During a discussion on transexuals I was recently asked, “How does one know how it feels to be the opposite sex?” I answered. “How does one know how it feels to be the sex we are born into?” How one feels is chromosome/hormonally based, and is not specifically male and female but straddles a wide continuum. Society feels most comfortable labeling individuals male and female making people who do not ‘feel’ in either extreme (whatever the label) uncomfortable. As a society we not only create these labels but decide how the sexes typically would dress, play and work – gender roles.
I would like to add one more variable to this complex human below: ‘Social Orientation’, who we prefer to socialize with. Some people are more comfortable with the feminine others with people that exhibit more masculine qualities.
What would society look like if everyone could comfortably, “Do their own thing?” Personally I think it would be far more diverse and interesting.
Next Tuesday come celebrate the Erotic Literary Salon’s 5th anniversary, May 21st. Free copy of SenSexual: A Unique Anthology 2013 will be given away, plus some special entertainment – Fusion Flamenco dancing by Irene Reinke.
Please watch this brief wonderful trailer; with Bach’s famous “Adagio from Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, BWV 974” in the background in cannot be bad. Trailer 2 1/2 minutes and an extra video of Van Anh playing the entire concerto, only 4 1/2 minutes.
This Sunday, 5/12/13 Dr. Reverend Beverly Dale, an attendee of the Erotic Literary Salon, will offer the sermon – Out of the Head, Into the Body, then Out of the Body into Ecstasy. Dr. Rev Bev Dale as she is affectionately, has a wonderful website with some great FREE videos. http://www.beverlydale.org/home/
Sometimes we think too much. This can easily get us into trouble both in the bedroom and on our faith journey. Thinking too much in the bedroom can become what is known as ‘spectatoring’, the practice of watching intimacy rather than experiencing it. And, in our spiritual lives faith and religion simply get reduced to a list of things to believe and becomes a series of platitudes. (Yawn!) But, just as we can experience sexual ecstasy by getting out of our heads and into our bodies, this parallels the spiritual journey as well. We can be moved to experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power and the unity of spirit that Jesus prayed for by shifting our attention in this same way. And in so doing it just might help us experience what the mystics have known through the centuries in all religions; ecstasy as a spiritual reality.
If this interests you, check out Rev Bev’s sermon at 10:00 a.m. at Tabernacle United Church, 3700 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA or watch their website for the audio recording. www.tabunited.org
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4 Videos Below-Readings are only recorded at the request of the presenter.
Monica Day performance/reading two poems: The Fifth Year and This is My Body for January 2013 Erotic Literary Salon
M. Dante reading SKIN dedicated to the art and inspiration of Heide Hatry for December 2013 Erotic Literary Salon
Frances' reading,“Go the Fok to Sleep”
Dr. Susana Mayer’s NBC10 interview of “50 Shades of Grey”