To point out this horribly patriarchal article which makes me almost embarrassed to write for Patheos. It’s by Aiden Kelly:
The pendulum has swung far back from the Enlightenment of the 1960s toward medieval mental illness. In the late 60 and the 70s, it was normal for a college professor (at least in San Francisco and environs) to have a romance with a woman student. As long as they were both consenting adults, no one cared. And teenagers were not prosecuted as sex offenders. These days I could be fired if I had a cup of coffee with a woman student off campus in order to offer some counseling advice. (I’m 73. My libido has subsided to what I suppose many people would consider normal.)
Dottering old white men complaining that they can’t just have sex with whomever they’d like and blaming it on Puritanism is fortunately not indicative of Paganism. If it were, I’d drop the label in a fucking second.
Ever been to a pagan music festival? Ever witnessed the old, unkempt horny men flocking around the teenage girls with fairy-wings? I have and it’s disgusting.
Bringing heterosexual white male privilege into any spirituality, Pagan or otherwise, is abhorrent. So is this article.