Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance

Affirming Sexual Freedom as a Fundamental Human Right

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Integration of Sex & Religion

Sexuality and faith are two of the most deeply important and deeply personal aspects of human identity.

Although sex and spirituality are often treated as very separate issues, and even understood to be in conflict in many societies, including U.S. society, we believe that sexuality and spirituality are natural and intersecting parts of human being’s lives and that for many people sex is deeply spiritual. The Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance understands that sexual freedom and freedom of religion are both fundamental human rights, and that neither one can negate the other.

Our culture needs a sexual ethic focused on personal relationships and social justice rather than particular sexual acts. All persons have the right and responsibility to lead sexual lives that express love, justice, mutuality, commitment, consent and pleasure. Grounded in respect for the body and for the vulnerability that intimacy brings, this ethic fosters physical, emotional and spiritual health. It accepts no double standards and applies to all persons, without regard to sex, gender, color, age, bodily condition, marital status or sexual orientation. Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing from the Religious Institute.

We work in solidarity with progressive faith based organizations and have staff and board members of various diverse religious and spiritual traditions, some of whom are leaders in their faith communities. We believe in mutual respect and working through dialogue across differences so that all of our human rights can be respected and protected, while our full humanity as sexual and spiritual beings can be honored and realized.

“Even the pursuit of virtue and devotion to a moral code, such as is taught by the world’s great religions (for example, by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), entirely loses its significance unless it can be practiced with freedom of faith (Noonan & Gaffney, 2001; Waldman, 2009). And with spiritual practices that do not depend so much on belief or faith (for example, some of the Dharmic and Taoic religions), the attainment of a good life is held to depend on the possibility of liberation of the human spirit from the constraints of mundane conditions, which is yet another invocation of the notion of freedom (e.g., Krishnamurti, 1996; Osho, 2002, 2004a, 2004b).”

Key Issues

  • Sex Work

    Sex Work

    Sex work refers to a wide range of activity where sexual interaction is explicitly exchanged for something of value.

  • Sexual Speech and Expression

    Sexual Speech & Expression

    WSFA firmly believes that human beings possess a fundamental right to develop and express their sexuality.

  • Sexual Health & Rights

    Sexual Health & Rights

    Sexual Health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well being in relation to sexuality.

  • Integration of Sex and Religion

    Integration of Sex & Religion

    Sexuality and faith are two of the most deeply important and deeply personal aspects of human identity.

  • LGBT Rights

    LGBT Rights

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are entitled to the realization of the full spectrum of their human rights.

  • Civil Rights

    Civil Rights

    Civil rights are one sub-set of human rights that exist equal to and interdependent with multiple fundamental human rights.

  • Reproductive Rights

    Reproductive Justice

    Grounded in the human rights framework, reproductive justice refers to all of the conditions necessary for all people to enjoy reproductive freedom.

  • Sexuality Education

    Sexuality Education

    Every human being deserves access to medically accurate and inclusive information about sex and sexuality.

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