ColumnIs a sexual revolution in the air?
Perhaps it’s the birds singing, the blossoms exploding into orgies of color, and the annual shedding and storing of our winter wardrobe. But this spring there’s something different – are you feeling an extra edge of rebellion and resistance? Whether it’s the potential for an American Spring or just a longing in your body – this palpable, transformational energy is everywhere. And you definitely want to tap that.
Evidence of an emerging paradigm shift can be found as close as your Facebook feed. Your friends may have recently posted articles about feminist porn, the end of traditional marriage, tantra, orgasmic meditation, sex toys, the end of gender binaries, polyamory and so on. Think back to just two years ago – was any of this stuff on your radar? The mainstreaming of BDSM via the virality of “Fifty Shades of Grey” was a big turning point, but without decades of work from the LGBTQ community, none of the above would’ve hit your social media feeds. (If your sex life has gotten more exciting, no matter what your orientation – thank the queers.)
So it seems like we’re heading in the right direction. The millenials will see to that, with their amazing tolerance and openness to all things fluid. But a real and lasting revolution out there in the world requires a deep and authentic inner revolution for all of us – even those of us born prior to 1990. Are you willing to go there?
I began writing about sex because for me, sexuality is a catalyst – perhaps the best place to start a conversation about changing the world. Sexual repression and shaming has been the number one tool in the oppressor’s toolbox since time immemorial. Once desire was identified as a human trait, the manufacturing of the shame industrial complex was almost inevitable. Taking something natural and ubiquitous, putting it in a box and saying, “Don’t touch that!” will do two things. First, it will make people want the secret things in the box even more. Second, it will make them deeply ashamed of reaching for said box. This is the divide-and-conquer modus operandi of sexual repression. We have been successfully internalizing this method for thousands of years. Perhaps we can stop now?
Your fantasies tow the blurred lines between what gives you the most pleasure and what scares the hell out of you. There’s a reason that balance is so delicate and fraught. And that’s precisely the material you need to probe if you want to create your own personal sexual revolution. First, ask yourself these questions: In this sexual revolution, do you want to come to the protest march and hang out on the fringes with a tepid sign, or do you want to lead the parade? Probably something right in the middle – you support the cause but you’re not necessarily going to become one of the leading activists in the movement.
Inner revolution will mean different things to different people, but most will have to start at the same place: exploring your shadow side. I absolutely embrace the brilliant sex-positive landscape out there in the new world we’re building online and off. However, it concerns me that for some, this embrace will be superficial. So there will be all of the sex, but none of the inner revolution. Awareness of one’s deep sexual nature is an essential part of being human and I hope the millenials will do more than boink with abandon — I hope they’ll boink with consciousness. Pleasure will make the world a better place, but sometimes the path to pleasure has psychic roadblocks. It’s important not to let them stop you from pursuing yours. For best results, move through them, not around them.
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