Has the sexual revolution reached its zenith?
Perhaps it has. With the introduction of gay marriage, and the acceptance of sexual activities between people of the same gender, bisexuality has become a much sought after activity and looked on by the youth of today as a trendy evolution more gratifying than being straight-laced and conventional.
They say it gives sex a new dimension since the indulgents in both variations claim to have found their elixir in this alternate and comprehensive practice. Although there is nothing new on the face of the earth to do with sexual behaviour, if we go back to the Old Testament and Sodom & Gomorrah, to the Greeks and Romans, whose orgies were almost an essential part of their way of life, or to Lesbos, where women were rampant in their love to their own gender, we can confidently say that we have seen it all – metaphorically if you wish, through the historical remnants of ancient art.
But as the world grew into well-structured and civilised societies and with the widespread growth of religious fervour, spiritual affinities began to influence our thinking and the way we live. Cultural revolutions were also a key factor in diverting our attention from the seminal to the subliminal. But like fashion, as we progress we often go back and copy the trends of many a past generation, which we have found more enriching and conceptually timeless.
But as sex is usually addictive and its boundaries beyond our reach, more than we care to admit, its odd resurgence from time to time in different forms is part and parcel of its mysterious hold on any living creature. What’s happening today is that liberalism, a force for the good, has also become a force for insatiability, some of which may well be commendable and necessary and some bad.
Feminism, in particular, had an important role to play in the liberation of women, now major players in a world where political correctness is responsible for many of our ills today. Often it protects those who abuse the system under the guise of victimisation. Although there is a clear disparity between assailant and victim, a reversal of roles might take place when least envisaged. The same applies to sex.
Total liberation, in whatever form, is likely to create problems that could lead to muddy waters. Men who invariably think about sex most of the time are perhaps the real culprits in this sexual revolution where anything goes. Their treatment of women as mere sexual objects drives women to seek solace in every which way with their own gender. And once they taste the delicious scent and honey-like skin of other women they get hooked.
The actress Lêa Seydoux, who created the most desirably haunting gay woman in the film Blue is the Warmest Colour, the French love story which won the Palme d’Or in Cannes last year, is the prime example of how lovemaking between two beautiful women can be irresistibly erotic to both sexes.
This interaction illustrates why bisexuality has become the new phenomenon of a hungry generation that seeks an adventurous sex life in preference to the boredom of a one-way traffic that can send you to sleep and possibly to a mortal accident. As improvisation in most things keeps the ardour of youth on a high, sexual impulses invigorate the beating heart.
So where do we go from here? The pursuit of bodily excesses can, in the long run, give us the carnal thrills we all yearn for but that can have devastating effects later on. However, if you care to burn the candle at both ends and suffer the consequences in old age, carry on while you can and the devil be damned – or for that matter be celebrated.