Show of hands, any fellow pagans browsing EF?

fifi fifi
So, after "liking" a few products from Eden on FB, I noticed that my pagan friends were supportive when they found out I was doing sex-toy reviews and we had interesting private conversations about various areas of sex. However, only one of my non-pagan friends was okay with it, several had negative things to say, and one deleted me off facebook as she didn't want to see sinful objects on her wall (she was referencing a pair of silk cuffs from Lelo i bought and reviewed, though all she saw was i liked the cuffs.)

I'm an interfaith minister, my personal views are pagan but not to any one path. I go to many events, both pagan and non, and have noticed similar constraints in non-pagan communities, and (generally) more open (and in my opinion healthier) views on sex and masturbation within pagan events. (Example: The last week-long pagan festival I went to had a "condom fairy" walking about occasionally, handing out free condoms to adults for safe sex if they forgot to bring some.)

So that makes me wonder how many people here are from the pagan community, and what sort of experiences you've had when discussing sex with members of other faiths or your own.
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
I'm a proud pagan!
23
I'm a proud believer in a single deity!
12
Not religious
29
Spiritual, but don't adhere to any one belief
22
Member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (Other)
14
Total votes: 100 (81 voters)
Poll is closed
10/11/2011
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fifi fifi
Also, this is a poll to say "Hi" if you're a pagan, and to discuss reactions regarding sex within different communities. It is NOT meant to become a religious debate thread, and I don't want to see any bashings as a result of me starting this. I would like to hear funny stories if you have them though!
10/11/2011
Angelica Angelica
I have dabbled in kitchen witchery but am a mismatch grouping of beliefs.
I identify primarily as atheist though.
10/11/2011
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Agnostic with witchy leanings - my grace always surprises people:

"Thank you Great Mother for what we are about to receive."
"Great Mother?"
"Hey, it's food from Mother Earth, right?"
"Yeah, true."

Always manage to slip just under the radar ... most regard me as a semi-hippie rather than outright Pagan. It helps when living in the South.

(Although in high school all the Pagan jewelry I wore made me look like a metaphysical Christmas tree.)
10/11/2011
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by fifi
So, after "liking" a few products from Eden on FB, I noticed that my pagan friends were supportive when they found out I was doing sex-toy reviews and we had interesting private conversations about various areas of sex. However, only one of ... More
Heck yes....Oh wait, Darn, I thought you said PIGEON Community. I KNEW something wasn't right when you asked for a show of HANDS and all I have are WINGS. Darn it all...we are ALWAYS excluded.

(And it is HARD typing on EF Forums with just wingtips, let me tell you!)
10/11/2011
Pixel Pixel
I'm a heathen, with a dash of Celtic influence.
10/11/2011
Miss Voluptuous Miss Voluptuous
Yea I have some pagan in me. It's true pagans to tend to have a more celebratory attitude towards sex. I find that the wildness of sex is really embraced by paganism whereas other schools of thought would rather sex be controlled.
10/11/2011
Darling Jen Darling Jen
Quote:
Originally posted by Chilipepper
Agnostic with witchy leanings - my grace always surprises people:

"Thank you Great Mother for what we are about to receive."
"Great Mother?"
"Hey, it's food from Mother Earth, right?"
"Yeah, ... More
I agree that it's nice to be able to make references while being sneaky enough to slide underneath their "heretic" radar in the south. Yikes it can get scary here! Whenever my extended family (the super religious) start to pray before a meal, I will be nice enough to stand there but I just spend the whole time watching them (and occasionally making faces hehe). But hey, I'm being a lot more cooperative than I feel I have to.
10/11/2011
TheBadHobbit TheBadHobbit
I'm a monotheist, but my best friend is a kitchen witch and she's the one who reminded me about this site a few weeks ago. I don't think she posts on the forums, but I know she browses the products
10/11/2011
Kkay Kkay
Pagan here, though it's more a matter of personal than public faith for me.
10/11/2011
fifi fifi
Quote:
Originally posted by Angelica
I have dabbled in kitchen witchery but am a mismatch grouping of beliefs.
I identify primarily as atheist though.
Nothing wrong with kitchen witchery and being eclectic in your views
10/12/2011
fifi fifi
Quote:
Originally posted by Chilipepper
Agnostic with witchy leanings - my grace always surprises people:

"Thank you Great Mother for what we are about to receive."
"Great Mother?"
"Hey, it's food from Mother Earth, right?"
"Yeah, ... More
I hear ya, i lived in the south last year for about a year, it's very different than being in the northeast like I am now. Hippie is a good excuse/cover for thanking the mother goddess!
10/12/2011
fifi fifi
Quote:
Originally posted by Kkay
Pagan here, though it's more a matter of personal than public faith for me.
I think faith of any branch is, and should be, personal first and foremost.
10/12/2011
LQ LQ
Nominally Pagan, practicing Agnostic...kinda. Not really any Pagan community to speak of around here, so at present it's more of a background belief system than something I regularly practice.
10/13/2011
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
I am a dyed in the wool Wiccan eclectic with ties to the Nativist Tradition. The God first came to me in the form of the FSM (can I get a Ramen?). I am also eating the holy dinner as I write...
10/13/2011
SilverIsis SilverIsis
I am a UU Pagan, meaning that I identify with paganism but I also attend a UU church. While I think that pagans more often then other religious people have a healthy relationship with sex, I kinda also think that at times there is too much of it. Paganism for some people I have met equals hedonism and while if you are doing that behind closed doors then that's fine but when impacts other people or even the community in general then that is not ok. For example the pagan community and the UU community in Chicago were at odds with eachother for several years because a pagan group had rented a UU church for a Beltane festival and had an orgy in there, leaving "evidence" of it all over the sanctuary and apparently there were still people in the bushes when people started coming for services the next day.
10/13/2011
LQ LQ
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Originally posted by SilverIsis
I am a UU Pagan, meaning that I identify with paganism but I also attend a UU church. While I think that pagans more often then other religious people have a healthy relationship with sex, I kinda also think that at times there is too much of it. ... More
Nod, I'm all for being positive about sexuality, but there are definitely certain segments of Pagandom that almost treat you as repressed if you're not doing 17 people. Green Egg magazine a few years ago had a series article on polyamory, plural marriage, etc. going on for like 12 issues & I felt like "Okay, I get it already!"

