Craig Biddle, of The Objective Standard, has now weighed in on Peikoff v. McCaskey in his letter “Justice for John P. McCaskey” published today on his personal website. In it, he defends McCaskey and points out that Peikoff is apparently baseless in his attack on McCaskey and, thus, should be condemned for arbitrarily condemning him.
I agree with Biddle and I want to reiterate my support of McCaskey through this. I maintain, as I did in “On The Newest Schism” that:
…it seems to me that McCaskey was only trying to help make The Logical Leapinto a better book. His review is amazingly reserved and the care with which he tried not to offend anyone is obvious. It’s important to note that McCaskey’s only objections are to how Harriman presents the history of the science, not with his theory of induction. Indeed, it seems that McCaskey was right to worry as he presents evidence that Harriman distorted the history in order to make it consistent with his thesis. This makes him look intellectually dishonest and may disgrace what is a perfectly true and very good new theory of induction. This is McCaskey’s worry and it seems to me that he was only trying to help.
Here’s an interesting article from Salon.com about a woman who was against guns, until she was stalked and had to start carrying a gun in order to protect her life.
I told [my boyfriend] a firearm in the house made me nauseous [sic.], that I feared the weapon would be turned on one of us, that there’d be an accident. I told him I believe in compassion and peace. I told him the very idea of a gun was a compromise of my principles.
[My boyfriend] sighed. “Which would you prefer, compromising your principles or getting abducted by Crazy Man?”
That’s when the old Theodore Roosevelt adage popped into my head — “Speak softly and carry a big stick” — and I finally got it. I can still be the compassionate, diplomatic, interfaith groovy gal I’ve always been; I’ll just be packing heat in case negotiations tank.
I find it interesting how many people are quick to say: guns aren’t necessary (for others), but I actually need protection. For example, judges, prosecutors, politicians, etc, all are able to legally carry weapons, but in many states a regular citizen cannot. (Does the 14th amendment come to mind for anyone else?)
But even just the average liberal (and don’t take this to mean that I’m a Republican) is quick to say that guns are unnecessary and they they kill more innocent people than evil ones. The facts (2009 FBI Crime Statistics), however, show that when gun ownership increases, violent crime decreases. Furthermore, liberals argue that guns in the home lead to accidental deaths, especially those of children. Again, though, reality asserts itself. As we can see from the 2010 Statistical Abstract of the US Census Buereau in 2005 only 789 people in the US died of an accidental discharge of a firearm, in 2006 it was only 642. Compare that to some of the other things I left in the graphic, like deaths due to cars (45,343/45,316), drowning (3,582/3,579), the flu (1,812/849), tuberculosis(!) (648/652), or complications from professional medical care (2,653/2,521). Think about that, a medical professional is 3.61 more likely to accidentally kill you than you are to die from an accidental discharge of a firearm.
I think it’s time that we come to realize that while guns can be dangerous, what keeps you safe if not avoiding them, but knowing how to safely use them. Furthermore, I think the whole debate over whether firearms are killing children in droves should just be over, reality says that it’s just not the case. A gun in the home is much more likely to keep you safe than it is to harm someone you don’t intend it to and a gun kept safely is nearly no danger at all.
Guns are tools, just like any other. Sure, we need to be safe with them because they can kill, but sometimes killing is not only necessary, but morally obligatory. If your life were in danger, wouldn’t you wish you had a gun? If your family’s life is in danger, wouldn’t you wish you had a gun? The fact is that guns can keep us safe from those that would wish us harm and for those of us who value life, this is something that we desire.
I recently read Eros Denied: Sex in Western Society by Wayland Young and I found it to be an amazingly interesting read. It’s rather hard to get your hands on a copy as it’s out of print, as far as I can tell, but it’s well worth it that you do. I’ll be writing more about some of the interesting things from the book, but the thing that I want to point out now is a reference to an ancient sex came called “crossing the valley.”
Orgies are common in Japanese and Chinese art, and were common enough in the traditional Japenese pattern of life to have given rise to a game called “Crossing the Valley.” The girls lay down on the floor and the boys had to fuck them all in turn, from one end of the room to the other. The winner was the boy who “crossed the valley” without coming. There is a print called “Crossing the Valley” which shows that the game was well enough known to have allowed gamesmanship ploys to form, even if only in the imagination. It shows a boy fucking the girl in the middle of himself, and seeing to all the others at the same time with a series of dildoes fixed to a pole which is strapped across his waist. (Eros Denied, 120)
I find it immensely valuable to learn about the sexual mores and activities of other cultures and times. I don’t think that one can truly appreciate one’s own culture if one knows nothing of the past or of the ways in which other people live.
After finding out that Erosophia is one of the top 25 Objectivist sites, it’s nice to also find out that we’re one of the top 50 philosophy blogs (and the only Objectivist blog that made it). This is according to the NetworkedBlogs app in facebook, which ranks blogs in each category by subscribers. Erosophia managed to just barely make the list at #50 (88 followers).
I’d like to ask all of you who enjoy Erosophia, but who are not yet followers on the NetworkedBlogs app, to please follow and help raise Erosophia higher in the rankings. Only 10 people would kick me up 5 places to #45 and I know that I have hundreds more readers than that who are not yet fans.
