Sex, Religion, Politics


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.

1) Sex

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 – 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.

Put it away Ga-Ga

2) Religion

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).

Life of Brian – If there is a God, he found this movie hilarious.

3) Politics

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.

Tony is personally trying to Stop The Boats.

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.

Keep thinking



* 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”.

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15 thoughts on “Sex, Religion, Politics

  1. Thanks for linking to my non-review of 50 Shades. I still think it’s crap, though clearly many millions of readers beg to differ! A few thoughts about your post: 1. Thank goodness it’s Ga Ga in that photo and not Tony in his speedos; 2. If the baby boomers were driven mad by Whitlam, the Gen Xers were similarly driven mad by The Whitlams – there was a time there when I thought if I heard No Aphrodisiac one more time I’d throw the car stereo out the window. 3. My butt cheeks are also lamenting the demise of the Democrats; Natasha S-D was my hero at uni – smart, attractive, regularly on Good News Week (back when it was cool) and very, very reasonable – my kind of politician. Hate writer’s block – great job crashing through.

    • I’ve got a meme in mind for Tony Abbott – stay tuned it will rock your sox! 😉 As for the Democrats, perhaps they can rise like a Phoenix from the ashes. We need a force to “keep the bastards honest” whilst wearing Doc Martens.

  2. I haven’t read 50 shades either!!

    • Good to hear Ann. That makes at least four of us now – me, you, Lara and Tegan! I hate it when people tell you how appallingly written the 50 Shades books are then add something like “by the third book I was really sick of them having sex every five minutes”.

  3. I’m gen Y and I know who Gough Whitlam is. I also refuse to read 50 Shades. I kinda look down my nose at people who think it’s the ‘greatest book they’ve read’. Go pick up a real book people. One that doesn’t dumb you down at least.

  4. Hey, great post!! And I’m thrilled to have found two other people who have NOT read 50 shades!! YAY

  5. Me too, I haven’t read 50 shades! We all know someone who we should never bring religion or politics into a conversation! Great post considering you were blocked!

  6. I haven’t read 50 Shades and don’t intend to. There’s many reasons, but among them is that there’s better (from what I’ve heard) erotica available for free on the internet 🙂

  7. I saw the band ‘voice of the beehive’ many moons ago and they wore t-shirts during their encore that said ‘tits, hips, lips, power’. Thats the message I’d like young girls to learn, not this subservient 50 shades crap (plus even more shit music videos) that is every where in the media.

  8. Great post! You don’t sound very broken to me.

    I’m a fellow 50 shades conscientious objector. Am I lucky #9? Nothing against porn, erotica, etc, but PLENTY against very bad writing. I believe it didn’t even finish being edited before it was published. Why bother? There are too many good books to read before I die, and my mantra is that life’s too short to read a bad book.

    And Lydia – yes – I hear you. Tired of having to change the radio station (and keep the TV off on saturday mornings) cos I’m unnerved by my girls wandering around singing ‘I’m sexy and I know it’. I’m not a prude either, but I am when it comes to protecting them from growing up too fast.

    • Rhianna is annoying me at the moment. I really dont want P1 chanting “I may be bad, but I’m perfectly good at it. Sex in the air, I dont care I love the smell of it” etc etc.

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