Last night on Facebook I bemoaned the fact that my well of blogging mojo had run dry. Instead of waiting for it to rain (metaphorically not meteorologically speaking), I’ve chosen to blast through my writer’s block like a movie fugitive through a police barricade. In the immortal words of Gough Whitlam* I’m going to “crash through or crash” with the big three polite dinner party conversation no-go zones.
I’l start by saying I’m not a prude or a “wowser”. I’m actually anti saving yourself for marriage. I could not think of anything more dull than only have one partner for life even if it is Michael Fassbender. You can sense a “but” coming on here cant you blog fans? Sex is wonderful and natural BUT western society’s attitude towards it is so messed up. We are bombarded with it from all forms of media almost every minute of the day. Music videos are soft porn, lingerie models gaze at us seductively from the side of city buses, every one except for me (and Lara from This Charming Mum – http://thischarmingmum.com/?s=fifty+shades+of+grey) has read 50 Shades of Grey. Being sexually attractive and able to root around like a rabbit is portrayed as the greatest achievement a woman can aspire to. However Lord help the chick who does release her inner Sam Jones from TV’s Sex & The City. Those that do exceed an acceptable number of partners are judged as “wanton hussies” which is a fancy pants way of saying “sluts”. We’re not really free to let our natural urges ebb and flow as they will. We’re pressured into looking like porn stars whilst the proverbial chastity belt remains tightly strapped on. No wonder people are confused.
I’m not a person of religious faith. When I was younger my attitude could be best surmised by Woody Allen “I’m a pessimistic agnostic. I’d like to believe there’s a God but I don’t think there is one”. As I age I’m getting down with the Stephen Hawkings school of thought. That is – understanding the laws of physics will allow humankind to “see inside the mind of God”. In saying this I don’t mean to disrespect the views of others. I believe that religions are a human construct rather than a bunch of emails from the divine. This doesn’t mean that the message is bad. The New Testament is a wonderful moral compass. Imagine how much better the world would be if everyone followed the teaching of Jesus. We’d all be doing on to others etc. The loaves and fishes would be divided evenly among the people. There would not be performance based bonus fishes and loaves for the executives. Similarly, if we all followed Buddhist practice, Miss Universe contestants would no longer be striving for “world peace” because we’d have it already. We’d be way chilled out, even road rage would be a thing of the past (almost).
I’m so moderate. When as a university student I announced by intention of “voting Democrat” to my left leaning, black clad, goatee rockin’ bad boy, crush he scornfully dismissed me as “wishy washy”. Yeh – where “wishy, washy” means reasonable! There’s a distinct imprint in my butt from a life time of sitting on the fence. The problem with me is that I can see both sides to an argument. This makes partisanship difficult. People who make unfounded blanket statements about either side of politics irritate me no end. The people who spout “Labor will ruin the economy” are just as bad as the people who blame John Howard for the Cronulla riots. Mind you the current Labor party seems to be doing its level best to destroy what should have been a solid position.
So there you go. I’ve traversed three taboo topics and I haven’t had a glass of wine yet. There’s a bottle of Pinot Gris in the fridge with my name on it. Meanwhile I welcome your dissent.
* For you Gen Ys Gough Whitlam was Prime Minister of Australia from 1972 to 1975. He was the dude who got kicked out by the Governor General. He also inspired the band “The Whitlams”. Your grandparents are still deeply affected by this event. In fact if you ever want to piss your grand parents off just mention “Gough Whitlam”.