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Monday, February 1, 2016
Sperm Count: Goodbye to Eden
"The Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymus Bosch
Will mankind be condemned to an existence of loving sex? Is
that the next rung on the evolutionary ladder. Taking a Darwinian survival of
the fittest point of view, it would seem that those men and women who fit the
guidelines of the affirmative consent statutes recently passed in both
California and New York will find that their genes are naturally selective,
while those who aren’t turned on to reciprocity in sex and prefer S&M,
B&D, humiliation and a thousand other paraphilias, and have read theStory of OandReturn to the Chateauso
many times that they can reiterate the hot passages in their sleep not to speak
of The 120 Days of Sodom (which was
the basis for Pasolini’s masterpiece of degradation Salo) and jerk off to the
scene in Eyes Wide Shutwhere Nicole
Kidman is sitting on the toilet, will find that their brand of barbaric Animal Housesexuality, with its worn copies
of Adam, Sir, Hustlerand Club International is shunted to the side.
There's a even a mathematical formula for altruism famously offered by the evolutionary biologist W. D. Hamilton which has added one more
nail to the coffin of sexual inequity with its labyrinth of delicious Catholic
shame, documented so amply in the recent blockbuster hit Spotlight. Gone are the days when it was as Mel Brooks elegantly
said “good to be the king” or better yet an archbishop! There are no more
bunnies wearing tails and as of its March issue Playboy will do away with
nudity and before long neither girls nor guys will cover their whoosy whatsis with fig leaves. Yes a certain innocence seems like it’s creeping into the bedroom, like a slow metastasizing cancer, but don’t worry. Once a pickle no more a cucumber. There'll never be another Eden.
Francis Levy's debut novel, Erotomania: A Romance, was released in August 2008 by Two Dollar Radio.
His short stories, criticism, humor, and poetry have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Village Voice, The East Hampton Star, The Quarterly, Penthouse, Architectural Digest, TV Guide, The Journal of Irreproducible Results, and other publications. One of his Voice humor pieces was anthologized in The Big Book of New American Humor (HarperCollins). He is presently the Co-Director of The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination (philoctetes.org), where he supervises roundtable discussions on topics as varied as “The Psychology of the Modern Nation State” and “Modern Traffic Theory, Behavior, and Imagination”.