Cross posted @ God Is For Suckers!
One of the stranger fixations of the religious is on behavior - specifically sexual behavior. It is, after all, why they're so threatened by evolution. Sex is at the heart of evolution, and as a by-product, it is also at the heart of the human condition.
One of the constant nonsenses that the religious spout is that specifically, anal sex is 'unnatural'. One protest among many against the homosexual lifestyle.
While this is an unhealthy practice, anyone can skew an analysis to show that all sexual behavior is unhealthy. Because let's face facts, we're pretty much an unsanitary species. We're shot through and through with bacteria, benign and malign. Hell, human bites are among the top 10 percentile of infectious bites (among mammals). Our entertainment centers are located smack dab in the middle of a waste disposal plant. Having sex with the wrong person in the wrong way regardless of gender can wreck your liver. The list goes on.
Still, I try to abide by Tennessee Williams' words, "Nothing human disgusts me."
So I was flashing back on an old blogversation from about 3 years ago. I challenged the religious fellow to try out the old Asian pearl trick. (This is an item I read about 30 years back in Penthouse - yes, some of us DID read the articles!) I have on occasion used this on religious bloggers, when they whip out that tired refrain that the 'anus is only for one thing!' I challenge them to try it out with their wives. 9 out of 10 times, there's a vast silence.
Being a 50 year old male, I've been researching the prostate, as it is a danger zone for men. (No, not that kind of research, getcher mind outta the gutter. Let's just say, that when my doctor examined me, I'm surprised I didn't break his finger, and leave it at that.)
Somehow, I stumbled on the subject of prostate massage.
For something that's designated for only one purpose, this comes as a surprise to most men, I'll warrant:
The prostate, also known as the "P-spot" or the "male G-spot," takes part of the sexual response cycle in males, and is a key contributor to male orgasm. Located adjacent to the anterior rectal wall, it can be stimulated manually. Fluids collected in the prostate are released during orgasm.
And, like any sexual behavior, it involves some serious risk factors:
Prostate massage is part of the digital rectal examination (DRE) routinely given to men by urologists in order to look for nodules of prostate cancer and to obtain expressed prostatic secretions (EPS) for examination under microscope.
In the late 1990s, some doctors tried prostate massage in conjunction with antibiotics for the treatment of chronic bacterial prostatitis with uncertain results. In recent trials, however, prostate massage was not shown to improve outcomes compared to antibiotics alone. As a consequence of these findings, prostate massage is not used in the treatment of any medical disorder today, and prostate massage should never be performed on patients with acute prostatitis, because the infection can spread elsewhere in the body if massage is performed.
In addition, prostate massage can be risky. Some of the documented consequences are life-threatening periprostatic hemorrhage, cellulitis, Fournier's gangrene, septicaemia, possible disturbance and metastasis of prostate cancer to other parts of the body, and hemorrhoidal flare-up.
This specific paragraph caught my eye, however:
Electroejaculation is a procedure in which nerves are stimulated via an electric probe, which is inserted into the rectum adjacent to the prostate. It is most commonly encountered in animal husbandry for the purpose of collecting semen samples for testing or breeding.
I'd say we can fairly rule out the Amish in regards to this practice, but I wonder - how many good Christian farmers utilize this technique? (Somehow, I get this image of these two 'good ole boys' chewing their wheat stalks and watching 'Will And Grace' - "Goddam queers", "Yup, hey Jebediah, time to go milk the bull. C'mon.")
The long and short of it is - we are highly complex creatures, both physically and mentally, and no amount of simplistic reductionism can change that.
So - let the innuendo begin.
This is the Apostate, signing out.