Archive for December, 2009

Best of 2009

by Jason Stotts

As I was looking back over the essays I’ve written this year for the OBloggers “Best of 2009 Carnival,” I realized that there were a lot of good essays from this year.  I had a really hard time picking out my favorite and so I decided to do my own Top 10 of the year.  The order is somewhat arbitrary, but these are what I consider to be the best 10 essays that I wrote for the blog in 2009.

10. On Marijuana

In this essay I develop the position that while marijuana should be legal, I think it is immoral.  I also analyze the role that religion has placed in the suppression of drugs.

9.  On Bisexuality

In this essay I discuss the nature of bisexuality and argue that bisexuality is much more common than many people believe.  Furthermore, I argue that bisexuality is natural and should not be thought of as a transitional state between heterosexuality and homosexuality.

8. Religion Kills Over Sex Again

This essay analyzes the religious hatred of sex and the harm it does, especially to teenagers as sexting becomes more prevalent.

7. Objectivism, Masculinity, Femininity, and Homosexuality: Initial Thoughts

This essay was adapted from my speech “Objectivism and Sexuality” that I delivered to the Ohio Objectivist Society in July.  I argue that Ayn Rand’s misidentification of the sexual essences (masculinity and femininity) is what led her to condemn homosexuality and that through a proper identification of the essences, we can reconcile homosexuality and Objectivism.

6. Shattered Illusions

This essay one of my favorite and most important essays I wrote last year, mostly because it was the first time I identified the phenomenon that I call “fundamental psychological needs” and their connection to the beliefs that people hold.  I plan on developing this theory in to a more robust version that will likely appear in my book.

5.  My First Nude Beach

This summer I moved to California and had my first chance ever to go to a nude beach.  It was one of the best experiences of my life so far and I can hardly recommend it enough.

4. On Pegging 2: Gender Play

This essay is a follow up to my immensely popular essay “On Pegging” (see below) and deals with the idea of “gender play” through pegging.

3. The Christians Are Burning Witches (Again)

The rise of christianity in Africa, blending with their indigenous mysticism, has led to widespread persecution of witches and other demonic activity.  Yes, in 2009 christians are still burning witches.

2. On Pegging

The most popular essay I’ve written so far, “On Pegging” is a philosophical investigation of pegging (female on male strap-on sex).  In it, I discuss the nature of pegging, the philosophical implications for sexual orientation and the sexual essences, and how to successfully engage in pegging.  If you don’t read any other essays on this list, read this one.

1. What Causes Sexual Attraction

A revised edition of an earlier essay I wrote on the nature of sexual attraction.  This was one of the first essays I attempted in sexual theory and the subject is one of my major interests.  In it, I develop the thesis that it is our value judgments that underlie sexual attraction and that, consequently, we can understand sexual attraction in terms of these antecedent value judgements.  The more robust and fully developed version of this theory is integral to my book and my overall understanding of sexuality.  It is definitely one of my favorite essays that I’ve ever written.

I hope you’ve enjoyed Erosophia in 2009 and I look forward to an even more interesting year in 2010.

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A Scholar and a Prostitute?

by Jason Stotts

Europe and Me Magazine has published an interesting article called “Prostitution as as Student Job.” The article discusses the rise of prostitution as a way that many female students are paying their way through college and grad school.

The common theme in the article is that the women are turning to prostitution for the money.  However, not all of the women are opposed to this.  Some are enjoying the lifestyle and the money, while others feel trapped by it and by financial need.

I think voluntary prostitution should be legal, this would alleviate most risks associated with prostitution.  Now, whether it’s ethical is a different question that I’m not prepared to give a full account of, but I think that the girls who are going into prostitution to pay their way through school and who are enjoying it, are making an ethically permissible choice.

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Australia Following China’s Lead?

by Jason Stotts

I was incredibly surprised to find this article “Australia to Implement Mandatory Internet Censorship.”

Apparently, Australia thinks that China is the country to model and doesn’t think that its citizens have the moral or intellectual capacity to judge what they want to see on the internet.  Consequently, in order to block “illegal material,” that are going to institute a China-esque firewall that will block any material they deem objectionable.  This, of course, is ostensibly all being done in order to “protect children” through attempting to  ban child pornography.  However, in fact, as the article notes, “the plan was first created as a way to combat child pornography and adult content, but could be extended to include controversial websites on euthanasia or anorexia.” [Emphasis mine.]

The world seems to be descending to an ever lower rung of hell as the politicians, who know all, take our freedoms from us in order to “make us safe.”  Well, I, for one, would rather be free than be safe!

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Mexico City Approves Gay Marriage

by Jason Stotts


(Source: Wiki-Commons)

Mexico city has just passed legislation that legalizes gay marriage by redefining marriage from a union of a man and a woman to “the free uniting of two people” (according to the Huffington Post).  This is a surprising move since Mexico is a strongly catholic country and, obviously, catholics hate homosexuals.

The article also notes that:

Only seven countries allow gay marriages: Canada, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and Belgium. U.S. states that permit same-sex marriage are Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and New Hampshire.

So, although gay marriage is on the rise around the world, there is still a long way to go and much religious hatred to overcome.

