(Note: some links may go to images that human beings under 18 are ‘not allowed’ to see…but you will have to click on them to find out which ones!)
We were, literally, made to love each other. Your Preacher disapproved it, your Gubmint boo-hoos it, yeah yeah yeah. It is tittered at and whispered about, it is taboo’d, verbotten, and discouraged on the surface of our silly society….even as its waves and tides wash over each and everyone of us every minute of every day and affects everything we do see and think about with it’s primal pull from deep in our loins to the top of our brain chemistry.
Whether you believe in evolution or in a God created world….There is nothing more natural than sex…in fact sex IS nature. Nature has one goal, to regenerate life through…sex. Whatever the ‘life force’ is that animates EVERYTHING on this planet, it is expressed in its purest form as sexual energy. Unless of course, you don’t believe in science, and it is all caused by the will of some big guy with a beard sitting on a throne in the clouds causing and ruling all life through his power and will. And who decided in his infallible wisdom, that SEX was the way that all life should be produced. That’s right! God chose and invented sex!. And yet, Gods ‘chosen’ minions on earth have been repressing God’s choice…God’s will, for thousands of years. If sex is so bad, why did God choose it?
We think about it all the time, and our bodies are constantly producing, secreting and distributing sexual signals that are imperceptible to our ‘higher selves.’ Yet denial and hypocrisy is the way our society deals with anything even vaguely sexual. Unless of course, it is used to sell a product.
Looked at objectively and not through the filters and programming we have been inculcated with by our upbriging in America’s sexually repressed culture, it is almost impossible to comprehend how we humans came to this turn, where the most basic human biological function (and the most ancient and basic pleasure, and the most basic, fundamental human right to enjoying that pleasure) in all the world has come to be controlled and dictated by a combination of Church and State. In their quest to prevent the ‘perversion’ of sex they have perverted something natural and beautiful into….something perverse. They have meddled with a basic force of nature…THE basic force of nature, and in the process have twisted and repressed it to the point where it has created a society and culture that is built totally on artificial foundations. Foundations that will naturally crumble as more and more human beings, and especially more women, who since the myth of Eve was created have been blamed, and thus oppressed, for all of mankind’s ills ….refuse to support them.
For it is only with our consent that these repressive doctrines and strictures can be imposed upon us. Unlike our (allegedly) main topic of conversation here, politics, we DO have control over this aspect of our lives. And it is my contention that our personal views on such things as sexual freedom, social freedom and social justice, as well as economic freedom from a corporate dominated world are exactly where the personal and political intersect. Freedom and dignity in ALL aspects are what we are working for here, imo. We are working against repression in all its forms. Since sexuality is the root of everything, sexual repression can be viewed as the root of all oppression.
This oppression reached its height in the 1950’s The societal revolution of the 60’s was in large part driven by a revolt against this sexual repression. One of my favorite examples of the societal repression and perversion of nature was the fact that Lucy and Ricky…and every other married couple on television before The Revolution had to be portrayed as having separate beds, even the thought of two married people having or god forbid enjoying sex was a dirty thought. When Lucy was pregnant…the network was not even allowed to actually use the word pregnant! When I was a kid circa 1967, a cousin from Indiana was literally run out of Muncie and disowned…just for having premarital sex. When was the last time you even HEARD the term premarital sex?
When the birth control pill came along and freed women from the “punishment of pregnancy” (sex and politics intersecting) and the societal shunning and shaming that went with having sex ‘out of wedlock,’ the whole ballgame changed. Women now had control over their sex lives in a very important way, taking control away from the patriarchies of church and state, womens bodies became the front lines in the Culture Wars. The Culture Wars are, whe it comes right down to it, between the folks who want to repress themselves ad other folks, ad those who want true freedom for all.
America’s attitude and restrictions on free sexual expression are referred to by most of the rest of the world as puritanical….and that is precisely correct. It was the
Originally used to describe a third-century sect of strictly legalistic heretics, the word “Puritan” is now applied unevenly to a number of Protestant churches from the late 16th century to the present. Puritans did not originally use the term for themselves. It was a term of abuse that first surfaced in the 1560s. “Precisemen” and “Precisions” were other early antagonistic terms for Puritans who preferred to call themselves “the godly.” The word “Puritan” thus always referred to a type of religious belief, rather than a particular religious sect.
…who “founded this country” ….whose descendants still make up most of our ruling class…whose influence, The Puritan Ethic, has informed every aspect of our culture…including “The Godly” imposing their repressive sexual ethic on the rest of us. With disastrous effects.
More on that in the next installment, Sex: Part 2.
For now I leave you with a few more links (Note, I do not agree with EVERYTHING in these links) that spell out some of the effects of this enforced repression of nature. Including, in my opinion…and Freud’s, lol, our society’s propensities for war…and torture.