Archive for May, 2011

Prostitution

by Jason Stotts

Someone asked me at ATLOSCon what I thought about prostitution and I’m glad that I didn’t get asked the question during my lecture.  I think I gave a pretty good answer to their question, but it’s one of those questions that I have not spent enough time thinking about to give a really satisfactory answer.  I am thinking about the question and I do intend to write on it at some point soon.

As part of my initial research, I wanted to look in to how common prostitution was in the world and found the following website that lists the legality of prostitution in 100 different countries.

According to their data, prostitution is legal in more countries than it is illegal. Now, obviously the legality and morality of prostitution are two very different questions, but I find it very interesting that prostitution is legal in far more places than I would have expected.  Frankly, I think the legal question of prostitution isn’t even worth discussing, as people should have a right to consensually do together what they want, even if it is immoral.

Look for an essay on prostitution in the coming weeks.

ATLOSCon Speech

by Jason Stotts

I want to thank everyone who attended my lecture this morning.  I hope that everyone found it interesting and engaging.  If you’re interested in further readings, I recommend starting with the following:

1. “Of Living Death,” The Objectivist.  Especially 530-531. (Or: The Voice of Reason, 46-63.)

2. “Francisco’s Sex Speech,” from Atlas Shrugged, 453-455 (Or: For The New Intellectual, 98-101.)

3. Playboy Interview (Pamphlet).

4. “Philosophy and Sense of Life,” The Romantic Manifesto.

I also want to thank those of you who helped to sponsor my trip to Atlanta by pre-ordering a copy of my speech.  I’ll be e-mailing, or mailing (as the case may), the copies out to those who prepaid shortly.

For anyone else who wants a copy of the speech, it will be available  in a couple of days.   This extended version will be significantly longer than the version I read, which was about 13 pages.   Right now, the extended version is about 25 pages, so there is a lot of material that you will find new, even if you took the class.  There are two options to get a copy of the speech:

$12.50 for a PDF version.

$23.50 for a signed hard copy mailed to you.

Anyone who actually attended the class can take 10% off the price.

The speech should be completely done in just a couple of days, so feel free to order your copy now and I’ll send it out as soon as it’s done.  It’d be done already, but I’m being rather perfectionist about it and just can’t quite let it go yet.  The easiest way to order is via PayPal, by sending a payment to Jason(at)JasonStotts.com.  For other options, just e-mail me at the same address.

Additionally, anyone who was at the conference and would like to ask follow-up questions, or who had questions that they didn’t get to ask, can also e-mail me and I’ll still answer your questions.

Sex Tips #8: Enthusiasm

by Jason Stotts

There are few qualities relating to sex that are as attractive as enthusiasm.  Indeed, enthusiasm can make up for a quite a bit in other departments and it’s lack can seriously undermine even the best of other qualities.  Enthusiasm can turn what would have been a mediocre sexual encounter into an exceptional one and it’s lack can sour even the most skilled sexual session.  Basically, enthusiasm is like the trump card of sex.

Especially for people who are in a long term relationship, a little enthusiasm can help remind your partner how much you value them and can make your sex life much more exciting for the both of you.  I highly encourage people to show your enthusiasm to your partner and let them see how excited you are and how excited your partner makes you.  I guarantee that it will make sure sex life better.

ATLOSCon 2011

by Jason Stotts

Kelly Elmore has a very kind piece up on her blog Reepicheep’s Coracle about my talk at ATLOSCon, called “Sex at ATLOSCon.”  Now, before you get the wrong idea, I’m not going to be having sex with anyone at ATLOSCon (they’re not paying me enough for that!).  The piece contains some very nice things people have said about Erosophia and my writings and I’m honored to see such nice things said by good people.

I look forward to meeting some of my readers at ATLOSCon and I welcome you to come up and say hi if you see me there.

