Relax, there’s no porn here. If that’s what you’re after, you’re in the wrong place.
But we do like sex, in all it’s variety, and talking about it. Not just this week’s politician caught with his pants down – we’re interested of course, but everyone else is blogging about that. We’re more likely to write about Bill Clinton wrestling with “Don’t ask don’t tell” in the armed services, than about him doing the same with Monica Lewinsky.
We have a view about sex and politics. It’s a simple one. Unless someone is physically harming another without their consent, the state should get out of the bedroom. Right out. The government should not just allow people to engage in all types of consensual sex, watch porn and pay prostitutes, it should stop subsidizing sex. That means not paying for contraception, abortion or sex therapy. It should stop providing sex education. It should stop encouraging people to have, or not have, children. All these things are important but they are private choices which should be made by free individuals without coercion. They are no business of government. We’ll write more about this.
We’ll be alerting readers to thinkers with interesting things to say about sex. People like the Soviet historian Robert Conquest, the late marijuana activist Peter McWilliams, and the transgendered scientist Joan Roughgarden,
Getting the state out of our sex lives is a serious business, but sex itself fun. Reading and writing about it should be too. We like the poems of Gavin Ewart, the novels of John Updike, and the short stories of Alan Bennett. We like to read what the Archbishop of Canturbury has to say about homosexuality, and then watch him struggle to resolve the problem of gay bishops in his church.
Perhaps it’s prurient, but reading about the sex lives of the rich and famous is also fun. Who wouldn’t be interested in Philip Larkin’s tangled love life and his fascination with porn, Kingsley Amis’s menage a trois, the unusual trajectory of the great singer Tom Robinson’s sex life, Harold MacMillan’s cuckolding, or Gold Meir’s promiscuity? Visit ripe-tomato.org regularly, and you’ll learn about all of them and more.
If we’ve whetted your appetite, click sex in the right hand “categories” box?