Tracker Pixel for Entry

​American sex, lies, and lots of videotape

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | Gadfly | December 6th, 2017

If men will be boys, will women be girls?

This sexual harassment thing is way beyond a minor kerfuffle, but it remains to be seen if it has finally reached the ultimate tipping point. Groping private parts, grabbing butts and breasts, the laying on of hands, sextexting, propositioning, and brute force have gone on for millennia. If Adam did not harass Eve in the Garden of Eden, then Cain and Abel must have started it a little later.

I believe in the long-held axiom that a male human body contains just enough blood to operate the brain and penis—but never at the same time. Donald Trump, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, and other sexmongers and creeps definitely have a shortage of blood. The blood problem will not end soon, even if Our Great Leader exposed his at least 20 times, according to his present accusers.

Christine Embe in her article “Let’s Rethink Sex” in the Washington Post has a possible answer to our sexual drives: “At the bottom of all this confusion sits a fundamental misframing: that there’s some baseline amount of sex that we should be getting or at least should be allowed to pursue. Following from that is the assumption that the ability to pursue and satisfy our sexual desires—whether by hitting on that co-worker even if we’re at a professional lunch, or by pursuing a sexual encounter even when reciprocity is unclear—is paramount. At best, our sexual freedom should be circumscribed only by the boundary of consent. Any other obstacle is not to be borne.”

If you have a better idea…..The consent code might eliminate flashing bathrobes, after-shower towels, strutting around naked as Adam and Eve, public masturbation, and the elk-like bellowing of actors, rap and rock stars in rut.

Have love and sex come to this?
When wife Tine returned to her Atlanta home and husband James after spending nine months caring for her ailing mother, she discovered four sex robots under the care of her 58-year-old husband. This weird story was covered by Fiona Sturges in The Guardian, a newspaper that keeps up with what’s happening. Evidently Tine has left James now because of his new artificially intelligent silicone companions—but Fiona doesn’t reveal that.

Each morning he dresses them and applies makeup. If they are going to watch TV with him, he bends them into sitting positions and adjusts their eyeballs. Sometimes he takes them on picnics--which requires more personal attention. He shares a bed with them at least four times a week and has sex with them. They are his silicone sweethearts, presently unable to “respond” too much to his entreaties.

But a company called Realbotix is working on sex robots that will smile, pout, flutter eyelashes, tell jokes and converse with their owner, and will have heated and lubricated private parts complete with muscle spasms and simulated orgasms. A sex consumer will have many difficult choices to make about body parts.

When he was asked what he would do if he had to choose between Tine and his sex dolls, James responded: “I honestly don’t know.”

When 81% of white evangelicals helped elect King Donald they were not making a Christian statement, they were making a political power statement. When Alabama evangelicals say they will vote for Senate candidate Roy Moore who, when in his thirties, was chasing teenage girls around a local mall and catching some of them, do they have any Christian values left? It’s definitely a power thing, not a religious thing.

41% of white evangelicals say God involves himself in the outcome of sports. 25% think God chooses the Super Bowl winner. 28% say Donald Trump was God’s winner—and was His selection to lead the United States.

One might think they are so religious they would try to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. Evidently political power, appointment of federal judges, anti-abortion legislation, and preservation of white power is more important than sticking to Christian ideology. Perhaps the evangelicals should reacquaint themselves with Jesus Christ by reading “The Real Jesus: What Archeology Reveals About His Life” in the latest National Geographic.

What would Jesus do in this Roy Moore situation? Perhaps puke? The Bible and its readers can justify anything. During a six-month period in 1975-76 over 1.5 million pet rocks were sold to a “believing” public. Same deal.

According to the Bible, the Eves have always been second-class slaves to Adams
If there is a religion around that does not have extremists, let me know so I can join. Among us Christians live the “Serpent Seed and Kenites” crowd who believe that Satan had sex with both Adam and Eve and that Cain might be a product of a liaison between Satan and Eve.

