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June 28, 2010

Daft Post Feminist Hand Wringing Alert

"The mind is a terrible thing."

- John Milton

Apparently, in addition to all our other troubles America is now suffering from sexual malaise.

I read it in the NY Times so of course it must be true. The bright side of all this latest crisis is that it offers the ChangeMeister in Chief a social problem worthy of his prodigious community organizing talents. Just think! If we all join hands we can solve the burning heartache of female sexual disinterest - in our lifetimes, no less!

WILL women soon have a Viagra of their own? Although a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recently rejected an application to market the drug flibanserin [Ed. note: ?!?] in the United States for women with low libido, it endorsed the potential benefits and urged further research. Several pharmaceutical companies are reported to be well along in the search for such a drug.

The implication is that a new pill, despite its unforeseen side effects, is necessary to cure the sexual malaise that appears to have sunk over the country. But to what extent do these complaints about sexual apathy reflect a medical reality, and how much do they actually emanate from the anxious, overachieving, white upper middle class?

In the 1950s, female “frigidity” was attributed to social conformism and religious puritanism. But since the sexual revolution of the 1960s, American society has become increasingly secular, with a media environment drenched in sex.

For one brief, shining moment before Paglia plunged headfirst into the fever swamp of highly regrettable historical, academic and pop culture allusions I cherished the forlorn hope that something sensible was about to be written on the topic of sex. Then I remembered that I was reading the Times, where "How can I get my baby to eat/my toddler to mind/my husband to pick up his socks?" articles regularly make the Most Read list.

There is a vaguely forehead-shaped mark on the wall of my office that owes its existence to this type of journalistic fare.

Why are we worrying about the sex lives of affluent, educated, upper middle class white folks? In a world where Reuters makes money selling crotch shots of underaged girls, I'm having a hard time ginning up sympathy for the tragically limited sexual options of the New Age Male.

And in a world where women have more - and more varied - choices than at any time in history I can think of, I'm likewise blissfully unconcerned about the tragically limited sex lives of modern women.

Freedom is problematic. Given an expanded range of choices, people don't always make smart decisions. They freely make bad bargains and then freely whine when the the prize at the bottom of the Cracker Jack box doesn't meet their expectations. But if there's one thing they hate worse than being held responsible for their own decisions, it's being told what to do. Because that's judgmental, and the New Age ego wilts at the faintest whiff of a value judgment whether it be sartorial or sexual.

With or without the Times, people who stop wanting or having sex will eventually be replaced by people who never stopped wanting or having it. Maybe if we put away the egg timers?

There's a lot to be said for not over complicating life.


Posted by Cassandra at June 28, 2010 07:10 AM

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Y'know what the problem is? The Manhattanites suffer from lack of variety. And do you know why? It's because they don't cook. They eat out or order take-out all the time. Which means their condos don't have kitchens. How can you have sex in the kitchen if you don't have a kitchen? No variety.

Posted by: Neutrino at June 28, 2010 10:18 AM

Oops, I forget to change my name back from my (other) alter ego... and yes, I'm still searching this topic to see if there's a particle-physics joke in there somewhere.

Posted by: Cousin Dave at June 28, 2010 10:20 AM

From my perspective, this is just more evidence that natural selection works :p

Posted by: Cassandra at June 28, 2010 10:39 AM

"The sexual malaise that seems to have taken over the country" -- ???? A lot of people aren't doing it right.

Posted by: Texan99 at June 28, 2010 01:13 PM

Okay, the laid-back black backup gave the proper sign for "seven," but then flashed the signal for "nine" when the singer clearly said "four."

Is that this "New Math" I've been hearing about, or is it irrationality on the quantum level, where nine and four can simultaneously be either nine *or* four, or nine *and* four?

Over to you, Dave...

Posted by: BillT at June 28, 2010 03:08 PM

Hey, if humanity is a plague upon Earth anyways, sex and reproduction gets kind of... what's the word, heretical? Blasphemous?

Kind of hard to get enthusiastic about human procreation and the pleasure motivators pushing for population expansion, when you think half the human species would be better off turned into carbon free fertilizer. Yanno.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at June 28, 2010 03:11 PM

Don't have to be quantum mechanics to get different bases. 2+2 only equals 4 if you are utilizing bases greater than Four. Else it equals 10, 2+2 equals 10 under base four numerology.

Course, the Left doesn't even know how to count to 10 in economics, so it's a moot point.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at June 28, 2010 03:13 PM

Vell I zink I hav zeen zis malaize in zeveral noir amour fronch films.

*zuddenly, out of novher a lady in a zlinky black dress and large black hat strides up to moi and -crack!- slaps me across zee face*

Posted by: Inspector Jacques Clouseau at June 28, 2010 06:44 PM

He has a point about the "all night long" thing, although once upon a time (a long time ago) I could go for over an hour... ;-)

Posted by: camojack at June 29, 2010 12:32 AM

Well, you know, at the quark level, all protons are the result of threesomes...

Posted by: Cousin Dave at June 29, 2010 10:19 AM

I thought Quark was the dude that owned the bar and holo-deck on DS9?

Posted by: Peanut Gallery at June 29, 2010 11:00 AM

We know Gore's still poking stuff and people and things.

maybe he converted to Gaism because he was unconsciously guilty of his sexual predation and perversions. A Leftist with guilt? That's like a two headed dog.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at June 30, 2010 05:04 PM

"A Leftist with guilt? That's like a two headed dog"
Actually, he's my brother. Try not to notice, he's very sensitive about having only two heads. And for Zeus sake, do not call him ShortBus!

Posted by: Cerberus at June 30, 2010 06:38 PM

There are only 10 types of people in the world.

Those that understand binary and those that don't.

Posted by: Schrodinger's Bit at June 30, 2010 06:41 PM

I thought it was 11, do/don't/unsure

Posted by: Hex I Decimal at June 30, 2010 07:02 PM

Here's some evidence for Paglia's piece.

Posted by: Grim at June 30, 2010 08:34 PM

That's an interesting twist on the conversation we had about using people a while back.

Posted by: Cassandra at July 1, 2010 08:07 AM

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