Sex and Sexuality in Satanism, the Religion of the Flesh

By Vexen Crabtree 2002

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1. Traditional Religions Have Damaged Human Sexuality

1.1. Anti-Sexuality in Traditional Religion

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Note how things have got better in more modern religions:

The high child abuse and sexual abuse rates within the Christian priesthood highlight a problem that many religions face: We should not attempt to mould human sexuality around otherworldly religious ideals. Sexual dysfunction always results. Psychologists and sociologists have noted the association between extreme religious fervour and psycho-sexual problems (the former causing the latter), and the highly negative stance that many monotheistic religions take towards sexuality in general have contributed to a general malaise amongst their lay adherents, and a serious pandemic of abuse amongst professional religionists. The religious attitude towards religion is to behave like an ostrich and stick its head in the sand, hoping that theology can override biological truth, but merely making its victims unable to cope with adult sexuality. Witness the hateful and confusing statements that Christians and Muslims make about homosexuals, the anti-contraception stance that the Catholic church has in an over-crowded world ridden with disease, the harmful and simplistic rejection of abortion and the patriarchal dominance over women that has gone hand-in-hand with traditional religion on every continent.

Many religious practices are somewhat more positive towards sexuality than Christianity. The scholar Veronique Mottier gives the example of Judaism, which disapproves of abstinence1. Karen Armstrong reminds us that "Certain sects in Buddhism and Hinduism have used sex as a mystical activity. Everybody has heard of the Karma Sutra but not everybody is aware that this is not just a sex manual, but a method of achieving transcendence and spiritual enlightenment. Christianity is unique in having hated and outlawed sex and in making people feel guilty because they are sexual beings"2. But it is not just the subject of sex which is important to a discussion on sexuality - it still must be remembered that all traditional religions have normalized the dominance of men over women, and often obsessed over matters such as female dress.

In the modern world, many modern popular movements provide an alternative to traditional religions, and have enshrined normal sexuality. The secular world merely lets sexuality remain natural, and the New Age movement amongst many others, actively engage sexuality. The results have been much more positive and healthy than those of the classical monotheistic religions. This is one reason why countries that have liberal laws on abortion also have much lower rates of abortion than highly religious countries that restrict abortion heavily. An atmosphere of taboo and restriction serves limits responsible sexual behaviour. Rather than an ostrich, be a peacock!

"The Peacock vs. the Ostrich - Religious Behaviour and Sexuality: 6. Conclusions: Be a Peacock (Secular Society and New Religious Movements Excepted)" by Vexen Crabtree (2008)

1.2. Misogyny

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Anti-woman doctrines have thankfully been forgotten by secular (non-religious) society and by many new religions movements:

New religions have tended to practice and enshrine gender equality. The Bahá'í Faith (1844CE+) is a liberal Abrahamic NRM. Most Bahai doctrine suggests greater equality for women3 but the ruling body of its largest two denominations (the Universal House of Justice, based in Haifa, Israel and the Orthodox Bahai Faith) is strictly limited to male delegates4,5. Despite that limitation, it is overall a vastly more equal religion than its Abrahamic predecessors.

Pagan and Earth-centered religions not only to treat women fairly, but are sometimes dominated by women. Neopaganism and Wicca formed strong associations with early feminists. Feminists joining Dianic witchcraft in the 1980s (influenced by authors such as Zsuzsanna Budapest and Starhawk) outnumbered all other kinds of convert in that decade6, and Paganism in general attracts those who are interested in feminist spirituality and goddess worship7.

Feminism has always been a significant feature of Paganism and Wicca8. As the decades wore on, feminism and gender equality became an increasingly pronounced stance rather than an implied one9. The presence of feminism in Pagan groups is one of the six reasons that American Pagans gave for having become involved in Paganism, according to a study published in 198610.

"Modern Paganism (Neopaganism): 5.2. Tolerance for Others' Beliefs"
Vexen Crabtree

The 1960s also saw the rise of organized Satanism. You might assume it to be no place to look for good examples but although in the 1960s Anton LaVey, its founder, sounded misogynistic in his more personal writings, The Satanic Witch11 (1970) was a highly progressive and liberal volume for its time. Since then, the Church of Satan has thoroughly shed any gender bias, and a female high priestess followed on from LaVey.

"Religion Versus Womankind: 8. Modern Hope: Secular Society and New Religions" by Vexen Crabtree (2007)

2. Sexuality in Satanism: Liberal and Tolerant


The true Satanist is not mastered by sex any more than he is mastered by any of his other desires.

"The Satanic Bible" by Anton LaVey (1969)12

Satanism is pro-sexuality. We should all shed the weird and stifling sexual inhibitions preached by the world's traditional religions; Sexuality is a pure form of pleasure, something that satisfies our deepest purpose in life. Modern life allows us to enjoy sex without the risks of unplanned pregnancies and sexual diseases assuming that sense is taken. Satanism supports any fetish, kink or flavour of sexual encounter as long as all parties involved are consenting. We are informed by modern and learned psychological, medical and scientific opinions on sex; there are no dogmatic principles or religious intolerance of sexualities within Satanism. It is very optimistic, positive and healthy: This can only be expected of such a carnal religion of the flesh such as Satanism! Some people like quality, some people like quantity: Just be responsible, take emotions and consequences into account, and above all, enjoy your life!

A number of essays and texts by LaVey concentrate on the use and expression of sexual energy, but as social tools and energy within ritual. Boyd Rice says 'LaVey understood that wasn't one cookie-cutter for everyone [...] Sexual freedom doesn't mean having as much sex as possible, it means having the kind of sex you want.' Our strongest emotions and desires are sexual, we are sexual beings, it drives and motivates us more than any other factor.

