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Article: Passable Sex

Article by Gustáv Murín (Slovakia)

Published in The Ofi Press issue 36.

 

PASSABLE SEX FOR THE THIRD MILLENIUM?

 

   Andy Warhol when asked about love and sex said: “The most exciting thing is not doing it”. Seemingly, ex-President Bill Clinton didn’t hear this wise advice, but he is definitely not the only one running occasionally into trouble because of the shifting barriers between our cultural limits and biological instincts. But what future prognosis can we learn from the current position of sex in our culture and society?

   If we accept that we in literature are already deeply in the post-modern period, and that in the social sciences we recognize even a post-feminist era, isn’t that over-typed Clinton-Lewinsky affair an example of the post-sexual revolution age?

  In the fifties, humankind learned to have sex without children. In the seventies, people began to learn to have children without sex. Our times indicate, that soon we will get used to sex without a partner.

 

THE EYES SAY  ”YES, BUT...”

  We live in a peculiar time. We are surrounded by erotic challenges, but the majority of the population has no time even to sigh for sexual adventures. It is no wonder then that when  British women-mothers were asked about their preferences to relieve stress, 60 per cent put a hot bath in the first place, while one out of four said a drink is the best cure, and sex ranked surprisingly third. Exhaustion of potential sexual partners caused by the every-day marathon of tasks is evident.  Already in 1991 The British Daily Mail published an article under the headline “Women at War”. The article was illustrated with two controversial photos of the same young woman. In one of the photos, she was in the role of a “career girl”, in the other; she was portrayed in the traditional female role of homemaker. Nowadays, the first girl apparently prevails. The fact that she has no time to bear and bring up children could have been expected. Statistical figures in the above mentioned article show that four-out-of-five educated working women aged from 18 to 24 say they refuse to bear the responsibility for a family.

  The sexual revolution of the 60‘s eradicated the first taboo of human culture, made nakedness a common-place, and turned the mystery of sex into a commercial that fills shops. Subsequently, feminists began an assault to free women off the burden of their traditional role, Betty Friedan says. But before the envisioned ideal could be reached, a problem appeared how to combine a professional career with the fact, that even Friedan admitted that  “women are humans that give birth to children”. She didn’t know that Marxism already fulfilled feminists dreams and “freed women” during the communists era in East Europe and Asia to their sorrow. No wonder that in fact feminists are followers of Marxism, adopting  communists vocabulary like a term matriarchate popularized successfully first by Engels, the ideological twin of Karl Marx. Of course feminist never studies practical outcomes of such a ideals and thus do not know that it created a schizophrenic dilemma how to catch the day in the same time in role of career woman and in the same time as a homecare mother. Communists attempted to turn family into another version of assembly line with special professionals (from baby nurses to a cleaning ladies at call of social service) to help to maintain it. This all failed.

  The same limit were reached in USA. For example, drug abuse among children rises with decreasing time they spend under their parents’ watchful sight. This makes latch-key kids high-ranking candidates for narcotics use. A woman struggling for a career and at the same time, for a harmonious home, is subject to an inevitable series of problems. Along with her ever over-exhausted husband, she too became harnessed by that man-propelled mill of accelerating human civilization. Will these two ever find the time and the power to adorn with a truly genuine sexual act of their cohabitation, which was established so long ago by the mythical prototype for human couples, Adam and Eve?

 

THE ILLUSION OF MARVELOUS SEX

  This is not a task to be neglected. Indeed it concerns a vast portion of society, or that part which is characterized by a cohabiting couple, economic activity, and child-rearing. Take for example, a standard couple (Adam and Eve of the year 2014) and let them run through their week of work duties and family stress; the desired moment finally arrives for them to meet in bed. However, here the next hurdle called “successful life” awaits. The information boom has done its job. Nowadays, couples making love are subject to a demand for a race of orgasms accompanied by complicated sexual gymnastics. The higher education of women understandingly increases their requirements for sexual satisfaction. On the other hand,  “many women want nothing else in bed but close their eyes and be served”, as one man complained in a recent opinion poll. A husband in this type of relationship gets unintentionally assumes the role of “sexual maintenance worker”. Even if this were not the case, the man’s responsibility for a woman’s satisfaction in intercourse has risen exceedingly. Consequently, the number of unsatisfied women increased by those who are for various reasons naturally anorgasmic, but read an absurd feminist hand-books of type like “Orgasm is in your hand”. By the way, an educational level of feminists about sex is lower than for teenage girls whispering about it at toilet during their first time to learn to smoke.

