The Museum of Sex

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There were tons of examples of homosexuality
and autoeroticism (that’s masturbation, but you knew that!) in animals.  That was pretty cool to me, especially the
autoeroticism.  I’d always heard that
animals only copulated for procreation purposes.  I think the Bible-thumpers even used that to
imply that procreation is the only legitimate reason for having sex (because
the animals would know, right?).  Some
examples:  female elephants will use
their trunks to stimulate other females in their herd, and there was a pair of
penguins—both male—who kept trying to hatch out an egg-shaped rock.  The zookeepers finally found an abandoned egg
and the lucky couple had a chick.  They
stayed together as a couple for six years; then one of them moved on to a
female.  The other is still single.  Dolphins, whales, giraffes… you name it,
they’ve documented either masturbation or homosexuality… or both.  Turns out, girls aren’t the only ones who
“just wanna have fun!”

The most interesting part (OK, except for
the monkey with the turquoise balls and the red penis, but that was a passing
fancy) for me, was the idea of monogamy in the animal kingdom.  Sociologists have long claimed that monogamy
is a natural state for humans, and they cite animals like geese, swans, ducks,
and the desert vole as examples of monogamous animals.  Turns out, they were wrong.  These animals do stay together, often for
life, in a socially monogamous partnership. 
Sexually however, the instances of EPC (Extra Pair Coupling) was a
staggering 95-97%.  They figured this out
by doing DNA testing on the offspring and were shocked to find how many other
partners were involved. 

It really got me thinking:  is our entire social structure around sex,
relationships and monogamy flawed?  Given
how many people I work with in my coaching practice who are unhappy in their
relationships, I’d have to say YES.  I do
believe there are some pioneers in the field working to shift the paradigm, and
I believe that Tantra is an important part of the foundation of that new
paradigm.  It’s not going to happen
overnight, but personally, I’m willing to do my part in making it happen, and I
know Pinkee is too.

I’ll tell you more about the museum next
time, so stay tuned! *_~

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