Sexism and Sexuality

The bombs keep falling and the “pacification” of “terrorism” continues without skipping a beat, and the far right is convinced that enough prayers and devotions will be enough to end it all, while radical cults do all they can to end it all through the use of gasoline, matches, and willpower. Police brutality increasingly becomes a part of urban life, while suburban parents are convinced that poverty in America is a lie, so that their block meetings can focus on the pride of patriotism. One third of the kids in the ghetto end up in jail, the other third homeless, and an inexact amount never make it past 18. We are born in this world naked, and those who doubt it will be the first deceivers of the last generation.

The twilight of an orange sunset leaves us with a strong longing and a human satisfaction.

The blessing of our mind, the gift of our body, and the freedom to use them — perhaps the only things that may comfort us as the world continues its civil war. The soft hum of the radio, the gentle glow of television sets, the cinematic value of it all… The land is covered in propaganda, no one is right, everyone is wrong. As the wars are waged, as the desperately beautiful moments of post-modern life unfold, where are we then? We find ourselves in the one consoling sentiment that we have, the embodiment of sympathy, the empathy of kindness… We find ourselves in the strength of meaning and the hope of love. The one thing that shares the life of the soul and the depth of the mind… Sex. The tumult of passion and the expression of meaning. Yet to many, it is believed to be the actual act of penetration, but the thoughts, emotions, ideas, memories, and beliefs which have been connected to it encompass so much more than just that. It is the erotic kiss, the comforting holding, the gentle cuddling, the natural instinct of the thrust — everything that our painters and sculpters idolized as beauty and everything that our religious demagogues cursed as ugly. An open mind will accept it as something natural as much as it is glorious. Those whose ideas are molded by an archaic religion or morality, will develop an intolerance and an opposition to the sex act. It is through this act, the one solemn and warm moment, that a person may find themselves at peace, whether it is something as simple as sleeping side by side with a lover, or something as pleasurable as sexual stimulation — sex is a method of communicating with someone where words fail.

Such vivid ideas and yet one must think that they are improper, indecent, even immoral — at least, a member that grew up in our society. The day the first animal was born was also the day that sexuality was born. All the aspects of sex that we understand today have slowly been incorporated as evolution pushed animal life further. The most absurd thing a man could do is censor what has been normal, natural, and a part of everyday life for the past several hundred million years.

It is unfortunate that any society on this planet should treat the genders different in any respect. The aspirations, hopes, dreams, and fears of an individual may have some relation to gender, admittedly so, but they are sprung from personal experience. When a person yearns for liberty in an otherwise oppressive state, it is the natural longing that every free soul is born with. When we find that person has fallen in love with the idea of poetry, expression, and art, it does not arrise out of one gender or the other, but from the mind’s natural inclinations. So it must be true, when we see a person hoping or admiring something from afar, too shy to approach it, that it is a part of individual beauty, and not a marked attribute of either gender. However, so much that each person is an individual, based on their personal growth, we must understand that the two genders are not wholly equal in all respects. There are marked differences in them, such differences which must be accepted and respect if a true justice is to reign.

For example, when it comes to the question of sexual selection, or selectivity and promiscuity, our observation seems to drive us to the opinion that men are less selective while women are much more so. We find that men are much more willing to engage in sex, while women are much more selective in who they are going to have sex with. Ten minutes of conversation and then a proposal for sex (in whatever form) may seem like an acceptable approach to a male, but it may even be insulting to a woman if it is put indelicately. When a concerned individual polls opinions of both sexes, finding that males are desirous of sex, while women are desirous of sex with a more person whom they were much more selective in choosing. This person may make the judgment that one sex is, in fact, wrong for its opinions on sex. They will call men thoughtless, cruel, and even degrading in their pursuit of the ten second high — or, they will call women frigid, manipulative, and even a tease in their pursuit of what they feel is a selectively chosen male. One person may feel in condemning one sex or the other, for their attitude towards the other sex, when they feel that sexuality for both sexes is the same, even though a clear observation of our world will show that it is not. It may be true, as well, that men can be found to be selective and women can be found to be promiscuous. They are neither good nor bad for overcoming the role that was placed for them. The humane attitude that we all must accept is that an individual’s approach to sex is neither good nor

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