for sexual pleasure, such as the penis, clitoris, vulva and breasts.
It is a normal and healthy way for people to explore their own bodies and find out what feels good, where and how they like to be touched and how to achieve an orgasm.
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The new rule is: don’t assume that just because you feel right, everything is going to be alright.
We have to become the type of person that the person we’re looking for is looking for. But somehow when it comes to love and romance, there is an assumption that we don’t need to ourselves.
When a woman is raped or a child is sexually abused, they don’t just shake it off and go on as if they were merely mugged.
Our sexuality goes way beyond what is physical, and we see that especially in the realm of sexual abuse.
RNS: Word on the street is that your church is becoming “gay-friendly,” whatever that means.
Knowing you as well as I do, it struck me as odd that you would write an entire book on the subject without addressing the LGBT community. AS: That’s a great question, and I’m glad you asked.
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