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Friday, November 4, 2016
Is There Life After Sex?
"The Birth of Venus" by Botticelli
Sex is the manifestation of the "life force," a term coined by
George Bernard Shaw though it is not clear if he ever had any--sex that is. But certainly
it's the force behind creation. In the case of the human species which is burdened with consciousness, evolution has creatively offered the concept of
idealization or romantic love in order to afford consummation and inevitably
the prolongation of the species. So humans are wired for sex even when
libidinous desire wanes and their pheromones go on the fritz. The damage
has been done by the onset of senescence, but the neurogenic pathways of the
brain still are wired for longingeven
when there are no residues of drive. It’s like a huge highway which attracts
little traffic due to environmental adversity, population change or both. Some
older couples revert back to a kind of pre-adolescent sexuality that exhibits
the innocence and charm of a high school production of Romeo and Juliet. Of
course dementia can cause disinhibition and there is a percentage of the
elderly population who become randy. Rape and STD’s have become problems in
some nursing homes. However, the majority who neither develop infatuations or
cases of late onset satyriasis or nymphomania are faced with a challenge that requires the creation of a new form of passion that takes
the place of physical love.
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”.