The expression of one’s sexuality is a very basic part of being human. Many of us are taught from a very young age to view our sexual yearnings as something that we should suppress, and feel guilty about. We are expected to condemn those that are free and open with their bodies and with their sexual expression.
Neuro-scientist David Linden blows that kind of repressive thinking apart in his book, The Compass of Pleasure. The secrets of brain science have revealed that sexual behavior is not just about conscious compulsion. In fact, it is perhaps even more attributable to the subtleties of brain chemistry. There are parts of our brains that are specifically associated with pleasureable feelings. Sex is one way we experience pleasure. It’s natural. It’s part of our biology.
Our sexual identity is largely shaped by our individual biology. What we appreciate; what we value; what we enjoy as sexual beings is in our DNA. It’s biology, and as such, as long as it’s not destructive to ourselves and to others, it should be tolerated and not be subject to any kind of culturally misguided moral policing.
Here is a link to David Linden’s webpage…
Originally published www.ecstatictruthpdx.blogspot.com 4/17/12