I've not had a ton of contact with other Pagans in group situations due to location, but the times I have, I always felt like many were people I wouldn't want to associate with. There are plenty of Pagans out there I click with, but they tend to be a bit less "out." I think a lot of the super-public people haven't gotten over the whole "Oooh, I'm Pagan! I'm such a rebel! Everyone pay attention to me!" thing.
10/13/2011
Diabolical Kitty Diabolical Kitty
I'm Pagan but not really too showy about it. I don't care if people know or not.
10/13/2011
The-IT-Guy-And-My-Secretary The-IT-Guy-And-My-Secretary
Quote:
Originally posted by fifi
So, after "liking" a few products from Eden on FB, I noticed that my pagan friends were supportive when they found out I was doing sex-toy reviews and we had interesting private conversations about various areas of sex. However, only one of ... More
Im not a pagan but thats cool that you are. I have been involved with some pretty hateful people associated with "Religion" so I just take people for being people and hey hopefully some of your beliefs might just rub off on me and make me a better person for it if we ever were to speak about it. I have kind of dropped the whole religion thing and gone with what ever really puts me at peace.
10/13/2011
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Quote:
Originally posted by The-IT-Guy-And-My-Secretary
Im not a pagan but thats cool that you are. I have been involved with some pretty hateful people associated with "Religion" so I just take people for being people and hey hopefully some of your beliefs might just rub off on me and make me a ... More
That's the healthiest way of going about it, IT Guy.
10/13/2011
Yaoi Pervette (deleted) Yaoi Pervette (deleted)
Pagan (Wiccan specifically) here. People who know me well know about my beliefs, but I only share if someone asks otherwise. I don't talk about sex with many people, but I tend to find that other Pagan folk are fairly sex positive. I've also come across sex positive individuals from other faiths.
10/13/2011
Neurogasm Neurogasm
I was a pagan for a while, but I fell out of it. Lapsed, if you will. I'm not particularly religious at the moment, but I am perfectly okay with other people believing whatever they choose to believe.
10/13/2011
carenautilus carenautilus
I'm Jewish by heritage, but my religiousness wavers around. There are quite a few pagans in the local kink community. I'm always struck by how well their belief systems supports and inspires them. I am deeply drawn to those beliefs, but at the same time I will always feel Jewish. I may end identifying as both, who knows?
10/14/2011
fifi fifi
Quote:
Originally posted by Airen Wolf
I am a dyed in the wool Wiccan eclectic with ties to the Nativist Tradition. The God first came to me in the form of the FSM (can I get a Ramen?). I am also eating the holy dinner as I write...
Hehehehe... that truly made me laugh out loud.
10/15/2011
fifi fifi
Quote:
Originally posted by LQ
Nod, I'm all for being positive about sexuality, but there are definitely certain segments of Pagandom that almost treat you as repressed if you're not doing 17 people. Green Egg magazine a few years ago had a series article on polyamory, ... More
My ministry certifications are through UU churches, and i do work with them, so I definitely know the scenarios you're talking about. The people that are in the headlines are usually (not always) people who are still rebelling and trying to go from an extremely rigid upbringing to something they view as liberating, and just go too far. The Beltane rituals getting crazy are the most problematic at festivals >.> We've got things somewhat chilled out on the east coast, most people don't want to be dealing with creepers or the drama that can ensue from public orgies. (and in my opinion, it's kinda icky to be so public with intercourse, which is an expression of the divine.) So the attitude seems to be having rituals in public for spiritual purposes, any "fun" worship in the spirit of the holiday gets taken home to be done in private. I guess it depends on the group of people in each instance
10/15/2011
fifi fifi
Quote:
Originally posted by The-IT-Guy-And-My-Secretary
Im not a pagan but thats cool that you are. I have been involved with some pretty hateful people associated with "Religion" so I just take people for being people and hey hopefully some of your beliefs might just rub off on me and make me a ... More
Not a bad way to view religion! And it's nice to hear you're not still one of the hateful people. The thing I like about working with a UU church is I meet people from all faiths and can learn about each and take from them the positive things that may help me grow as a person
10/15/2011
fifi fifi
Quote:
Originally posted by carenautilus
I'm Jewish by heritage, but my religiousness wavers around. There are quite a few pagans in the local kink community. I'm always struck by how well their belief systems supports and inspires them. I am deeply drawn to those beliefs, but at ... More
I know a number of people who find ways to blend traditional beliefs like Judaism with new-agey beliefs. Whatever works for you, on any part of the spectrum, and makes you want to be a good person is A OK in my book!
10/15/2011
Midway through Midway through
I'm an eclectic pagan. My goddess is Lilith. I'm in a local coven for pagans in general though, several of us worship different deities but respect each others deities also.
10/15/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
Pagan here, too *waves* . Not a member of any local pagan group - I don't think there is any - though I'm not really interested in joining one. For me, it just means I have a set belief system, which is based on several branches of paganism, and I've no need to ritualise it by having meetings - apart from meetings down the pub, that is.
10/15/2011
Chaotic Rantings Chaotic Rantings
Wiccan here!
11/03/2011
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