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Wednesday, May 18, 2005Has the whole world gone limp...
[Sorry in advance for all of the innuendos. -the Management]
While perusing the news on Yahoo today I noticed that about 6 articles in the Health section related to Viagra. The most popular (or talked about) spam ad is for Viagra, or a similar substitute. Is it possible that the same country that bans excessive dancing by cheerleaders in Texas, freaks out about a mostly covered nipple at the super bowl, allows pharmacists to refuse women their DOCTOR PRESCRIBED birth control pills, and demands an abstinence-only sex education policy for their schools (probably the most promiscuously sexually active percent of the population), actually contains people who like having sex?!? Why else are you still getting "incr3a53 y0ur h@rd 0n" e-mails crammed into your inbox? Why is Viagra's stock not only skyrocketing, but exploding? What else are all the rock hard monuments being built for if not for a little divide and conquer?
Now, I'm not knocking the drug companies for hawking their wares, that's what they're paid to do. But what kind of message is this sending to our children. "Don't have sex when you are young and virile, wait till you are old and married and have to take a pill to enjoy yourself." Not that I'm saying high school children should be having sex (not that I'm saying they shouldn't) that's not what this is about. Perhaps though, it is this environment of "sex is wrong and dirty" that is creating most of the consumers for these drugs. Perhaps it is all the conservative ideas about sex that is leading to men's dysfunction in the first place. Something like 70% of all men who experience erectile dysfunction, suffer from emotional issues rather than physical ones. (Ok, so I just made that statistic up, but you can't tell the difference) Maybe if parents would be more open and honest with their children about sex, they wouldn't grow up having subconscious issues about it. Mothers, everytime you tell Jr. "stop playing with yourself and wash up for dinner" you are contributing to his future downfall in society. ("hurry up and finish" would be better if you must say something, but that could lead to other problems )
You're right though. Maybe I'm priviledged, ensconced as I am in my strong and firm ivory tower, not knowing what its like for the little man in the street, bent down by societies strictures and mores. Perhaps it is easier for him to simply take the easy way out, and not the difficult road that would lead to true health. But if the easy way out were always best, there would be a lot more suicide in the world.
So remember, sex is fun and healthy (as exercise and for the immune system). So go out there, be safe (get tested, use protection) and have fun! You don't need drugs to get what you need, try eating more fruits and vegetables, cut back a little on the red meat, and get some exercise (perhaps stop smoking). If that doesn't work after a couple of months of true effort, then feel free to dope yourself up. That's advice we all should follow.
"Sexual modesty cannot then in any simple way be identified with the use of clothing, nor shamelessness with the absence of clothing and total or partial nakedness. There are circumstances in which total nakedness is not immodest....Nakedness as such is not to be equated with physical shamelessness. Immodesty is only present when nakedness plays a negative role with regard to the value of the person...The human body is not in itself shameful, nor for the same reasons are sensual reactions, and human sensuality in general. Shamelessness (just like shame and modesty) is a function of the interior of the individual. " -Pope John Paul II
"To hear many religious people talk, one would think God created the torso, head, legs and arms, but the devil slapped on the genitals. " -Don Schrader
and this doesn't have a lot to do with this , but I liked it. Remember when the government knew its place...
"We are powerless to act in cases of oral-genital intimacy unless it obstructs interstate commerce. " - J. Edgar Hoover (see originally, the US government was set up for the sole purpose of regulating interstate commerce, with states handling all other issues themselves... ...how that relates to sex education in schools, I'll never know)