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Health Care Bill Passes Senate Cloture

by Jason Stotts

In a shady move last night, the Senate passed cloture around 1AM which will allow the Senate health care bill to be voted upon on the floor in short order.

This bill will represent the largest expansion of governmental power in a long time.  Some quotes from a couple of articles are revealing.

From a NY Times article: “Health care in America ought to be a right, not a privilege,” said Senator Christopher J. Dodd (paid for by whom?).

From a CNN article: Harry Reid said [the new bill will provide healthcare for] “all people, not just those who can afford it.” (someone still has to pay for it).

What is interesting is that the only clear underlying principles motivating the push for the healthcare bill is altruism.  What happened to the American ideal of self-reliance?  The ideals of America and the philosophical underpinnings of christianity have always been in conflict and it is only to the extent that the christians have been able to compartmentalize their minds and evade the true implications of their beliefs that they have been able to attempt to reconcile their beliefs.  Unfortunately for us, the christians are becoming more and more consistent and attacking the secular ideals of america, which stand in stark contrast to the altruism of christianity.

I think it is truly sad that some people think that they have a right to enslave part of the population to support another part.

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Pregnant? You Could be Facing a Court-Martial

by Jason Stotts

Gen. Anthony Cucolo, the General in charge of Northern Iraq, has come up with a brilliant new idea to prevent troop loss: punish women for getting pregnant.  He tries to justify his position by saying:

“I need every soldier I’ve got, especially since we are facing a drawdown of forces during our mission,” Cucolo wrote. “Anyone who leaves this fight earlier than the expected 12-month deployment creates a burden on their teammates. Anyone who leaves this fight early because they made a personal choice that changed their medical status — or contributes to doing that to another — is not in keeping with a key element of our ethos.”

So, he has decided to target women who get pregnant as not being part of the team for making a “personal choice” that makes them unfit for combat.

In an e-mail to CNN, Cucolo stressed the rule “is just a small part of a general policy on behavior and actions,” and is “lawful.” The memo outlines a long list of behaviors that are prohibited, from gambling and using drugs to behaviors that would offend Iraqis, such as entering a mosque or religious site unless “required by military necessity.”

What is truly disturbing is that Cucolo is targeting women instead of trying to protect the soldiers he does have.  If he really cared about his soldiers and their combat effectiveness, he would get rid of the hideous philosophy of Just War theory that cripples our troops.  Why should our troops care about “offending Iraqis?”  Of course, what they really mean is that they don’t want our troops to offend muslims, who are our real enemy.  Realistically, it is the irrationality of all religion that is at war with rational men everywhere.  It is just that muslims tend to be much more violent that other religions (at least in this time in history).

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Sexual Etymology: Ejaculate and Cum

by Jason Stotts

There are many words in our language to describe orgasm, but two of the more etymologically interesting are “ejaculate” and “cum.”

Ejaculate – 1578, “emit semen,” from L. ejaculatus, pp. of ejaculari, from ex- “out” + jaculari “to throw, dart,” from jaculum “javelin,” from jacere “to throw.” Only other surviving sense is “exclaim suddenly” (1666). (ejaculate)

Interestingly, until rather recently the more common use of “ejaculate” was the second form of “exclaim suddenly.” It is not until recently that the rather obscure medical term ejaculate came into common parlance. Before that, it was common to see characters ejaculate “What?” or “So!” and people never associated this with orgasm.

The word “cum” also has an interesting history.

Cum – (v. and n.) seems to be a modern (by 1973) variant of the sexual sense of come that originated in pornographic writing, perhaps first in the noun sense. This “experience sexual orgasm” slang meaning of come (perhaps originally come off) is attested from 1650, in “Walking In A Meadowe Greene,” in a folio of “loose songs” collected by Bishop Percy.

They lay soe close together, they made me much to wonder;
I knew not which was wether, until I saw her under.
Then off he came, and blusht for shame soe soon that he had endit;
Yet still she lies, and to him cryes, “one more and none can mend it.”

As a noun meaning “semen or other product of orgasm” it is on record from the 1920s. The sexual cum seems to have no connection with L. cum,the preposition meaning “with, together with,” which is occasionally used in English in local names of combined parishes or benifices (e.g.Chorlton-cum-Hardy), in popular Latin phrases (e.g. cum laude), or as a combining word to indicate a dual nature or function (e.g. slumber party-cum-bloodbath). (cum)

I’ve always found the word “cum” to be rather strange. It’s not as if I go somewhere before orgasm and then suddenly come back. It makes somewhat more sense to me as “it [my semen, orgasm] is coming,” but that is not the general usage.

One of my favorite ways of talking about orgasm is the French “la petite mort” or “the little death.” I think that, in general, the French have one of the best sexual vocabularies in terms of both descriptive power and accuracy.

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Swingers?

by Jason Stotts

In our never-ending quest to learn and understand everything about sex, Erosophia is going to try something new. We’re going to be having a candid interview with a couple who has been in the lifestyle (swingers) for some time now about what it is like and why they do it.

If you have any questions for them, leave a comment on here or email us (email found on the right side of the blog below our names).  We’ll be posting the interview sometime before the 1st of the year.

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