The sex sense

    Sex has been with us since time immemorial. But before probing deeper and reading the next paragraph, I want to inform you that there are some words which are explicit. If you’re not used to encountering such words, please don’t continue reading from here. This is just a caution, though.

    History is replete with various examples of sexcapades. Russian empress Catherine the Great is said to have “satisfied” the entire imperial guard. Giovanni Casanova “seduced” thousands of women, usually two at a time.

    French actress Brigitte Bardot once boasted publicly of having more than 5,000 lovers. American statesman Benjamin Franklin had a mistress on every street in Paris. Suitors fought duels for the favors of a single night with actress/singer Lola Montez. Both actor John Garfield and politician Nelson A. Rockefeller died “in action.”

    Actress Dyan Cannon lost her virginity at age 17 on the afghan in the living room with a member of the temple choir, where she also sang. Erica Jong was also 17 when she had her first sex – with a Columbia sophomore in his off-campus apartment. Cartoonist Al Capp also got it off at 17 with his father’s 21-year-old secretary.

    Country music singer Loretta Lynn got married at age 13. With no prior sex education, her first sex experience was “very frightening.” She was pregnant by age 14. Likewise, Debbie Reynolds was virgin until marriage at age 23 to Eddie Fisher.

    British Prime Minister Winston Churchill acknowledged to novelist William Somerset Maugham that he’s once had sex with a man “to see what it was like.” British actor Richard Burton, after portraying a homosexual in the 1969 film Staircase, privately acknowledged to friends that he had “tried” homosexuality once – just for the experience.

    American actor James Dean bragged to a friend that he’d performed homosexual acts with “five of the big names in Hollywood.” He also claimed to have worked as a street hustler when he first came to the film capital of the world.

    U.S. actress Tallulah Bankhead was outspoken about her attraction to both men and women, and admitted having had several lesbian relationships in her life. “I don’t know what I am darling,” she reportedly told a friend. “I’ve tried several varieties of sex. The conventional position makes me claustrophobic. And the others give me either stiff neck or lockjaw.”

    In a 1972 interview with a Berkeley newspaper, US folk singer Joan Baez mentioned in passing that she’d had a brief but “wonderful” sexual relationship with another woman when she was twenty-two. The affair, she added, was an isolated episode in her life.

    Now, let’s hear it from celebrities themselves. “Sex is a form of temporary insanity,” says Martin Greif. Alice Roosewelt Longworth, at age 90, reflecting on the sexual mores of her own day: “People were always having love affairs with their poodles and putting tiny flowers in strange places.”

    Norman Mailer has this to say: “A whore practicing fellatio looks up and says, ‘Are you a Communist?’ – that’s what the modern world is all about, in a way.” Ray Russell contends, “Clinical jargon and polite evasions aside, in proper language there is no word for the act of love. ‘He fornicated her’ is ungrammatical, and so is ‘She wanted him to coit her’ or ‘I’d like to copulate you,’ to say nothing of ‘Please sexual intercourse me, darling.’”

    Now, listen to the words of Erica Jong (not again!) on porn films: “My reaction to porn films is as follows: After the first ten minutes, I want to go home and screw. After the first twenty minutes, I never want to screw again as long as I live.”

    Thomas Aquinas thundered: “Prostitution is a necessary adjunct of morality just as a cesspool is necessary to a palace if the whole palace is not to smell.” D.H. Lawrence believes that “if a woman hasn’t got a tiny streak of a harlot in her, she’s a dry stick as a rule.”

    In his essay, Marriage and Morals, Bertrand Russell wrote: “Morality in sexual relations, when it is free from superstition, consists essentially of respect for the other person, and unwillingness to use that person solely as a means of personal gratification, without regard to his or her desires.”

    Here’s something that Filipinos would find very interesting. “If people spend too much time indulging in sexual intercourse, and even more time thinking about it, other parts of our national life are bound to suffer.” It sounds this statement comes from the mouth of a nun or priest? No, it is quoted from the report of the committee on the Operation of the (British) Sexual Containment Act. It further stated: “Research has shown that those who were most prominent in this campaign (against sex) tended to be married men who were finding it difficult to satisfy the sexual desires of their wives.”

    Finally, here’s a short essay on sex: “Sex is the most flexible and adaptable game in the world. One person can play alone. Two people play regularly. Three play and they call it a ménage a trois. Four or more (unlimited numbers) play and call it an orgy. Men can play with men, and usually do.

    “Men can play with men, and sometimes do. Women can play with women, and sometimes do. You can play fast, as for example when you’re double-parked. You can take hours on a lazy Sunday when it’s raining outside and there’s nothing to do. You can play it to silence or the best music in the world. There’s no other game in the world that can use so many parts of the body. In handball or boxing, you use both hands to hit with and both feet to get around. In a sex encounter, you can use many organs of the body and get into every orifice of the body.

    “Sex is the only game played by the people of all nations, creeds, colors and sexes. Finally, you can play for keeps and bring life into the world, or play for fun and usually have it, or play for money.”

    Do I need to say more?


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