What Is The Body For?
When I was about 12 years old, I got caught masturbating. It was, it seemed, the final straw in a long line of behaviors tied to my budding sexuality that the people who were raising me found troubling. A few weeks earlier I had been caught trying on women’s clothes.
I grew up for this portion of my life in a small Rust Belt town about 15 miles outside of Pittsburgh. As boys we were trained that our bodies had one purpose, and that purpose was to deal in pain. You could either administer pain, or you could survive pain. In the body theology of the…