The serpent group believes a verse from Genesis three in the King James Version supports their idea: “And the Lord God said unto the woman: ‘What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, ‘The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.” The word “beguile” also means “to seduce” or “to deceive,” according to some dictionaries.

According to Alabama conservative evangelicals who support Roy Moore, who often expresses his love for the Ten Commandments and can quote many sections of the Bible at will, his interest in having sex or intimacy with teenagers when he was in his thirties is supported by the Bible.

There is nothing about women giving their consent in the Bible. Females were created to serve males and to do everything for the benefit of males. After all, Eve was made from Adam’s rib so he could have a “helpmeet” because there was no other animal in God’s world who would be a suitable companion and helper.

God’s punishment for Eve leading Adam down the Garden of Eden path was God’s curse: “I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing: in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”

There’s lots of sexual hanky-panky going on in almost every section of the Bible. Think of King David and Bathsheba. Think of King Solomon and his thousand wives and concubines. Nowhere in the Old or New Testament is there a single thought of a woman actually giving her consent to all this sexual hanky-panky.

Women are legal chattel, the property of males, just like livestock, children, and slaves. Males own the “fruits of their womb,” thus selling off slaves born to slaves. Virginity is prized only because the price goes up for the female. Young girls were offered to old men. Feminism in the Bible is extremely rare even if Mary Magdalene was Christ’s buddy.

How do you change a culture saturated with sex?
I was watching an NFL football game last week when Corky came into the den from watching the Miss Universe contest in our living room. Her summary: “It’s almost nothing but a boobs and butt contest.” She did add that the winner had not displayed her physical attributes as much as the other candidates.

How long have Kardashian boobs and butts been on TV? Changing a culture saturated with sex is going to be difficult for all 60 gender identities.

Senator Al Franken is accused of harassing a USO actress who was a model for Hooters, Playboy, and Fredericks of Hollywood. The restaurant chain Hooters tried to build an empire on tight T-shirts, very tiny short-shorts, and elastic bras. Playboy has been selling sex and female nudity since its first copy. Fredericks sells sexy underwear and gauzy short night “gowns.” Perhaps Al’s friend wore nun’s habits while not on the job.

Of course, that’s no excuse for Al giving her sloppy kisses and groping her breasts while she was sleeping. But a video of that USO performance shows this virginal queen who was “shocked” by Franken’s kiss groped the butt of a male singer on stage and then rubbed her butt against his scrotum.

One night last week I spent about ten minutes in abject depravity examining about 15 pictures of Victoria’s Secret models strutting on the runway in their annual show. With wearing only three Kleenexes, the Victorias couldn’t have kept any secrets from anybody. We have heard people say: “With what she was wearing the woman was asking for it.” I suppose some women have.

But now men advertise their sexuality with tight-muscle shirts and Speedos. At least for now males no longer wear codpieces. The practice ended in the 17th Century. The word “cod” stands for scrotum where the testicles and penis are sometimes in repose. Before trousers were generally worn males wore a padded and bulging codpiece to cover the area between the hips and the leggings. To advertise what they were hiding, codpieces were often covered in silk or velvet and bejeweled and embroidered. Metal codpieces were made to wear with suits of armor. The size of the codpiece often indicated “whether they were asking for it.”

The physicality of sexual harassment is an important factor
When Corky and I were married at age 22, I weighed in at 195 pounds after playing eight years of high school and college football and in Marine Corps boot camp. Corky at 125 pounds was in great shape after being a lifeguard, diver, and tumbling cheerleader in high school and college.

When I went out into a parking lot at midnight, I knew I could probably handle 95% of the human race if I had to defend myself. When Corky went out into that same parking lot at midnight, she knew that she could defend herself from only 45% of the human population.

Physical strength is an element we have to consider in many human situations, including the sexual arena. The male with all of his raging hormones and bloodless brain can be a gentle man, a loose cannon, or a sex maniac.

