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Sexuality as a political, economic and cultural force - Part Five PDF Print E-mail
Life – Consciousness

sexual_freedomSexuality as freedom
This element of sexuality is particularly central and has a double effect - both positive and negative.
Sexuality is the strongest factor which could render human beings independent of parental and social coercion, which means that this independation also brings with it the possibility of the influence of new ideas.

 

Ancestor worship is a characteristic of fundamentalist societies. At the same time, of course, there is also the negative side, in the sense that the young person perhaps becomes independent, but is not aware of the needs of stages in life and lives with the illusion that his/her present priorities will remain the same all through life. This is the other aspect of the former traditional self-centredness.


Both coercion and independence can, as the case may be, express a cruelty, either because of jealousy and a desire for superiority, in the first case, or by reason of indifference in the second.

On the other hand, the expression of sexuality, precisely because in the past it was laden with guilt and obstructed, was regarded as a major expression of freedom - and in fact it was - but this does not mean that in the background of this freedom there was not competition, fear, complexes, and the use of this freedom for influence and coercion, at least at a personal level. At the present day it is the fashion, just as the reverse was the fashion in the Victorian era. Though it has increased freedom, at the same time it has increased lack of it, because its involvement with money, fear, and seduction has not ceased.

We are not capable of imagining what the pure sexuality of man would be like, because money acts as sexual seductiveness, as do fear and standardised behaviours, which with mathematical precision attract the sexes to one another, demonstrating the existence of automatic 'response mechanisms' and not of willed choices. Instincts are not will. The issue with man is that other factors have become involved in sexuality, apart from the physical, such as emotion and the intellect, so that we either convert everything into physical sexuality with monstrous results, because the body does not have this capability of responding on so many levels of unilateral apprehension, or we shall 'transubstantiate', to use Max Weber's expression, a part of the trend towards sexuality into something else.

Typical examples of such transformations could be found, in earlier times, in mystical attempts at union with God (something which is, naturally, impossible today!), and in creative efforts which express man more holistically, as, for example, is the case with art and science. Nevertheless, even there mistakes can be made, and this depends on the direction of the quality of the art and its motive. Furthermore, it would perhaps be beneficial to look at things with precisely a flow quite the opposite of how we apprehend them today.

Instead of thinking that sexuality (as a given) is to be transformed, we should realise exactly the reverse - that is, that trends which have their seat in the unconscious are attempting to express themselves, but cannot find mature receptacles in the world of appearance apart from the instincts, such as the sexual, with the consequences described above. This could simplify our thinking, without rendering it simplistic, and we could safely say that sexuality will not be significantly reduced, but that today it is a 'bubble', similar to the economic bubble, which has to find its true dimension - then it will be a factor for happiness.

Sexuality itself is regarded as a characteristic chiefly of youth, which in its turn is considered a value superior to that of more advanced ages. All this complexity of nonsense and our self-deception would normally cause amusement, were it not so serious a matter because of its mass nature, so that it puts a brake on the healing of society's  diseased roots.

Life itself is multipolar, but has ended up virtually monopolar and mono-organic, because of man's obsession. And the constant reminder of his animality connects him with the memory of the uselessness of ageing animals and their worthlessness, thus intensifying even further, because of his developed mind, fear and fixation with youth. However, man possesses a conscious spirit and this should put him at a point of evolution beyond the animal and render possible the evaluation of his life with many more parameters than physical mortality. And even youth will be relieved of the superfluous and useless burdens of excesses.

You may also read:
SEXUALITY AS A POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL FORCE - PART ONE -- Introduction -Sexuality as inequality and as a means
SEXUALITY AS A POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL FORCE - PART TWO -- Sexuality as self-definition
SEXUALITY AS A POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL FORCE - PARE THREE -- Sexuality as an antidote to fear
SEXUALITY AS A POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL FORCE - PART FOUR -- Sexuality as socialization
SEXUALITY AS A POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL FORCE - PART SIX -- Sexuality as seduction
SEXUALITY AS A POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL FORCE - PART SEVEN -- Sexuality as seduction in marriage

Ioanna Moutsopoulou, Lawyer
Member of the Secretariat of Solon NGO

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