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Was there ever a society in which sex was viewed either as a functional necessity, duty before the gods or pleasure without any admiration of love?

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I would assume that orthodox religious societies e.g. in Christianity (such as the Amish or Hutterites) and Judaism may come close to viewing sex as duty before the gods, but then I may be wrongly prejudiced as an outsider. –  Drux Oct 22 '12 at 17:08
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@Drux: Nope, I think you're more or less right! I can speak from knowledge of the Catholic faith at least. In reality, many Catholic lay folk would not have viewed it in this narrow manner, for obvious/natural/human reasons, though it has been the official doctrine since the Early Church, I'd imagine. –  Noldorin Oct 22 '12 at 23:32
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@Drux - way way false for Judaism though. Romantic love is fully theologically approved of as foundation of family dynamic. Google "Song of Songs" :) –  DVK Nov 3 '12 at 22:57
    
Also, "admiration of love" seems way way subjective to be answerable. VTC. –  DVK Nov 3 '12 at 22:58

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The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement would answer your question in the affirmative, however, it is not a society per se, and it doesn't advocate against sex, but rather it advocates against procreation. I think that ultimately sex is viewed by nearly all human groups as being a necessary part of existence.

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The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, on the other hand, welcomes all "into the loving embrace of His Noodly Appendage." :) –  Drux Oct 24 '12 at 5:06
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-1. First, it is not a society in the sense I was asking about. Second, this is plainly incorrect, according to their website it does not follow from their ideology that they have any special position about love. –  Anixx Nov 28 '12 at 20:38

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