Eating is first and foremost for nutrition. However, eating is also pleasurable. Eating is also for conviviality. We share food with others and so we share life with others.
If everyone deliberately rejected the nutritional aspect of eating what would happen?
Let’s imagine that people enjoyed a huge meal and simply gorged themselves.They just kept on eating and eating not for the nutrition, but for the comfort. Furthermore, they ate junk food because the chemicals gave them a bigger rush and a happier mood.
Or let’s suppose that some people deliberately avoided the nutritional aspect of food and after they ate they purged themselves and vomited it all back up again.
We would say people like this had an eating disorder. We would say they needed help to get healthy again. For whatever reason, they forgot that food was supposed to make you happy, healthy and fit. Instead food for them had become a drug or a drag. They came to either love food for the wrong reason (it made them feel comforted and happy) or they hated it for the wrong reason (it made them feel unhappy and sad)
This is where our society is with sex. As food is primarily for nutrition, so sex is primarily for procreation.
But like people with an eating disorder we have, for fifty years, on a societal level, deliberately eliminated the procreative aspect of sex.
As a result we are terribly confused about what sex is and what it is for. To put it bluntly, because of artificial contraception we have become a masturbatory society. Masturbation is the selfish enjoyment of sexual pleasure separated from both the procreative and unitive aspect of sex. Without the possibility of conception the sexual act becomes no more than mutual masturbation.
When we neglect what food is for we develop confusion and fear about food. Food is abused and we get sick.
Likewise, when we neglect what sex is for we develop confusion and fear about sex. Sex is abused and we get sick.
It doesn’t take too much thought to connect the dots. If sex is not about making babies, then what is a man and what is a woman? If sex has nothing to do with being Mommies and Daddies, then what is a man and what is a woman? Continue Reading
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