  Cynthia and Samuel Janusov based their “A Report on Sexual Behavior”, a 430 page book, on eight thousand forms filled out by American men and women. As much as 30 per cent of the respondents stated that they have no objections to watching porno-films with their partner. However, this congenial diversion unconsciously creates a need to imitate and compete. Who are the ones with whom we want a regular orgasmic competition? If Jurika, a Belgian veteran porno-star, in an interview for POPO magazine declares that she really feels everything that is in the movie, we may believe her. Nevertheless, in the same interview, we find that between foreplay and the actual sexual act, she leaves for a coffee break. The German veteran porn-star, a Polish immigrant Teresa Orlowski (bust volume well over 100 cm, due to mama-plastic surgery) is more sincere. She says:  “It is a truly hard work... It is not only sex, a lot of distress is involved. Believe me, being an actress in porno films is more demanding than especially women think....” The truth is that when two (or more) play a role, even though not a theater role this time, they are subject to the rules of a dramatic performance. It is a tiny step from performing to pretending. A sexual act, which is rehearsed at first, then filmed, and later skillfully edited for the final version has very little in common with genuine sexual intercourse. Needless to say, we are all different, and in the course of normal coitus, everyone faces the dangers of failure, pain, illness, unwanted pregnancy, even disappointment. When Karel Čapek, the famous classic Czech novelist wrote that pornography is immoral, he did not have in mind the fact that it is displays human nakedness, but that it hides the complexity and fragility of erotic behavior. The role of a sexual hunter might be challenging. On the other hand, a survey of 18,876 men and women in Great Britain discloses that 13.7% of men who had more than five female partners in the past five years had to seek medical assistance,  compared to 0.7% of those men who are contented with just one partner. Even if the loving couple can successfully avoid all this, the subconscious and ever reappearing comparison still persists. The final result resembles a race between a male gazelle and a jeep, which added ironical spirit to a commentary in one of those films about African nature. Yes, it is true. Technology (video, in this case) will defeat every animal. Also a human.

  It is time to quote again my favorite American artist of a Slovak origin, Andy Warhol: “Sex is more exciting on the screen and between the pages than between the sheets.”

 

marriage tOO lOng?

 The cohabitation of couples passed through a truly dramatic development in the course of 20-th century. The time that elapsed between  “the bond what God joined let no man sunder” to mass divorce was too short. Nevertheless, it gives us an opportunity to ask why the human couple emerged in evolution. Why did, the human species convert from a herd copulation of the type “everyone with everyone” to a strictly isolated human couple? This was evidently due more to biological reasons, rather than social. The human baby under the dramatic evolution of brain capacity (enabled by so-called neoteny described for human evolution by Adolf Portmann) became ever more fragile, when its maturing is prolonged to a length of time unseen in other species. Even after that, parent´s supervision over their off-springs is not completely interrupted. This human being inevitably needs concentrated care; even a parent couple selfishly attached to him. In the stone-age in herd he or she would never get this sort of attention. However, parent-couple´s scheme could work safely at the times of William Shakespeare, when life expectancy of his nearest family and himself was 36.3 years. But how can a delicate construction of couple cohabitation persist if life expectancy in his homeland is in 2014 more than twice as high as that of Shakespeare's family, approaching 80.42 years? In the same year, the highest anticipated life expectancy was (according CIA The World Factbook that is far better arranged that the one of The World Bank) for a big country with the highest in Japan (84.46 years) with extremes in small countries like Monaco, 89.57 years! There can be no doubt that these facts bring a major revision in the meaning and duration of the human couple cohabitation. In the light of these developments, the words of M. Scott Peck, author of the bestselling The Unexplored Way, gain a completely new tone:

  “One of the most widespread myths is that we should be entirely happy with one man or one woman, that one man or one woman should give us the sense of life, and that fidelity should not be a problem... This is nonsense.”

  This is particularly true of couples in United States. “Sexual boredom is most pandemic dysfunction in this country,” says for The New York Times Magazine Judith Seifer, a sex-therapist and advice columnist.

  It seems that even without Dr. Peck's advice American men and women were at the past looking for ways to escape, at least for a moment, the above mentioned boredom in “lifetime marriage”. Sexual investigations as early as 1975 confirmed that only 48 per cent put their permanent partner on the first place as a lover. According to the already mentioned Cynthia and Samuel Janusov report a temporary fear of the AIDS pandemic of the early 90’s gained back 87 per cent of those who preferred their permanent partners. This led authors of the report to state that the “incidental love affair is now out of fashion”. Nevertheless, AIDS is no longer in the headlines, and the passion for adultery seems to be back. Or better said – adultery was probably never out of fashion, although certainly there have been periods in the recent past where it was out of a fashion to confess it even anonymously.