Our sexuality is fluid: It cannot be oppressed. Denying our sexuality simply causes its waters to flow into other areas, sometimes in very unhealthy ways, honestly and expression fare much better than repression.

...the Satanist would not intentionally hurt others by violating their sexual rights. If you attempt to impose your sexual desires upon others who do not welcome your advances, you are infringing upon their sexual freedom. ... If all parties involved are mature adults who willingly take full responsibility for their actions and voluntarily engage in a given form of sexual expression - even if it is generally considered taboo - then there is no reason for them to suppress their sexual inclination.

"The Satanic Bible" by Anton LaVey (1969)13

LaVey understood that there wasn't one cookie-cutter for everybody. What makes one person happy might well make someone else miserable. In terms of sex, for example, some people are happy living a totally monastic lifestyle, others are happy being total libertines. Sexual freedom doesn't mean having as much sex as possible, it means having the kind of sex you want.

Interview of Boyd Rice in "Lucifer Rising" by Gavin Baddeley (1999)14

Satanists are self-aware and honest about their needs," Gilmore states flatly. When asked if the two ideas are at odds with each other, Waytz declares, "Absolutely not. Sexual hedonism and romanticism are the same thing!" The materialism of Satanic philosophy dismisses any so-called spiritual life that's divorced from, or "higher than," physical existence.

"Sex & the Devil: Satan Really Wants You" by Rick Hall

Of the Four Crowned Princes Of Hell I equate the Aspect of Leviathan with sexuality.

3. Rule of the Earth 5 of 11

"Do not make sexual advances unless you are given the mating signal" is the fifth Satanic Rule of the Earth and on the page linked I discuss this (a little) more.

4. Homosexuality

4.1. Satanism is Pro-Homosexuality

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Satanism is pro-homosexuality because Satanism is out and out pro-sexuality of any (consenting) kind.

The gay scene is likely to be aggressively anti-Satanism in the same way that the New Age movement is. In the relentless attempts to be seen as all-good and non-harmful, the instinct is to be seen to repel all evil. As most people do not understand Satanism, this means that those who wish to be seen as good (especially when oppressed by Christians who also want to be seen as good) the psychology of it all results in a class of people who are pressured into being anti-Satanism as long as society considers Satanism insidious... which is precisely what homosexuals and new agers do not want to be seen as.

As a result, nearly all the Satanists I know of (and goths, punks and other alternatives) who are also gay are not part of the gay scene and rarely mix with the pubs, clubs and events organized by the popular homosexual communities. Satanists who are homosexual are very much free to be public about it, and the founding members and High Priest of one Satanic denomination are openly gay. Satanism is pro-homosexuality because Satanism is out and out pro-sexuality of any (consenting) kind.

Book CoverSatanists generally agree on certain political points relating to the advancement of individual liberty. It is an intrinsic part of our philosophy as expressed in The Satanic Bible12 to accept a broad range of human sexual practice - so long as it is between consenting adults. The Church of Satan is the first organized religious group to fully accept members regardless of sexual orientation and thus our members advocate that any existing laws discriminating against homosexuality should be revoked. [...]

Allowing same-sex marriages does not mean that Christians and others who oppose such a practice will be forced into such unions. They may find it distasteful, but then, when a nation encourages the individual pursuit of happiness, there is no guarantee that everyone is going to like what everyone else is doing. That is a part of freedom - the tolerance of diversity.

Over time, the resolution of this issue will serve as a barometer for gauging the tenor of a nation's basic character. It will reveal whether a government can be truly pluralistic, offering equal freedom to its diverse citizens or if it will instead allow its people to be shackled by antiquated values fostered by religious dogma.

"The Satanic Scriptures" by Peter Gilmore (2007)15,16

4.2. Abrahamic Religions and Homosexuality

#christianity #homosexuality #islam #judaism #monotheism #sexuality

Abrahamic religions have contributed to the most negative and destructive attitudes towards sexual issues, especially homosexuality. Christian and Islamic communities and organisations are the most vocal assailants on any legal or societal moves towards tolerance and equality. The liberal wings of some of these religions have adapted to the wide (European) acceptance of homosexuality. Many traditional religions reject the scientific, medical and psychological knowledge that we have gained about sexuality and regard homosexuality as "unnatural", a "choice" or a "moral evil". These religions are themselves immoral and evil in their attitude, causing hatred, bigotry, violence and oppression in the name of God. Homosexual communities have become accustomed to the ranting of religious fundamentalists and traditionalists, and this causes a strong anti-religious resentment amongst them.

For more, see:

5. LaVey and Women

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At the time, Anton LaVey's writing on women were groundbreaking; he broke through in some areas such as in women's empowerment. But he couldn't separate his tastes from his work. The Satanic Witch contains radical and unheard-of advice, 20 years ahead of its time, but some of the underlying sentiments have not passed the test of time.

Book CoverIncluded in LaVey's works are personal opinions, jokes, fun, entertainment and then more personal opinions. His opinions on women are akin to that of Nietzsche; a weak area where there was little he could do to break away from 1940s and 1950s conventions, and like Nietzsche, it's best to consider Lavey's texts on women to be a facet of his personality. His writings on womankind are personal, unlike the doctrinal statements that he makes about Satanism itself.

Book CoverPredictably LaVey was labelled a misogynist - a mantle he willingly accepted, going so far as to publish an essay entitled "Confessions of a closet misogynist" in his 1992 collection The Devil's Notebook. As ever with this ingeniously provocative thinker, there was a twist in the tail: LaVey didn't hate women but was in awe of their power, treating them with the blend of suspicion, fear and respect afforded to a worthy foe!

"Dissecting Marilyn Manson" by Gavin Baddeley (2000)17

Despite this, plenty of Witches in the Church of Satan have supported his writings wholeheartedly.