Sunday, October 26, 2008

aye aye aye...


“Don't have sex man. It leads to kissing and pretty soon you have to start talking to them.”

~ Steve Martin

Well gosh... sex. Hmmm... how do we talk about sex, you know, responsibly? I know my teens don't want to hear it. And we as a nation can freak out over the silliest of incidents, like Janet Jackson's .5 second nipple flash during a Super Bowl halftime performance. (Googling the words - Janet Jackson Super bowl - brings up 348,000 hits) I swear, that moment of flash raised so much hullabaloo you'd think she'd dropped her drawers and mooned the President. A thought I'm sure that has occurred to more than a just few citizens over the last 7 1/2 years...

I mean I'm 57 and I've had sex a few times in my adult life. As a man, sex has on occasion occupied a bit of my mental meanderings (but no more than 80 - 90 % of the time!) and I've been through periods both of activity and of abstinence. Personally? I'd rather be active... with a partner... than not. And luckily these days I've found a woman friend that is both good looking and... mmmm... active. Plus she is intelligent, passionate, well read and well travelled. And an old hippie. We make each other laugh. Not just giggling but full blown gut-busting laughter. During sex! Whats with that? And I must admit, sex is better now than when I was a young man. Who woulda thunk it?

What is it that makes this nation so weird about sex? Puritanical roots? Obviously at least a few folks engage in sex as we keep reproducing. Our schools still have kids in them... hospitals and midwives keep delivering babies... so, someone somewhere is engaging in the act. Watch TV and you can see how important boobs are. And certainly in comedy sex has a large role. Even Presidents have been known to have sex... but on TV sex is used to sell virtually everything. Have you ever noticed in commercials for products totally not connected with sex, how prevalent cleavage is? Especially beer... beer drinkers love boobs. Apparently...

But how silly does this US obsession get (beyond Jackson's nipple)? (hah... and you thought this was really about sex...)

The Obsessed with Breasts Public Awareness Campaign "ignited controversy and comment around the world."

Is the above image shocking? Not for me. Neither is it titillating. Apparently it was controversial enough to get the ads banned in the SF Bay Area. It is about a real issue for many women. Over 180,000 women will be found with breast cancer this year. 40,000 women will die from breast cancer this year.

With all the ills that plague us, with all the disease and starvation that occurs daily in the world we all need to participate in some way towards moving modern "civilization" away from the world that focuses far more on bombs than starving babies. Breast cancer activists have started what is a very visible and impressive Pink Campaign. As usual... there are profiteers who portray themselves as helping the Breast Cancer Awareness movement. Unlike legitimate supporters these profiteers only put on a facade. Be aware of Think Before You Pink. Give your time and/or money, but give intelligently, know where your resources are going and make sure they go where they will do some good.

In these tough economic times, make every investment count. Create health. End the 21st century campaigns of war. We must change. We must seek peace. Prosperity and health, not clusterbombs and misery. Feed the starving. Money for peace, not war. Race to the cure., etc...

“Approximately one in seven American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and more than 2 million Americans are living with breast cancer today. I am joining the more than 200,000 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.”

~ Sheryl Crow


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