You can find pages and pages on the internet about sex, but it's so difficult to find sites that ask the really interesting, and really difficult, questions about it.

     Even the physical side of sex is so much more mysterious than most people think it is -- because, frankly, when it comes to sex, most people don't do much . . . thinking.

Reflections on non-narcissistic, other-oriented, spousal sexual desire and love -- that is, . . . really good sex.

ABOUT US

Where We are Coming From

   Sex is fascinating, and W.L. is someone who is endlessly fascinated by it. Probably too endlessly fascinated -- but trying to make the best of that.
   No claim here to understand everything about sex -- no one does. For the most part, what you read here will reflect the view that the inner meaning of sex is spousal or marital. That is, the best orientation of human sexual desire is toward a person of the opposite sex to whom you have committed yourself completely and until death. This is not an argument about some moral rule about what sex should be -- it's an argument about the way the most fulfilling sex IS. But, of course, we don't always see or feel what's really most fulfilling -- many people feel that they are flourishing when they are doing pretty self-destructive things.
   For the most part, what you read here will be written from a male viewpoint, which is profoundly different from a female viewpoint. (The "natural"female view of sexuality is superior, overall, I think, but it takes both to get the whole picture!)
   If you want to contact me privately, email wl@thetruthaboutsex.org.

FORMING A COMMUNITY

   This website leads off by emphasizing the MYSTERY of sex, and we really mean it. So our hope is that readers will take advantage of the email link to send us their reflections. Some of those reflections will be integrated into the website. Feel free to become part of this shared exploration into the meaning of that mystery.

SETTING THE FRAMEWORK

   This website consists mostly of reflections of an older husband on marital intimacy. Why?
First, marital sex is an important part of life, and of my life in particular, so I want to understand sex better, especially the human side of sex - connecting the physiological with the emotional and psychological and intellectual. (I will also reflect a bit on the spiritual side, especially from a Catholic perspective.)

   I am sometimes struck by my own difficulties in understanding sexual matters – for example, when I try to figure out what exactly “sexual pleasure” means. Obviously, there is a certain core idea we all understand, but a bit of reflection shows how much more complicated it is than simple physical reactions.

   When I go online for answers, I am constantly surprised and disappointed by how shallow much of the material about sexual matters is.  So that has made me want to share insights I've had and even just share questions or complexities with others.

   I also want to think about and discuss how to “do” sex well – not in terms of sexual technique, but "humanly."  What does it mean to be a good person and a good husband in this particular area of married life?  And, among other things, that means seeing how marital relations fit into life more broadly – into the overarching framework of reality that we see.  (It is amazing how little the internet has on this kind of question.)

   One major limitation of this website's scope is that it will not focus on the most important thing about married sex: children.  This is not because I think children are unimportant,or at least just "optional," in marital sex (as most people today do).  They are emphatically the central "point" of marital intercourse, and if you don't understand the fundamental orientation of sex to children you just don't understand sex.

   The reason I don't discuss this dimension here -- although I assume it as part of the framework throughout -- is simply because I want to focus on a narrower, but still important range of questions that don't involve children directly.  For example, married sex after menopause doesn't involve children directly, and so couples have to adjust to that new reality psychologically.  I think part of that is paying attention to other aspects of sex that are always present in married sex but assume a greater importance after married sex (which should always be open to children) will no longer result in children because of advancing age.  This is important especially because the close tie that ought to exist between marital sex and children is the factor that most powerfully connects sex with "transcendent" -- really important -- purposes.

   On the other hand, another limitation in scope to his website is that it is not about sex in general, but about marital lovemaking.  That has tremendous consequences.

   One of the most important is the kind of woman we are talking about here.  What lovemaking is like depends so much on the character of that woman.  There are such deep differences among intercourse with a loving wife, a girlfriend who is a possible wife, a girlfriend with an uncertain future, a friendly acquaintance, a hookup, or a prostitute.  They alike in some ways, of course, but how could they be the same?  I’m not sure how useful it is to look at sex apart from its proper context – for example, at “sex between a man and a woman”, rather than “sex between a husband and wife” – because the context “colors” or affects the experience so much. The context doesn't just add something, but transforms everything.

   I’m not interested that much in what “average sex” is – what’s typical of most people.  (What is the average length of an orgasm or the average time it takes to make love.)  I want to know more about a good man who is a husband making love to a good woman who is his wife.

   There is so much talk about sex in our contemporary culture, and especially on the internet, and especially of a more technical kind – what are the right “techniques”.  But, interestingly, it’s just not clear whether there’s any more sexual satisfaction today, although that is widely assumed.  (For the record, it’s worth recalling there is no way to know for sure – we just don’t have any solid “empirical” data for sexual satisfaction until very recently – what we have is relatively little, and all anecdotal.)
   What we do have in our society today – which is suggestive – is a lot of people constantly obsessed with how to have “better sex” (usually meaning more extended periods of sexual pleasure or more intense orgasms).  If we have so much more sexual satisfaction today, now that we are liberated from our repressive past, why do people spend so much time talking about it?  Why does Cosmopolitan’s front page every month have something about “The Moves You Make That Will Drive Him Wild!”  Apparently, whatever you learned last month wasn’t enough.

   One thing about this website has to be clear: there’s no pretense here that there are final or complete answers.  Aside from the futility of trying to achieve that with such a complicated topic, there’s always the fundamental point we have to come back to: people – all of us – are different.  We have some things in common, but there is a uniqueness to every person, and so also a uniqueness to every couple.
   But, still, the things we have in common may make it possible to learn from each other.  And I hope this website can contribute to that in its small way.

CONTACT US

We look forward to thoughtful comments about marital sex from our readers. Some of the comments will be incorporated into the website. If you wish your comments to remain private, please indicate that.

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