Authors Discuss Politics, Religion & Sex
Which would they rather write about? Which would they rather read about?
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Whhat is more difficult to write about: Politics,
Religion or Sex?
Hanne: "[Pedantic note: Grammatically, that should be "Which is most difficult to write about..." because there are three options, not two, so the superlative and not the comparative applies.]
In the current cultural climate, I would have to say that religion is the
most difficult topic to write about, at least in the way that I tend to
write about religion. An intellectual approach to religion and faith that
is simultaneously sympathetic, rigorous, and critical has probably never
been the easiest one to attempt; in a cultural moment where there is a lot
of pressure to either accept religion on a basis of unquestioning faith or
abandon it altogether it's certainly no less so."
Kim: "Religion. It's very, very hard to opine about something that people believe as "Truth." Christians, for example, believe the Bible is the Word of God, and because of that, they don't have ears to hear anything anyone else says. It's a very lazy way out, in my opinion. They don't have to think, they simply have to quote."
Bee: "I think that it is very difficult to make a persuasive
and sustained political argument. I see both religion
and sex as political issues."
Josh: "Thatís a very tough question to answer, because every topic has itís pros and cons. Basically, it all comes down to personal preference, and knowing your audience. Iím fairly middle of the road when it comes to politics. I know whatís going on, but Iím not constantly reading about it, but itís still pretty easy to stir up a crowd with some fairly basic political stuff. (You want to get an easy laugh and uproarious applause/booing? Say something has basic as ďBoy, our president sucks!")
Religion is the most audience dividing, so thatís probably the basic answer to your question. Thatís not something people are willing to laugh about as much.
Of those three, sex is the more personal, emotional subject, and thatís the kind of stuff I like to write about it. Not that I know anything about it. In fact, from all these sex magazines, Iíve pretty much figured out that no guy knows what heís doing. And all you girls are writing about it!"
Stephen: "Politics would be hardest. Politics is a blend of a thousand weak men, controlling hundreds of strong men with money and legislation. Religion is as difficult, being based upon the faith that youíll come out on top, sort of like a lottery. Sex is easiest; itís sex. Sex is a part of life, even more when youíre not getting any."
bard: "it is not that one is harder to write about then the other, but, rather, the mood and the particular muse our current political situation is perfect fodder for the pen -and believe me, I have written my share of lines about the emperor who has no clothes... or rather, the clothes that have no emperor... all three items are generally taboo topics on first dates, or meeting that date's parents... so they are fair game as far as I am concerned . . the more sacred the cow, the better the burger. sex CAN be more difficult to write about as the topic can get one really worked up and distracted ..."
Angela: "All of the above, sex being the least difficult."
Gwen: "Politics. In my mind, writing about religion is easy, because everything about religion is all a matter of opinion. It comes down to personal morals, teachings and lessons embraced throughout life. Writing about sex is easy because it is a universal thing. We all know how it feels, how it affects us, how it changes a person. But politics? There are so many facts involved, so many sides to the same issue, and so many repercussions that reach beyond the individual. Even reading about politics is a daunting task. I admire those who can write about politics, and do it clearly and concisely."
Jason: "Politics. One has to research more outside of self for an understanding of politics, whereas religion and sex are more innate and we sort of learn from the inside out."
Kola: "For me, politics is the most difficult to write about, because it bores me and because although I always have a point of view, I don't always know the very intricate history of some of the policies, so that makes me cautious in commenting on my gut reactions. I hate politics."
Heather: "I'd have to say that politics is the most difficult subject to tackle, as there seems to be no way to please everyone when discussing it."
Kat: "I'd say politics, as I do not know enough about it to really write a decent article."
Katy: "They can all be difficult subjects, since theyíre all so personal.
But as to which is harder to write about, my moneyís on politics. Such a volatile subject, very difficult not to step on toes, to maintain objectivity. Religion would be next, since people care so deeply about their beliefs and everyoneís take on spirituality is different. There are a lot of extremist feelings when it comes to both of those subjects, too. And that doesnít even begin to take into account the politics *of* religion, I wouldnít even want to go there :)
But, sex? Thatís the easiest of the three as far as Iím concerned. After all, weíve all done it, we all think about it. Itís simply a matter of fantasy. On the other hand, letting go enough to write about sex can be very difficult. Our sexual identities are often so ingrained that itís hard
to bust out of our rut, to explore a side or ourselves that has been hidden for so long."
Jude: "Oh my! I'll go with Politics here. I get incredibly angry and frustrated when I even think about politics. Writing about it makes me even angrier. But, give me religion and I'll get into trouble. I'll find a way to
insert sex and we all know that's not a good thing, but I'd at least have
fun with it."
Ina: "hmmm...for ME probably a tie between politics and religion for the same reasons - the amount of ignorance and stupidity surrounding the subjects frustrates me to no end."
Which of the three is more interesting to write about?
