This is no exhortation to have as much casual sex as one can have, but rather a suasion for each of us as individuals to get in touch with our sexual identities and desires, and to seek fulfillment and expression in safe, positive ways, whatever they may be.
Becoming conscious of my sexuality and finally coming out began with my involvement in religious youth activities: Summer camp, retreats and then conferences turned out to be hotbeds of hetero- and homo-eroticism.
That conservatives such as Gerson didn't notice it, doesn't mean it didn't happen. Gay couples have been fighting for the right to marry for decades; it isn't some new fad. It was happening before any "public intellectual" was willing to take a stand on the issue.
That is the gist of a new Discover article by Robert Epstein. He presents evidence that Americans are more sexually liberated when there is an excess of women relative to men at peak marrying age. Political liberalism goes along with liberated sexuality.
Sex has the power to heal. There are such great books about a woman discovering what sensually excites her, then what it does for her and her partner. This Pleasure Revolution is happening and it's coming to a theatre and a bedroom near you!
"Yawn," say the gays who whipped their S&M practice into shape 37 years ago and exercise their God-given right to sexual freedom every Friday night (and Saturday and Tuesday and Wednesday and every other day in between). "We got the memo a long time ago."
Feminism isn't just about sexual liberation. It isn't just about making choices about who to sleep with and when and even why. We need to be mindful of the fact that the sexual act can still do great damage, both physically and psychically.
Recently, in Vice Magazine, beloved writer, photographer, and filmmaker Bruce LaBruce wondered aloud that "gay culture is dead" (no, not "wondered if"... go read the title). And by the time I had finished reading, I was fuming.
The Left won the culture wars. Porn is everywhere, and sex is deregulated. But so is Wall Street. Maybe it's time to re-regulate Wall Street and the banks, and reintroduce something shocking to progressive sensibilities -- a few taboos.
Young women may think there is no emotion attached to the physical, but in reality, most of the times there is, and that misconception can lead to a lot of hurt feelings and damaging of the self-esteem.
Muslim fundamentalists probably don't have 'camp' in their aesthetic vocabulary, and what seems like a celebration of bad taste to us -- this movie, for example -- to them is just more evidence of Western moral decadence.