Its amazing to me how much judgmentalism, and underneath how much emotional power we as human beings invest in sexuality.
The stories I have read re Jiyu Kennett suggest to me that she was sexually repressed and often used her position to use sexuality to undermine other people.
I think that judgementalism over sexuality is endemic in our society.
Words like masturbation, abortion, infidelity, rape, homosexuality, promiscuity, sado-masochism, titilating, beastial, fornicating (to name a few) can conjure up in all of us strong emotional and judgemental reactions.
It also amazes me that making love and rape are essentially identical acts physically, but feel to the people involved at opposite ends of human experience. So its not what you do its the way that you do it...
Also Freud and the world of psychology has a huge amount of wisdom re sexuality, and the subconscious drives that we learn in early childhood. And how they are far more powerful than we realise. Unless we listen a bit deeper.
In psychotherapy, "deviant" sexual behaviour is not seen as something to be judgemental about, but more a vehicle to listen deeper into ourselves to find out whats really driving us. Michael's loneliness and isolation is one such possibility.
Also in Psychotherapy, judgementalism is seen as an off-switch to listening. And it is only by listening deeper that we find our real non-conscious drives, that were put there in early childhood.
Behaviour is not going to change on the surface if the root cause is not allowed out into the open.
For me and for everyone i have known at any depth, sexuality is fundamentally a vulnerable and opening place, where we contact in a very real way the exposure of our infancy and our relationships with our mother and father. As every counsellor and psychotherapist knows, this is why most sexual relationships fail, as most do. Where other than in psychotherapy is this talked about in any detail, and with any sense of its real importance to who I really think I am?