 

THE EFFECT OF BABYLON

  It seems that we already had forgotten of fear caused by a pandemic of HIV. Still, according to the official WHO figures and very moderate predictions of a total of 35.3 million HIV positive adults and 3.34 million children are still affected. With 95% new infections occurring these days in Sub-Sahara Africa it seems that this plague come back to its original source and we in highly developed countries are out of this threat.

  However, there is still one exception – Ukraine. The only country in the world where HIV infection followed by deadly AIDS disease is rising so dramatically that according to the chief-doctor in largest hospital of the capital city Kiev, Svjetlana Antonjak, people that can fill one complete football team are dying there daily. This quotation is from February 2012 and under the actual political struggle it will not be better. Thousands of HIV positive Ukraine children are surviving in special health-care centers through the country. In contrast to that, Slovakia as neighboring country never experienced HIV pandemic in other form than just an episode with an incidence counting some tens infected individuals per year out of 5.5 million of inhabitants. Good question is if it is because we have here other sexual habits, but I personally have doubts about it.

  However, nobody is safe when globalization means also the disappearance of borders. The rise in worldwide “sex tourism” is an example. The paradox of our time is that for Europeans, there is no great need to travel far for exotic sex. Among 197 prostitutes in the Graz Municipal Venereal Disease Clinic in Austria was in 1992 unintentionally disclosed that only 96 were Austrians. Another 55 prostitutes had come from Santo Domingo, 22 from Thailand, nine from Yugoslavia, and the remaining 15 from other countries. The BBC has reported several times on the “sex industry” in the Philippines and Thailand with the estimated 1.5 million HIV positive people in Thailand due to sex tourism. Some sex tourism fans naively believe that sex with children (which is also offered there) will protect them against the HIV virus. However, this is no longer the case with exotic countries only. For example, in the early 90’s, the number of HIV-positive children among 13 to 19 year old in Washington increased by 500 per cent.

  Having all this in mind, and overhead, the evident psychological and physical strain of a standard human couple that is latently threatening to destruct their sexual life, the concept of sex abstinence appears a feasible solution. However, I sincerely doubt, that majority of the population would be capable of following the example of Mahatma Ghandi. After three unsuccessful attempts shortly after the wedding he adopted a voluntary promise of purity and did not bother himself with sex any more. However, the sexual instinct is still, despite everything, very strong in us. Kinsey with his team detected a positive masturbation anamnesis in 92 per cent of the male population...

 

An Amateur Revolution

  This revolution was predicted already in 1990 by a famous American futurologist Alvin Toffler in his book Powershift. It describes a shift of power of knowledge and skillfulness of a few professionals to the mass of amateurs. And it already, quietly and almost unseeingly, happened; of course, not in very specific professions, but in sex? Why to look at the artificial performance, asdescribed above, when we can make it by ourselves with an amateurish enthusiasm? First the amateurs porn-photos published in specialized magazines and then home-videos flooded a porn market to that extension that most professionals are out of business now. Only at one Czech web-page of this kind are more than 30 000 porn-videos to be seen for free.

  And with new iPads, iPhones and mobiles generally practically everyone can be porn-star for its own satisfaction and truly there are hundreds of thousands records of the sex made by amateurs themselves.

  Well, and with Facebook some become a truly porn-stars without their will.

 

ATTRACTED BY AN UNREAL IMAGE?

  With developing visual technologies our idol of beauty has changed dramatically. The natural beauty is no longer “in”, it is replaced by “photogenic beauty”. What does it mean? It means that big billboards, TV ads and picture magazines are followed by images good for camera. And camera needs sharp contours, attractive and provocative curves, simply a big grimaces remaining us a necessity of a big gestures at theatre scenes. The result is beautiful at technically delivered media, why their original samples obviously lack a harmony of a natural beauty. With some girl-champions of a famous Elite Model Look competition, you would hardly recognize on the street or in subway if they are not laboriously masked to be attractive.