I was talking with someone the other day and they pointed out that while I had an essay on pegging, I did not have an essay on male orgasm or prostate play itself and few people are likely to jump right into pegging. This seems like a fair criticism to me and so I’m hoping to rectify that here.
I want to begin with a short anatomy lesson. Even though most men are well acquainted with their penises, most know nothing more about them than how to use them to get sexual pleasure. Many men don’t even know the real names for all of their sexual parts: taint, sack, etc.
Although it’s sometimes called “the love muscle,” the penis is in fact not a muscle at all. Although an erection is called getting a “boner,” there are no bones in the penis (in humans). The penis is more properly thought of as analogous to a balloon, since what causes its rigidity is pooled blood, trapped in the penis by muscles at the base, in two cavernous bodies (corpora cavernosa) on each side of the penis. The urethra runs along the bottom, which carries both urine and semen from the body. Let’s take a look at diagram 1.
We also have the shaft, the area between the body and the head, and the head of the penis itself, which is also called the glans. Around the glans is a ridge, called the coronal ridge. At the bottom of the glans is the urethral opening, below which is the frenulum, which is a thin strip of skin connecting the glans to the shaft and foreskin (on unmutilated penises). See diagram 2, A.
In addition to the penis are the testicles, which hang below the penis in the scrotum. The testicles produce sperm, which are carried from the testicles to the seminal vesicles by the vas. The seminal vesicles produce most of the fluid we think of as semen. From here, the sperm move into the prostate itself, which produces prostatic fluid and adds the rest of the fluid to the semen. While this description is somewhat simplified, it’s sufficient for our purposes here. Take a look at this diagram for a clearer view of the path that semen has to travel.
When a male becomes sexually aroused, he experiences tumescence of his sexual organs, which swell and fill with blood in anticipation of sexual activity. During this process, the penis hardens, the skin in the genital region darkens, blood flow in increased in the entire region, and the prostate becomes engorged. The prostate sits around the urethra and immediately below the bladder. Another of the functions of the prostate is to close off the urethra from the bladder, preventing the flow of urine when a male is sexually aroused (note here that erection and arousal are not the same).
Through the above, we should have a basic grasp of male anatomy.
In terms of the male orgasm, the focus is usually the penis. Typically, stimulation is applied to the penis through the application of a hand, mouth, vagina, anus, etc. and continued stimulation leads to orgasm. This is certainly how most men think of their orgasms and it is not entirely wrong to do so. However, although the focus of the orgasm is the penis, that is not the locus of male orgasm. When a male is building to orgasm, he feels a mounting pressure deep inside his abdomen that feels more and more pleasurable until he reaches orgasm. At this point he feels intense pleasure from this deep place, throughout his penis, and a warm sensation in his abdomen in general as the blood that was pools slowly makes it’s way back into his bloodstream. This magic place deep in his abdomen where he feels the mounting pressure and pleasure of orgasm is the prostate and it is here that is the focus of male orgasm. Thus, while the penis is generally the focus of male orgasm, it is the prostate that is its locus.
We can see this more clearly if we consider that if we apply stimulation to the prostate gland itself, a male can orgasm without any stimulation of the penis. On the other hand, if we were to remove a man’s prostate, then he would be unable to orgasm ever again, even if we stimulate his penis. The prostate is the unsung hero of male orgasm. This is not to say that the penis is not important, but that the spotlight should be shared.
While most people don’t ever stimulate the prostate itself, it is actually very easy to stimulate the prostate through the anus, since the prostate sits against the anterior (front) wall of the anus. One can easily stimulate the prostate by inserting a finger or fingers into the anus and making a beckoning, come here, motion (gloves may make this easier). Alternatively, there are many toys designed to stimulate the prostate, like the aneros. For many men, direct stimulate of the prostate, with or without penile stimulation, causes much stronger orgasms than orgasms achieved via penile stimulation alone.
It’s interesting, though, that many men are afraid to even consider prostate stimulation, because they see it as a “gay thing,” since it involves their anus, and they’re afraid that by engaging in prostate stimulation, they might be making themselves gay. This is, of course, preposterous; one cannot catch the gay. Further, there is nothing explicitly gay about prostate play. The prostate is vital to all male orgasm and prostate stimulation is a uniquely male activity, whether gay or straight. Indeed, the argument that a man who stimulates his own anus is gay, since gays play with their asses, is as sensical as the argument that a man who stimulates his own penis is gay, since gays touch penises. We need to move beyond our fear of homosexuality and recognize that both straight men and bisexual men also enjoy anal stimulation and prostate stimulation and this does nothing to affect their orientation. Additionally, there is nothing wrong with being gay. The point, however, is that prostate stimulation is a uniquely male activity, no matter his orientation.
If men could get over their fear of their anuses and engage in prostate stimulation, they could open up a whole new world of pleasure for themselves, the likes of which they have never experienced before.
Big Brother Note: if you purchase the aneros via the Amazon link, I will make some small amount of money. Thus, if you want to get the aneros, use the link and help me out at the same time.
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When some of the most honorable members of the American Physical Society are calling fraud, maybe we should listen. Or does no one remember ClimateGate when it cam to light that the climate data had been intentionally altered? (ClimateGate)