Block the sunlight! Don’t let anyone peek in!
Lock the door! Put on some sultry music!
Promise you won’t tell my daddy!
Okay, all done? Now let’s talk about sex.
But first, let’s talk about why it’s so hard . . . um, why it’s so difficult to talk plainly about sex in the good old U.S. of A.
I read a book delicately titled F*cked, by comedians Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson. Yep, the title of the book is censoring itself: the first of many funny but sad bits of social commentary included, gratis, with the more narrative and informational parts of the book.
The subtitle is more straightforwardly explicit—in both senses—and funny: Being Sexually Explorative and Self-Confident in a World That’s Screwed.
Now why would anyone need to look in a book to learn how to be sexually explorative and self-confident? Is it really that hard (LOL)? Is our world really that screwed? According to the duo,
“One of the best parts about living in the United States is our obsession with denying ourselves things that bring us pleasure—especially food and sex. We are a country of deny and binge, deny and binge.”
Oh. Well, there’s that.
Fisher and Hutchinson seem to be prescribing sexual exploration to counteract tendencies to deny, and confidence to counteract tendencies to binge.
A measured and balanced philosophy of sex? Throw open the curtains—let’s tell the world!