The following screen shot is an actual page taken from a publication written by the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1976. It is from a book entitled “Your Youth – Getting The Best Out Of It”. Keep in mind that rank and file Jehovah’s Witnesses truly believe that their leadership (which currently consists of 7 men in Brooklyn NY) are the only people in the entire world that receive messages and direction from God. As such, these men have what they refer to as “Godly wisdom”. This “Godly wisdom” is taught to be invaluable……to the point where “worldly wisdom” (the education and opinions offered by science and professionals) is scoffed at and viewed to be almost worthless. The controlled thought process is “would you rather receive advice directly from God (funneled through church leadership) or from an imperfect human source like a mere medical doctor?” The point is, when leadership gives advice, whether through a sermon or through written word, it is the best advice that could possibly be given because it is coming from God. At least, that is the mindset of a rank and file JW.
Knowing this mindset…..consider who JW leadership consists of. They are all in their 50s to their 80s in terms of age. They have spent their entire lives inside the organization, either working at the world headquarters or another branch office for most of their lives. Simply put, they’ve been sheltered from reality. Now imagine the chaos that results when millions of rank and file JWs, who have been taught NOT to think for themselves, hang their hat on every word that comes from these Orwellian bubble dwellers. It is a recipe for disaster.
Please consider the following sage advice for youths who are trying to deal with puberty and the natural sexual impulses that accompany it:
Admittedly, this screen shot is a little hard to read, so I will bring out some of gems mentioned. This page is dedicated to helping young ones avoid masturbation because it is taught amongst the JWs that masturbation is bad and God hates it. So, how can one avoid the urge to masturbate? They suggest always surrounding yourself with others, and not sleeping alone in a room. Even more comical, when you DO sleep…….somehow sleeping on your side, in lieu of face down or on your back is claimed to be of help.
Next they suggest that you wear clothing that does not “unnecessarily cause friction with the sexual organs”. What the hell does that mean? Tighty whities only? No boxer shorts? Does this mean all youths should wear only very very tight fitting clothes so as to not have friction? But they condemn tight clothing as being immodest! Perhaps young ones should wear extremely loose fitting clothes instead? But they condemn that too…..saying that overly baggy clothing exemplifies a “worldly and unwholesome” attitude. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t!
They suggest reading or talking about calm topics before going to bed. I guess doing a wikipedia search on volcanic activity would be frowned upon then. So too…….you mustn’t eat before you go to bed. I cannot count the number of verified scientific studies that have been done…..directly correlating popcorn consumption to uncontrollable sexual lust. Not. Also……they suggest that you wash your……you know……private areas. Excessive build up of dirt and filth can pull one’s mind in that direction apparently. But be careful! When you wash that filth away……you may get aroused! Oh the horror! Even the constant stream of water from the shower head may induce you to entertain the despicable thoughts of self pleasure! That’s why they suggest washing only from the waist up and taking a weekly dip in a large cauldron of hydrogen peroxide to cleanse your genitals. No touching. No stream of water. Just the urethral sting of alcohol to remind you that your “no no” zone is off limits to everybody…….including YOU! (no…..they didn’t really suggest that last part). And why? Why do you need to avoid masturbation? Aside from pissing off God……consider the next warning:
Your Youth – Getting the Best out of It (1976) p.39
In fact, masturbation can lead into homosexuality. In such instances the person, not satisfied with his lonely sexual activity, seeks a partner for mutual sex play. This happens much more frequently than you may realize. Contrary to what many persons think, homosexuals are not born that way, but their homosexual behavior is learned. And often a person gets started when very young by playing with another’s sexual parts, and then engaging in homosexual acts.
Well, now…..there you have it. No studies to back it up. No medical or psychological professionals. Just the self serving, dogmatic, and opinionated beliefs of a few old men that control even the personal bedroom activities of their followers. Sadly, just by reading this, millions of JWs will and have truly believed that masturbation leads to homosexuality. Don’t get me wrong. There is absolutely nothing wrong with homosexuality. But for JWs (who ARE taught to be homophobic) to actually hear this statement and believe that God directed it, shows the level of indoctrination and control that JW leadership possesses over the sheeple.