 A typical example was Lolo Ferrari with her enormous “bumpers” of 130 cm volume what was welcomed for photos but not for a normal life. That of her ended after 18th operations in age 30 for overdose from pills against the pain. Constant pain is a daily experience for every better build woman from a weight of her breasts. The popularity of a plastic surgery of breasts leads not only to the mass-production but also to the further extremes led by Pandora Peaks from an exclusive London club Caspers with volume of 172 cm up to absurd figure that was broader in chest than high: Crystal Storm of California with 256 cm over her breast compared with her 163 cm high.

  Sex-symbols created by business of sex attractiveness becomes almost virtual. Those first ones like Hollywood super-stars Rodolfo Valentino and Marilyn Monroe provoked many sexual dreams but their own life becomes nightmares. They cannot survive their own image and died very soon under a heavy weight of their own unreal images.

 

SUBSTITUTE SEX?

  Babies prefer milk from the bottle to mother’s milk from the breast these days. It’s much easier from the bottle. For the mother too, it is easier to buy a warmer with a thermostat, thus creating the illusion of the warmth of mother’s milk. For significant amount of spectators, a football game on TV is much more attractive, comfortable, safer, cheaper, and they even see a lot more than if they stood in an x-th row on the stadium. If these principles apply to our civilization in general, why should they not also apply to sex? Are we threatened with substitute sexuality?

  The Starr Report (which Rebecca Johnson, a contributing editor at Vogue, described in The New York Times Magazine as valuable for the present American public as the Kinsey reports in 1940’s and Masters and Johnson in the 1960’s) is in fact all about substitute sex. The only problem of the two protagonists there is that their sex was not substitutional enough.

  Sex, meanwhile, has become a product on the market, and as such it is subject to the rules of mass consumption. It is remarkable that, in general, the sexual revolution endowed the sexual market with an explosion of sex-substitutional services. The erotic service industry is switching to the sphere of untouching sexual contacts. Massive offers of services directed exclusively at voyeurism and masturbation have emerged – a phenomenon unseen up to that time. Currently, men are offered – besides the obligatory striptease – porn-video booths, peep shows and live shows, with three contemporary novelties for auto-erotic satisfaction: the so-called massage parlors offering hand-jobs, rubber dolls, and phone sex. Even ex-President Clinton discovered the attractiveness of phone sex. Communication by phone (with an anonymous person as a therapeutic technique to overcome frustration and loneliness) was first recommended years ago by the Russian psychiatrist Vladimir Levi in his book The Art of Dealing with People. He wrote: “Why not use the virtually divine opportunity to set off into the world without actually leaving home. You are invisible, and you are holding a shield in front of yourself. You may cut off the communication at any time....”  And newly emerging “hot phone” and “chat” services on the Internet indicate that we do want to be invisible and hold a shield in front of us. Even in sex...

  Women have not been forgotten by these new services. This includes male striptease and porn-magazines for women. And according the reportage of Katie Monagle in magazine Mademoiselle ”feminist-friendly sex stores” created a network already in 1995. In first one in New York, the ”Eve´s Garden”, dildos were top-seller. And from these it is just a small step to the most revolutionary worth the HI-TECH civilization – the vibrator. Saying that the vibrator gives women freedom sounds like a cliché. However, the truth is probably that it fulfills women´s erotic dreams more instantly and efficiently than anything before. Older practices (developed for example in women's jails with an empty mustard bottle, or a broom handle) are like dinosaur eggs compared to the space technology of the vibrators – the choice of sizes, the color fluorescent models, up to special effects, such as the simulated ejection of semen. Significant is the statement by Dr. D. C. Renshaw that  “A vibrator stimulates much more than what can be achieved by hand, oral stimulation, or through intercourse. For some women, this may mean an orgasmic breakthrough.” The personal testimonies of some women, as well as statistics, confirm this observation. Betty Dodson, a prominent sexologist, has reported that “a couple of times, I was not far from falling in love with my vibrator”. This is not hard to understand if we take the example of one of her patients, who had the first really intense orgasm of her life with a vibrator. Dodson reckons that this woman will for perhaps months, or even years only reach an orgasm in this way, but  “this is not as bad as the fact that she would never have had it.” Elsewhere, Dodson discusses a married woman who had her first orgasm at the age of 48. She touched her clitoris with her new vibrator, and after two hours exploded with a climax so powerful that she almost fell off the bed, and she weighed more than 120 kilos... ”Neither she, nor her husband, were ever quite as lavish as the vibrator,” concluded Dodson. The Annual Statistics of Sexual Behavior, based on the response of 720 college and university-educated American women, reports that ”…a repeated orgasm was experienced in 47.8 per cent cases by stimulation. In the majority of occurrences (26.3 per cent) by masturbation, and 18.3 per cent by a partner’s contact with the genitals”. Humankind has known masturbation for thousands of years, but the vibrator has changed it from a laborious hiking tour into a pleasant drive in a shiny limousine. The objection that it is just an impersonal piece of plastic can be partly eradicated by attempts to form the sizes of vibrators similar to the instruments of well-known male porn-stars.  The German author, Gert Heidenreich, in the first story of his collection of stories, “Der Geliebte des dritten Tages” (DVA, Stuttgart, 1997) envisages husbands ordering wooden moulds made of their penises so as to be at least partly “present” in their marriage bed during long  business trips.

