A world that embraces true sexual freedom will need to be pluralistic, because sexuality is individual. Unfortunately what our culture embraces, sexually, is pluralism’s opposite.
Far from the desexualized stereotype that some critics place on him, Lacan wanted people to experience the true movement and fluidity of their desire.
What if we took lust and desire seriously as a form of wisdom and meaning, not just chemical response? What if lust is a sort of faithfulness? What if lust is the ideal of love and not the other way around?
Wherever you have a secret, that is where you are vulnerable. I learned to move toward the vulnerability, instead of retreating from it. By becoming vulnerable intentionally, through the effort of honesty and openness, we become strong.
Charles Fourier believed that we’d been bamboozled into a dead-end corner of culture, with no room to move. Guarding that corner was the concept of the family, and especially the monogamous married couple.
Sex runs through culture like a hidden line of power, and where we don’t release it, where we don’t help each other come to our senses, we hurt ourselves and everyone else.
If you want to understand why sexual freedom is so threatening to people and institutions in power, masturbation is a good place to start.
Craddock’s message was that women had as much of a right to sexual pleasure as their husbands, and that this pleasure was a sacred right.
Sex shame in our lives and sex shaming in our cultural sphere are intimately tangled. Instead of telling you the right way to put a condom on or how to please your lover, this series will examine the lives and theories of thinkers who were interested in pushing sex forward in some cultural way.
Rudolf Steiner was a scientist, philosopher, and spiritual thinker who created biodynamic farming, Waldorf schools, and a new form of medicine and developed Anthroposophy on principles of freedom, compassion, and the evolution of consciousness.