Hearing And Proclaiming Her Voice: The Not-So-Secret Longing Of Female Sexual Desire In The Song -- By: Mark McGinniss

Journal: Journal of Ministry and Theology
Volume: JMAT 024:2 (Fall 2020)
Article: Hearing And Proclaiming Her Voice: The Not-So-Secret Longing Of Female Sexual Desire In The Song
Author: Mark McGinniss


Hearing And Proclaiming Her Voice: The Not-So-Secret Longing Of Female Sexual Desire In The Song

Mark McGinniss

Abstract: Evangelicalism as a whole (in which dispensationalism is a part) does not have a stellar history as it relates to its treatment of women or their issues. One area that has been woefully neglected in the church is the area of female sexuality. The church has generally been monotone in her voice to her female members along the lines of “no, no, no,” “sex is dirty, dirty, dirty,” or “sex is simply for your husband.” This voice is unfortunate and even unbiblical since there is an entire book in the Bible that bears directly on female sexuality. The voice of the Song of Songs is neither mute nor monotone on this critical subject. However, this poem is rarely heard (or taught accurately). This song needs to be embraced and celebrated for its divine teaching to married and single women on their own sexual desire.

Key Words: Sex, sexuality, Song of Songs, women, desire

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Wrong Voices And Deafening Silence

Evangelicalism as a whole (of which dispensationalism is a part) cannot boast a stellar history as it relates to its

treatment of women or their issues.3 One area that has been woefully mishandled in the church at large is the area of female sexuality. The church’s voice has generally been either silent or monotone to her female members along the lines of “no, no, no,” “sex is dirty, dirty, dirty,” or “sex is simply for your husband.”4 Although some have attempted to correct these incomplete or unbiblical “voices,” they are competing with countless opinions that at times (unfortunately) are noisier and more compelling.

Linda Dillow and Lorraine Pintus record these well-intentioned (but woefully wrong) voices of moms to their daughters:

“Only ‘those kinds’ of girls enjoy sex.”

“Sex is a man’s thing. You just have to endure it.”

“Wait until you’ve have been married twenty years, it gets old.”

“After two years of marriage, the excitement vanishes. You’ll see.”

“Give him his sex so you can have his children.”5

A female believer wrote to Kevin Leman: “I grew up in a really conservative, religious home. I was never told in so many words, but the message came across ...

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