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The Martyrs of Sex

Enough! Enough of the childish delight with which we destroy ourselves and each other over who we choose to have sex with. Here's a modest proposal: It's well past time we grow up, stop the carnage, and enjoy sex the way God intended.

By John H. Richardson

Take all the medals away, lay bare the fallen warrior's chest. Put a new medal there: For Valor in the War of Sex. Add the general's corpse to the endless pile our hypocrisy and denial generates: Tiger Woods, Larry Craig, Bill Clinton, John Edwards, Gary Hart, Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer, and all the rest.

We get it completely backward, of course. We are willing to forgive — Clinton still survives, the "Big Dog," emphasis on dog, too big to kill, and Republicans have forgiven even David Vitter for his love of prostitutes. God Himself has forgiven Newt Gingrich, says Newt Gingrich. After we destroy, we are downright smug in our forgiveness and quickly proceed to clucking over how cruel we have been, how silly it all is. They have been punished enough, we say — it was a psychological weakness, a momentary fall from grace.

But there was never anything to forgive, for this immature and prim purification ritual is the only unforgivable thing.

I want to suggest that sex, be it adulterous or premarital or deviant or polyamorous, is a good thing, not a bad thing, and that sex itself is the moment of grace. And that our sterile idea of perfection is the actual sin. To start with the subject on the table, adultery is a brave rebellion against the invisible prison we build for ourselves. When the sad little man Larry Craig widened his stance in that airport bathroom, it was probably the most honest and courageous act of his life. When Clinton got that blowjob in the White House, he wasn't indulging a weakness (and an eager intern) but enacting the hero's journey of reconciling inner and outer, risking all to break through the wall of hypocritical purity he had spent years building and projecting to the world in the effort to get elected. By risking martyrdom, in fact, he lifted himself up into an exaltation we still refuse to understand. He was the Martyred Jesus of Oral Sex with Interns and all we see is a mean little sin, as all the sexual deviates pretending to be puritans gathered around in an orgy of denunciation and scandal. In our condemnation, we focus on the supposedly broken vows and the supposed pain of his wife when in fact we know nothing of his wife's true feelings or her knowledge and tolerance of his "frisky" side (frisky being one of the endless array of demeaning expressions we use as invisible prison bars, along with dog and pig and you only want one thing). We never consider that our reaction is the punishment and the meanness is all in our eyes. Every single time we play out this ritual, we replay the Old Testament rite in which the pious transferred their sins to goats, which were then driven into the wilderness, just as we drive David Petraeus and a parade of other scapegoats out the gates of our smug little village of lies in the hope that we can put the "sin" outside the gate — when it is, of course, always inside. That's what happens when you put up gates........

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Murphy,   What a diversion.  

Murphy,   What a diversion.   Ok, I'll play but I'd better walk a very delicate path.  I'll take 57's route of asking questions and posing no answers.

Assuming the guy is right for a moment and virtue is going at it with two sheep with clamps and whips and living up to it.  no judgment here as long as they ain't my sheep. 

I wonder if the writer thinks that Clinton lying to the world about it was part of the Hero's Journey?  Or did he fall short of hypocritical purity?    I also wonder what Jiang Zemin was thinking when he sat across from Bill Clinton talking about missiles?  Did he say to himself , ok you lied to your wife, you lied to your country, what are you lying to me about?  Is it   one thing to go through the hero's journey when you make the donuts, but wonder if the same standard of ethics (pertaining to telling the truth) should be considered for the guy that leads the most powerful military in the world??

I also wonder if the author presented the modest proposal to his wife?  Now that would be a hero.

For the record.   I did inhale and I held it in as long as I possibly could...(cough, cough, cough) and I liked it.

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Excalibur.  Can't view the video because I'm an American.   It's the second time it happened to me on youtube.  The first time yesterday.   I couldn't view a piece of music because of copyright laws in the US.   How do I get my computer to tell the world that I live in Haiti?

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GL

I have only one response to actually a non-question from you.

I don't think it's right for you to try to control your sheep like that.

For the record, I do think his observation of the Tiger Woods scandal is right on. From a Master of the Universe to a lowly scum. He was actually both of those people all the time.

Another question for you.

What is the difference between Notre Dame & Alabama?

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GL-hide ip address for music

https://www.torproject.org/projects/vidalia.html.en

Give this a go, I think you will find it helpful

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Forty Six & 2

Kicking the juke...

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@Murphy   I agree with that

@Murphy   I agree with that point and the idea that each of us has a shadow.    And projecting our shame onto famous people is bullshit.   What I think he gets wrong is that he says that the shadow is our nature and we should act on it so not to be hypocrites because that is our nature.   That would apply to alot more things than sex.    I have the impulse to turn the steering wheel onto oncoming traffic.  I think Seinfeld did a show on that.   Of course, I don't.   It's just improper use of the imagination.  Acting our our shadow side has repercussions and that's without morality judgements because my morality is different from others and once I impose my morality on somebody else than it becomes dogma.  So I don't do that.  But I don't think it's fine for 50 year old men to act out their impulses on little girls.     So I think he needs to tweek his understanding of the shadow.   

I also don't think it's cool for 20 year old brazilian boys to squat in vacant houses in Boca Raton even if they are owned by a big band bank.    I tried to look for the history of that law and other squatters rights.    I was hoping California Lawyer would comment on that.   How weird laws like that come about interests me.  

@Silver66 Gonna give that a look tomorrow looks a  little technical for me right now.   I guess that hides my IP address.   That sounds like a good thing well beyond watching youtube video's that are blocked in the USA.

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Nine Inch Nails - Hurt

My sweetest friend...

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Top shelf...

Is anyone thirsty out there?   I thought so...

Me too...Tanqueray and cranberry juice in progress on this end.

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it crossed my mind too

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Good morning...Breakfast in America

Even in the Quietest Moments ...

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"Into every life...

...a little rain must fall. "

Although painful at times, that rain provides nourishment for future growth.

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Stay strong my friends.

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GL  try 

GL  try  https://proxtube.com/     this should give your viewing Freedom back.smiley

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Breakfast in America??

Thought you would have some Supertramp after that title...

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So much for the Galaxy

Well, I returned the 7 inch Galaxy tablet and picked up an ASUS Vivo Windows RT.

Deep discount at Best Buy.  This one stands a chance of becoming a personal device.

One thing I'm very much enjoying is the speech recognition.  I can now see how it is

that Mr. Fix "writes" the way he does.  This is fun!  The tablet certainly listens better than I do!

I don't need no stinkin keyboard!  [it was fun training the computer to leave the G off stinkin] he he

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How this?

Talk about topics at the Speak coinciding. Rickards tweeting about Chuck Leavell

https://mobile.twitter.com/JamesGRickards/status/295266085157093376

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Fine

I'll put more ice in my vodka.

Great line from Keith Richards. 

Murphy, I didn't know about that forum.  Thanks.

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