Actual Christian Sex Toys, Sort of
The next step--for a guy like I was, anyway--would be for these sites to have a small selection of actual pornographic movies where there was some guarantee that the women were happy and in charge, and that the proceedings would be relatively tame. (When I first started watching porn, one step into my local adult video store was immediately overwhelming; after looking at, and passing over, title after title of gangbangs and assplay and hard BDSM, I remember thinking, "Gee; the people who are into porn must be mostly quite different from me." Either that, or the tamer stuff was always checked out, I guess.) But I'm not counting on this happening any time soon. Still, this is my blog and I can dream.
LATE UPDATE: Forget two. Thanks to this page at The Marriage Bed, I can now report that there are roughly a dozen evangelical Christian sex sites available. Which leads me to re-propound a theory I've held for years: I have predicted, ever since the mid-90s, that the wide availability of Internet porn would have the effect of making the entire nation--not to say the whole world--a little incrementally more comfortable with sex. Because now, instead of having sexual products be that thing you have to sneak down to that one store to get, and where everyone can see you, suddenly everyone can obtain sexual information from the comfort of their home, and in as close to utter privacy as possible. And people who were curious about things that seem unspeakably naughty--commonish stuff like spanking, foot fetishism, or Catholic schoolgirl uniforms--can now try it at home, realize that it's not that bad, and find a slightly expanded language of happiness. Viva la revolution!
Of course, it wouldn't be a Christian site if it weren't concerned with setting down rules for right and wrong behavior, and here The Marriage Bed provides its take: it is, you might say, a little bit provincial and a little bit rock and roll. (And here's its list of what single people can look forward to, which is not a whole hell of a lot.) Still, even these half measures, laughable as some of them seem from my secular standpoint, represent a significant step forward for Christians everywhere, and replacing even a little bit of fear with a little bit of joy is no small thing. Amen.