When the “woebegone” Garrison Keillor was “fired” by Minnesota Public Radio for sexual harassment he made this statement: “I believe the country is in the grip of mania.”

He is right, but the mania is long overdue. The culture has to change. But because brains and penises require a very strong flow of blood, it will take at least two more quarts to achieve it.

Cultures can change quickly. Palm Springs, California citizens recently elected three gay men, a transgender, and a bisexual woman as the five members of their city council. This dramatically shows the sciences are rapidly chipping away at religious nonsense.

Recently in:

OXBOW N.D. – Marcus Larson stops along freshly tarred Trent Jones Drive, careful not to spill his coffee swishing in a ceramic mug. He’s aware his 1991 Chevy pickup doesn’t belong amongst the neighborhood’s Porsches and…

The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County (HCSCC) has been dedicated to the preservation of the history of Clay County. Since their mission is “To collect, preserve, interpret, and share the history and culture of Clay…

Thursday, December 21, 6-9pmSanctuary Events Center, 670 4th Ave NGet in the Christmas spirit singing your favorite Christmas songs with friends and family. Music provided by the Good Shepherd band (Lutheran Church of the Good…

According to a New York Times article titled: “Tinder, the Fast-Growing Dating App, Taps an Age-Old Truth,” close to 50 million people use Tinder. On average they spend 90 minutes a day assessing their matches. Men are three…

What the hell is happening to this country?For a long time the United States has been considered to be the richest and most powerful country in the world. Our president has been the leader of the free world for decades because of…

cjlarson75@gmail.comNewly remodeled since July of this year, the Spirits Lounge inside the Holiday Inn in Fargo takes the lounge concept to a level of comfort that isn’t often seen in town.On one side of the room, underneath two…

On the Corner of University and Northern Pacific sits a building that has just been revitalized. Once a horse barn, this large picturesque structure now houses Wild Terra Cider and Brewing. When the new owners Breezee and Ethan…

“The DIY scene welcomed me in at the age of 15 and I never left. The DIY scene has allowed me to travel to 49 of the 50 US states. I have made friends all over this country that I will have for the rest of my life. People…

On her biggest canvas to date, filmmaker Dee Rees paints a vivid picture of two American families in “Mudbound,” a deeply satisfying drama based on Hillary Jordan’s 2008 novel.Adapting the screenplay with collaborator Virgil…

hanhe@mnstate.eduThere are a variety of types of events and groups in our communities that encourage and support women. Robin Swanson, organizer of Her Story, wanted to create another special event for herself and other women. “I…

Theater B is now opening its second show of the season with a play entitled "I Will Not Go Gently" by Jennifer Childs. "This clever one-woman show plays with our sense of nostalgia and shines a light on our quest for self…


​Talking to strangers

by Sabrina Hornung

“I don’t have a tour, like, on the back of a sweatshirt,” comedian Paula Poundstone says. “I go out every weekend. This weekend I went out Friday, Saturday and Monday. Mostly it’s Friday/Saturday or Thursday through…

Believe it or not, “The Holidays” are upon us. If you’ve been to Target lately, and I know you have, you may have noticed that the Christmahanakwanzika stuff is already up (if you’re unsure of that term, Google it).In fact,…

Essential oils. They are all the buzz lately. It seems everyone has heard of them or is purchasing them. Some people know how to use them; others are just interested in the wonder of their complex scents.Essential oils are as…

Live and Learn

​The other shoe

by HPR Contributor

By Elizabeth Nawrotnawrot@mnstate.eduI look up from my hotel lobby breakfast astonished to see a framed print of Wassily Kandinsky's "Mit und Gegen,” a masterpiece of color and composition that just happens to be my favorite…

By Tony I do not blame any company for seeking incentives. Rather, I blame the government for giving them away. Incentives represent an unfair and unsustainable tax system that affects real people.Some…