Secularism and Sex Survey Update

by Jason Stotts

Some of you may recall that I posted a call for my readers to go and participate in the “Sex and Secularism Survey” that Dr. Darrel Ray (of The God Virus fame) put out in January.  The results of the survey are now available on his website http://ipcpress.com/ (you have to register for the site to download the results).  I recommend taking a look at the results as there is some fascinating stuff there.  From the paper:

Purpose of the Study: For thousands of years, religion has involved itself in sex and sexuality. Guilt plays a major role in religion and sex. This paper tests hypotheses related to the impact of religion and religious guilt on sexual behavior. Over 14,500 people participated in an internet-based survey with over 9500 finishing the survey during two weeks in January 2011. Six hypotheses are considered: 1. Religions’ use of sexual guilt is measurably greater in conservative religions and less in liberal ones. 2. People feel the sexual guilt taught by their religion but sexual behavior shows no difference from those with less guilt. 3. Religiously conservative parents will be less effective at teaching their children about sex than more secular parents. 4. Children raised in highly religious homes will receive poorer sexual education. 5. Leaving religion has a positive impact on sexual satisfaction. 6. Religion has continuing negative consequences on individuals after they leave.

Results: Strong evidence for five of the six hypotheses were found. Respondents reported higher levels of sexual satisfaction after leaving religion, depending on how conservative their religious upbringing. There was little if any reported difference in the onset of a variety of sexual behaviors between religious and non-religiously raised children. Religiously conservative parents were perceived to be less effective at teaching sex education to the respondents. The children of religious homes perceived their sexual education to be inferior. Once people left religion, over 50% saw an improvement in their sex life, 29.6% saw no change, and 2.2% thought it was worse. Finally, few people reported continuing problems after leaving religion. It appears that the effects of religion are more easily eliminated than predicted.

Apparently Dr. Ray is going to be turning this into a new book and I’ll definitely be interested in reading it when it comes out.  I applaud him for taking a closer look at religion’s impact on sexuality and I hope that this data may influence people away from religion.

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Are Your Genitals Normal?

by Jason Stotts

Realistically, the question of whether your genitals are normal is fundamentally flawed. It’s more important whether they function correctly than whether they look like everyone else’s genitals.  Regardless, though, it’s important to like your genitals for what they are, as there is very little you can do to change them.  This video by Planned Parenthood is a fun little reminder that all of our genitals are different and that’s part of the beauty of them.

 

 

ATLOSCon Flyer

by Jason Stotts

So, as many of you know, I’m going to be speaking this summer at ATLOSCon.  I’m supposed to make a flyer to help promote my blog there and I definitely want to do that to help bring in new readers.  The problem is that I’m not that into designing and I don’t have any standard images for Erosophia or logos.  So, in making a flyer, I had a hard time trying to figure out what to put on it.  I’ve made a first draft flyer and I’d like to solicit feedback on it.  I need the feedback quickly, as I need to get this flyer done and back to the organizers so they can get ready for the conference.

ATLOSCon Flyer 1-2

(Note: I did this in Word, then converted to PDF, but I have no idea how to make it an image file from there to show correctly here. Advice appreciated.)

Update:

Here’s a new version of the flyer:  ATLOSCon Flyer 3

Democide

by Jason Stotts

There is nothing more dangerous to a citizenry than its government.  Whether with “good intentions” or simply a lust for power, governments, particularly communist and socialist governments, kill their own citizens at an astounding rate. R. J. Rummel, Professor Emeritus at the Univerisity of Hawaii, says that:

The bubonic plague that in 1347-1353 depopulated Europe has horrified historians and surely all those who have read about it. Death. Death everywhere. Cities and towns devastated. Whole families of several generations gone. About 25,000,000 people perished.

Yet, we have had a different kind of plague in the last century, one over four times more deadly, and historians shy away from writing about it. Indeed, most contemporaries did not even know it was occurring, for the media and politicians that were not affected by it, tended to ignore it. It was a Red Plague [socialism]. A plague of democide. [Link]

As one example of this, Rummel points to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and notes that:

The Soviet Union appears the greatest megamurderer of all time, apparently killing near 61,000,000 people. Stalin himself is responsible for almost 43,000,000 of these (I know you’ve read the toll as 20,000,000, but it was only for the 1930s and has been mistaken applied to Stalin’s full and bloody reign 1928-1953). Most of the Soviet deaths, perhaps around 39,000,000 are due to lethal forced labor in gulag and transit thereto.

Compare the moderate estimate of 61,000,000 deaths in the USSR (there is evidence it may be as high as 126,891,000) to the “Black Death” that wiped out Europe, at only 25,000,000 deaths.  Really, the “Red Death,” and here I mean socialism and not tuberculosis, is much more deadly than the black one.

As we usher in socialism in the United States, I think we should consider what happens when the government has unlimited control over our lives and becomes, not our servant, but our master.