Everywhere we look today we find fanatics. So often we blame religion for all the extremists. But there are plenty of secular fanatics as well. From Savage's offensive attack against the Bible and religion in front of high school students, he appears to be one of them.
A few weekends ago I traveled to Providence for a "family reunion." The winter 2012 Fetish Fair Fleamarket is what I call a perfect reunion. One weekend a year, 3,500 members of the kink community gather for three days of workshops and panels.
My girlfriend is visiting my shrink with me so we can duke out our premarital differences, which can be boiled down to one, ever-nagging question: why, after three and a half happy years together, do I still cringe at the thought of getting married?
Despite the perils it presents, nonmonogamy can be a source of great satisfaction. But when it comes to opening up a relationship, two men are best served by clear communication and mutually agreed-upon boundaries.
I fear that some of our discussions about human sexuality thus far have confused the term "natural" with the term "normal." Natural can be defined in many ways, but based upon its etymology, having some relationship with nature is a dominant theme.
In an era when dominant world views have given way to individual choice, the shoulds and oughts traditionally associated with religion hold less influence. Many wonder why we hold on to ancient beliefs at all.
If you had a very good sexual relationship with your spouse, despite the fact that you absolutely couldn't live together as man and wife, it does seem a shame to give it up altogether. Great sex, is, after all, great sex.
I believe in monogamy, but based on my own personal experience, I am not convinced that all of us are meant to find one mate to last our entire lifetime, although I have great admiration for people who do successfully mate for life.
After an estimated 22.7 milliion viewers watched the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William last month, I wonder if any of them thought about whether this marriage, too, like Charles' and Diana's, would end in infidelity and divorce?