catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Taboo: Sex(uality)

vol. 11, num. 5 :: 2012.03.02 — 2012.03.15

In our churches, in our families, in our neighborhood, in our friend groups, certain topics like - - - - - and - - - - - are off-limits, whether explicitly or implicitly.  Why are we reluctant to discuss - - - - - in these settings and what are the ripple effects?  A follow-up to the general taboo issue to focus specifically on of sex and sexuality.



Luke’s journal

A short fiction piece about life in the wrong body.

The shame for which I weep

When churches fail to offer acceptance and healing for gay and lesbian believers.


Body parts

Reclaiming rituals for whole personhood.


Nothing to see here

A pastor’s perspective on the church’s silence about sex.

Confession is optional

Wrestling with the self stunted by addiction.

Let’s (not) talk about sex

Loneliness and misperceptions in the wake of the church’s number one taboo.

Cards for every occasion

On helping a friend carry the load as she walks uphill to overcome addiction.

Sweeping abusers under the bridge

A call for the church to humanize, forgive and hold sex offenders accountable.

In case you missed it the first time

It takes 'two to tango' and I'm a willing partner

A married woman struggles with a strong attraction to another man.

Reviving Messalina

A review of the documentary Sex: The Annabel Chong Story.

When changing your mind goes public

An interview with Bethany Torode about her seven-year journey since publicly advocating for Natural Family Planning at nineteen years old.

Weaving the web

Magic menstrual mummies

Frank Schaeffer writes on a boyhood home in which there were right and wrong kinds of blood.


Valentine’s Day as sex-for-gifts exchange

The images blog calls out a recent Superbowl ad that may have passed many viewers unnoticed.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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