 

THE NEXT STEP – INSTANT SEX?

  Because the rising demand for these fashionable commodities, we may expect, sooner or later, a race for the artificial orgasm. The aim will be to reach a standard orgasm by technical means. This is only seemingly impossible. There is one not commonly known feature. The human brain contains an organ for the perception and appreciation of pleasure – nucleus accumbens. The Czech psychiatrist Prof. Vondrácek in his book, Behavior and Its Failures discusses experiments uncovering the sources of erotic stimulation in brain: “When the electrode touches the septum, the animal begins to auto-stimulate until complete exhaustion, 2 000 times an hour, over 24 hours. Auto-stimulation is a greater reward than food... Experiments with auto-stimulation were also made on humans, in connection with brain surgery (predominantly in cases of the Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, but also tumors).”

  This may not seem very appealing at first glance, but if we allow ourselves to embark upon a little science-fiction journey, we can come closer to the possibility of a remote-control climax. All we need is a vibrator, a chemical stimulant (perhaps a light drug), and a dose of course Virtual Reality to create the adequate, ideal partner... Does this remind you too much of “space sex” as suggested by Jane Fonda in her memorable role as an intergalactic vixen in the 60´s film, Barbarella? If you remember well, she had genuinely safe sex (together with a refreshing portion of humor) with a quite agreeable partner. Similar scenes were offered in movies “Brave New World” and “Cocoon”.  Is it too much fantasy? “Journey to the Moon”, written in 1865 by Jules Verne, was also originally just a harmless sci-fi. If we so easily gave up the traditional ritual procedure of making coffee, which indisputably produces better taste, for the speed and convenience of making instant coffee, what will prevent us from a gulpy consumption of the above mentioned “instant sex”? Do not forget – a novelty for men, vibrating and pneumatic vaginas, are already at the market...

  Current attempts to offer to a female customers a “Pink Viagra”, this one with guarantee of standard orgasms seems to fulfill soon above mentioned ideas. If we assumed that the vibrator is not only safe but hygienic and always on hand without any of those annoying features of real males (snoring after intercourse during the night, for example), we may expect this will very much fitting to feminist aim of self-sufficiency in sex. But men in high-ranking positions will also welcome similar kind of novelty for them for very practical reasons. A “virtual woman” will have at least some of the same advantages.  First, she will not demand to arrange another job for her in reward for her intimate oral performances; also, the artificial woman of the future will sure be not to write letters that might be later published in newspaper  to discredit those “whom it may concern”...

 

ALONE  TOGETHER?

  After all these findings it is clear that creating high-tech affected ourselves deeper and in an aspects of our lives that was not expected. Saint-Exupéry wrote once: “Human – it means relationships”. And how are our relationships maintained nowadays – virtually!

  It is a common practice that we are communicating with people not only far away from us, but also those never seen and known personally. I am speaking about a relatively new fashion of acquaintance web-pages.

  The problem is that all these social networks available by internet are making our communication, and subsequently relationship, superficial. There is no place for a nuances and color of the voice indicating our emotions. “I am deeply superficial person,” said already quoted Warhol. Being followed by many these days. Although according the Bible the simply, unknowledgeable people should be happy always, the virtual contact use to fail. Face to face meeting after a long satisfactory conversation via Internet may be a shock, People use to lay over the net. But even a new generation is losing social skillfulness. It sound like anecdote, but this story really happened: Gymnasts on the school trip by train. All youngsters packed voluntarily in one coupe are chatting except two in another coupe, him and her, behind closed curtains at the doors. Well, time to act for pedagogues. What they found? Girls and boy sitting silently aside and passionately playing some common game by their mobile…

