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Hey, guys! This post is much later than I meant for it to be, which I feel totally bad about, so probably I should go on a church retreat!
Anyway, I did really want to be able to give the recap my full attention, because in spite of this being a largely Matty-less episode, I really liked it. There are few things in life that I enjoy more than some hilarious religious humor, and that is no joke. And I believe I’ve discussed this on the blog before but in case I haven’t, or in case you missed it, I had a fairly long and … let’s just say kind of difficult stint with the Christian church for about ten years, from when I was 15 till I was about 25. And I kind of wonder if whoever wrote this episode had some personal experiences themselves, because they got a lot of stuff very accurate. Although I do wonder if things have changed since I was involved, because there’s no way an openly gay kid would be able to just go on a retreat and enjoy himself with most (all?) of the churches I went to. Everyone was always all crying and trying to Pray Away The Gay™. No shit, I once got a whole lecture over dinner just for disagreeing with the opinion that all gay people are sluts. I don’t even know, you guys.
But you know, I really did love how not weird or shoehorned this episode felt, which it easily could have. Like, oh, Jenna at church camp, haha, funny scenario. But it made total sense that she and her mom were going to church because they were feeling bad about themselves and guilty about their lives, and Jenna was trying to find a way to be absolved. It was really logical and well-done. And I LOVED how quickly horrified by the whole thing Lacey became, because it obviously seemed like a good idea at the time, but then with all the judging and people wanting to talk to you about shit you don’t want to talk about … I was right there with her.
But let’s get back to the church retreat scenario. The “handsy” thing was SO ACCURATE. Oh my god. Everyone is all over each other because of the sexual frustration. I do remember in college coining the term “Christian Cuddle Orgy” because everyone was just piled on a bed cuddling. And it was like, at least as far as I remember, girls hugging and holding hands was fine, and boys hugging and/or fighting was fine, and in some places girls and boys hugging was okay, but in other places, you shouldn’t hug because boys can feel your boobs on them and then they get boners. So you could have like a short, appropriate side hug, or MAYBE high five. But I did once get yelled at for grabbing a boy’s hand and pulling him out of a coffee shop (Christian drugs, btw) because that might give him “impure thoughts”. It was about as sexual as pulling on your dog’s leash to get him to pick up the pace, so … Although I’m pretty sure most Christian boys usually ARE having impure thoughts anyway (see above re: sexual frustration), and in a lot of cases, they’re about guys. So I doubt touching someone’s hand is gonna send them into a spiritual tailspin, but what do I know? Read the rest of this entry »