Kola: "Well, I think religion is more interesting to write about, but it's also frustrating. Sex is fun to write about, and it can be cathartic--but as I approach my forties, it's not as interesting as it used to be."
Jude: "Okay, I laughed. I write about sex and I love doing it. Writing I mean, well doing too, but we're talking writing here, right? I've tried other
genres off and on over the years, but I've always had a huge problem when
I get my characters to the bedroom door. Why should I have to skim over
that bit? It's such a beautiful part of humanity, and it's more fun that
anything else I can think of."
Ina: "Sex, of course."
Katy: "Hmmm, are we talking interesting or fun?
Personally, while it might be interesting for me to research and write a political or religious essay or article, it would be a challenge, and could be hard. Writing about sex, however, is easy, perhaps because Iíve done it for so many years, and much preferable :)
That said, my article on transgender politics, which was more about rights and politics than sex, was fascinating to research and ultimately very fulfilling to write. So in the end, I think itís more interesting to write about politics or religion, but more fun to write about sex."
Gwen: "Sex is more interesting. The possibilities are limitless!"
Heather: "Sex, of course. It's such a versatile subject. It can be hot, silly, intense, terrible, sad, traumatic, romantic. It can be meaningful or meaningless. It's all up to the author."
Bee: "Iím equally interested in politics and sex; my
religious or spiritual concerns are all expressed in
pragmatic work as a publisher and community activist.
Of the three subjects, I write the least about sex,
probably because I regard it as a healthy, happy
pursuit-- and my published work tends to dwell on
Kat: "Sex, of course!"
Jason: "Sex. Itís still what makes the world go round."
Kim: "I'd have to say religion again. Regardless of what some folks believe, there are no answers when it comes to religion -- there is no "truth," only faith. Religion and religious people fascinate me. Writing and thinking out loud in my column or on my blog helps me try to make sense of it all. But it's frustrating because instead of coming up with answers, I come up with more questions."
Hanne: "I'm a cultural historian by training. I think they're all fascinating to write about."
Angeala: "Sex is the most interesting, Religion has it's appeal. Politics...I just ain't smart enuff for!"
Rose: "Sex, politics, religion are huge fun to write about because they each tap into deeply rooted passion. Right now I'm immersed in politics--esp. issues of reproductive choice, health care for all, separation of church and state, alternatives to war, sustainable agriculture & energy policies, . . . Do you want me to go on?"
"well the politics of sex as a religion is awfully dicey . . . and is sure to get one crossed off the proper party invite lists."
Stephen: "Iíd write about sex because itís what I know. I live it and thrive on it, and not just coitus. If I werenít writing about sex, Iíd write about fighting, itís all I know."
And of the three, which would you prefer to read...
Bee: "I prefer to read high-quality work. It doesnít matter
to me what the topic is."
Hanne: "That depends entirely on who wrote it and what it's about. It probably also depends on whether it's well-written, since even the most fascinating topic can become dreary to read about if the writing is bad."
Angela: "Although I seem to collect spirtual/self help type books, and I like reading short articles on politics (Newsweek Junkie, here!), I prefer reading fiction, which usually includes sex of some sort or the other...so SEX WINS!!!"
Kola: "I would read about sex, I suppose. But none of the three is my favorite thing to read about. I think that Black feminism and the lives of Black women are my favorite things to read."
bard: "well . . 'hands down,' it would be sex .... but then that could be 'hands up and down'."
Jude: "Erotica, of course. But, there are a hundred sub-genres here too. You've got BDSM, gay or lesbian, erotic romance, sci-fi, fantasy, furry, and
fetish. The list really goes on for awhile. Even the three choices you
gave me in a previous question could be slipped into the erotica genre.
I've never written one myself, but I've read two or three amazing erotic
stories that involved religions of one kind or another. Erotica in
politics, we can go there too."
Laurel: "A combination of politics and sex."
Katy: "Reading about politics just pisses me off; as a left wing liberal who was devastated by the last presidential election, I canít bear to hear all the rhetoric and bullshit. And as an agnostic, Iím simply not all that interested in religious writings.
Above all, I prefer to read and write human interest stories, whether theyíre sexual or not. Novels, newspaper articles, magazine stories; as long as theyíre personal in nature, and delve deeply into real human lives and feelings, Iím there."
Ina: "well DUH. Sex."
Heather: "Reading about politics and religion can be both frustrating and depressing, at times. I'd much rather read about sex."
Gwen: "I would always prefer to read about sex. Itís so much more enjoyable than religion and politics, isnít it?"
Kim: "That's tougher. I follow politics these days because I fear my life depends on it; I follow religion so that I can talk/write intelligently on the subject. I don't really read about sex. I'd rather have sex."
Jason: "Any of them, really, as long as the author is exploring grander issues in that particular context. As long as he or she has a world view."
Kat: "Again, sex, of course!"