  Not only one times happened that two who fallen in love by Internet found out that their love or at least a friendship would be more satisfactory if not seeing each other. In a society that is so much focus at a social success is in the other hand terrible to fail. In relationships maintained anonymously by technological channels you may never really fail…

  Everything that we have said up to now does not necessarily mean that the institution of the human couple will to vanish. Only the character of it will change. In these days the term “social parenthood” is increasingly used instead of the original term; “biological parenthood”. This is based on the hypothesis that new reproduction techniques have a tendency to eliminate the natural sex-roles of a man and a woman. We already know something about the loss of the biological role of the father due to artificial insemination, which may become massively used in the future for variety of reasons. Some authors even speak about a complete change of the role of women too. Thanks to the future technology of an artificial uterus, women may not have to bear children at all. Perhaps this vision is a very distant one, but today, social parenthood is already a fact. What other name can one give to lesbian couples (like Oscar laureate actress Jodie Foster and her partner Sydney Bertrand or Elton John with his partner) who legally raise a “test tube baby” to bypass Nature for completing an incomplete family?

 Today no one doubts that the future belongs to “the information society”. The sexual revolution is associated with this concept as an explosion of sexual symbols and ever more provoking sexual challenges. During our everyday professional and family routines, we are unable to respond appropriately to these new challenges. The disproportion between theoretical, verbal, virtual and practical sexuality is steadily widening. Emancipation has bound women to an endless man-propelled mill of accelerating human civilization. We are confronted with the hard reality of time and psychological stress. Temptation switches to the sphere of intimate technology...

 

PEOPLE OF THE FUTURE – ADAM & EVE FOR THIRD MILLENIUM

  The hypothetical sex-act of the future may have other practical advantages over classic human intercourse. It saves time and energy, and should not be a threat to health; in fact, it will almost certainly be delivered with a guarantee from the “manufacturer”... But above all, human beings the future are bound to be more practical and pragmatic. It is assumed that in developed countries in near future will be more 65-year-old people than 15 year old. The significant switch of the demographic curve towards the elder, even pensioner, age groups seems very likely. Let as suppose that in this time the “career girl” will be the prevailing model of a woman... Their personal ambitions nowadays do not totally eradicate their desire to give birth to a child. However, they often delay this to an age when, from the biological point of view, it is too late to have a child. Nevertheless, advanced modes of hormone therapy are already capable of condition the uterus of an 60-year-old woman like of an 16-year-old. Bearing a child at a hazardously old age has become so widespread that People magazine dedicated detailed analysis to this phenomenon, examining  several child-births among mothers over their 40’s. This is undoubtedly an interesting topic, but we are more curious about one often-neglected “side-effect”. Healthy born children of old parents are often extremely intelligent, occasionally even geniuses (for example the Nobel Prize Laureate Konrad Lorenz).  Families with only one child have become general trend anyway, even with normal pregnancies and not only in developed countries. In China birth-control laws have limited the growth of the population to hundreds of thousands of single children. No one doubts their highly developed inherent consciousness of being exceptional, egoistic. Notwithstanding the inevitable portion of simplification, in the future, population waves may expect a significant share, or even prevalence, of highly intelligent, but hypersensitive and emotionally unstable egoists. With all this in mind, it is worth to quoting from an essay by J. Kott, A Short Report on Erotism, published in the Czech and Slovak edition of Lettre Internationale: “...during masturbation, the partner is the product of one’s own sexual ego...” Draw your own conclusions.

  Imagine that in England they have already for hundreds of years saying: “Even not very good sex is still passable sex…” What would the anonymous authors of it say now?

 

ASEXUAL OR A SEXUAL SOCIETY?

  Already in 1990 the magazine Cosmopolitan published an article Marriage without Sex, where it point out married couples that voluntarily decided on partial, and in some cases, complete sexual abstinence. Reasons for this are diverse, predominantly sexual over-saturation, however, rejection among the higher educated couples of aggressive propagation of sex, that appeared after the sexual revolution, is also a common. A play performed in Paris that time portrayed two lovers, who had

decided to live together, but in separate flats, also caused some agitation.

  Everything we were describing in our dystopy until now is directed at one point. The human couple cohabitation will probably survive. However, sex with a partner appears on the black-list of the threatened human activities.  If every misfortune seems to have a good side, it is very probable that at least the politics after Clinton Era will certainly welcome this new version of their adventures.

Just like once in Paradise, when Adam and Eve did not know what sin was....

 

Written and actualized by Gustáv Murín

Translation Peter Duba, edited by Jerry Weir and Tom Reynolds