Monday, November 23, 2009
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Give Thanks for Pleasure
Sure, no one wants to talk about sex on Sunday mornings with all the grandmothers and kids about. It’s completely understandable that there’s a time and place for romance, erotica, and pleasure. Sometimes in our prudishness and hypocrisy, however, we tend to forget one special notion: sex is a good thing.
I can get religious about it if you like, but sex and religion are the two things that make people squirm, aren’t they? No, I’m not going to quote Biblical or wax super philosophical, but this Thanksgiving, remember to be thankful for pleasure. Whatever your personal pleasure is, human sexuality is special among the creatures of our planet. We don’t just breed and be done with it, procreate or lay eggs to anonymously keep the human race alive another day. The day we do start having doctored dish babies as norm rather than the expensive exception, I think the human race would lose a touch of soul, don’t you?
Humans are also one of the few species who mate for life. We have to have attraction, affection, and love beyond the pheromones. We may laugh at the notion in our current society’s trends towards divorce and nontraditional marriages, but it is true compared to all those other duck and run animals I mentioned. Now porn, gratuitous sex, and all the other nudity shock and awe tactics aren’t what I mean here. I mean true intimacy, inspiration, and divine bodily pleasure. Those who have it know what I mean.
If you think I’m full or wedded bliss, look at it from the dark side. We’re the only species that has rape, aren’t we? No other creatures abuse the body, mind, and soul for power, corruption, and control. In Shakspeare’s Titus Andronicus, the titular Roman General’s daughter Lavinia is raped, has her tongue cut out, and her hands cut off. Sure one of those is bad enough, but all three? We despise such gruesome losses of innocence, but we never fully come out and acknowledge that safe, consensual getting your kicks off is a good thing. Why the f not?
Enjoy your mind and body with your loved one this holiday season. Discretion and thoughtful intimacy are a delight! Treasure the gift of pleasure; appreciate the totally unique sensuality that God gave us. Give thanks for pleasure.
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