Sex Part 1 of 3: What is it?!

Why does fondue seem like an excellent conversation starter about sex? Don’t answer that lol

Define sex in 5 words- Onetwothree GO!

Here is mine: physically and emotionally tangled intimacy.

Make of it what you will, but this is the Merriam-Webster definition of sex (even on the dictionary website, there’s a cheeky note that asserts that in terms of popularity, “sex” is in the top 1% of lookups):

  1. “either of the two major forms of individuals that occur in many species and that are distinguished respectively as female or male especially on the basis of their reproductive organs and structures
  2.   the sum of the structural, functional, and behavioral characteristics of organisms that are involved in reproduction marked by the union of gametes and that distinguish males and females
  3. sexually motivated phenomena or behavior
  4. genitalia”1

Uh, and one of their examples utilizing the word sex in a sentence…I kid you not: “How do you tell the sex of a hamster?” Which makes me go “How DO you tell the sex of a hamster..besides peaking in their crotch area? I dare not google that lol”

Here are some quotes to wet your tongue:

“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.” – Oscar Wilde

“Love is blind, they say; sex is impervious to reason and mocks the power of all philosophers. But, in fact, a person’s sexual choice is the result and sum of their fundamental convictions. Tell me what a person finds sexually attractive and I will tell you their entire philosophy of life. Show me the person they sleep with and I will tell you their valuation of themselves. No matter what corruption they’re taught about the virtue of selflessness, sex is the most profoundly selfish of all acts, an act which they cannot perform for any motive but their own enjoyment – just try to think of performing it in a spirit of selfless charity! – an act which is not possible in self-abasement, only in self-exultation, only on the confidence of being desired and being worthy of desire. It is an act that forces them to stand naked in spirit, as well as in body, and accept their real ego as their standard of value. They will always be attracted to the person who reflects their deepest vision of themselves, the person whose surrender permits them to experience – or to fake – a sense of self-esteem .. Love is our response to our highest values – and can be nothing else.” – Ayn Rand (female novelist and philosopher)

“Anyone who is observant, who discovers the person they have always dreamed of, knows that sexual energy comes into play before sex even takes place. The greatest pleasure isn’t sex, but the passion with which it is practiced. When the passion is intense, then sex joins in to complete the dance, but it is never the principal aim.” – Paulo Coelho

“Sex is an emotion in motion.” – Mae West

“Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Someone told me the delightful story of the crusader who put a chastity belt on his wife and gave the key to his best friend for safekeeping, in case of his death. He had ridden only a few miles away when his friend, riding hard, caught up with him, saying ‘You gave me the wrong key!” – Anais Nin (female French novelist)

“Hate to sound sleazy,
but tease me,
I don’t want it if it’s that easy” – Tupac Shakur

“Clinton lied. A man might forget where he parks or where he lives, but he never forgets oral sex, no matter how bad it is.” – Barbara Bush (You’ve got a point there, Barb.)

“So she thoroughly taught him that one cannot take pleasure without giving pleasure, and that every gesture, every caress, every touch, every glance, every last bit of the body has its secret, which brings happiness to the person who knows how to wake it. She taught him that after a celebration of love the lovers should not part without admiring each other, without being conquered or having conquered, so that neither is bleak or glutted or has the bad feeling of being used or misused.” – Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

“Big breasts, big ass, big deal. Can’t I be anything else?” – Marilyn Monroe

“If one wanted to depict the whole thing graphically, every episode, with its climax, would require a three-dimensional, or, rather, no model: every experience is unrepeatable. What makes lovemaking and reading resemble each other most is that within both of them times and spaces open, different from measurable time and space.” – Italo Calvino, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler

Bonus because Oscar Wilde is brilliant: “I have no objection to anyone’s sex life as long as they don’t practice it in the street and frighten the horses.”

1; accessed Wednesday, March 28, 2017.


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