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Re: sexist pharmacist

Posted by blueboy on July 10, 2008, at 14:17:56

In reply to Re: sexist pharmacist, posted by linkadge on July 9, 2008, at 21:41:54

> >You don't have to have sex to live a full and >productive life;
> Ok, what about vision? Its not necessary for life, but nevertheless an arguably very positive component of it. My blind roomate lives a full and productive life. If a necessary pill were to cause vision loss, most people would try to avoid that side effect.

Sex does not add to either to survival or successful functioning, other than reproduction. Vision does. In fact, other than reproduction, sex is counterproductive.

However, because it is so programmed into most people's brains (to some degree or other), a large number of individuals find that sex has other beneficial effects. Enjoyment, intimacy, a feeling of humanity, and personal image would be four. I'm not discounting any of these. It's an individual matter.

What I am saying is that people who don't have sex don't necessarily suffer any lessening of life function (unless they want children), and can even have improved life function. It depends on their personality.

More difficult is balancing. How important is sex to you vs. how important is the beneficial effect of a drug that diminishes or eliminates your sexual functioning.

You can't assume that sexual dysfunction is a disqualification or even a problem for everyone. And some people might find that it is less of a problem than they would have anticipated.

> >I'm sure that there are plenty of people who >would disagree as they cannot conceive of life >without sex -- it is a defining part of their >persona -- but believe me, there is a larger >truth.
> I think that to suggest that somebody is 'wrong' for trying to regain normal and healthy sexual function is strange. Its a natural part of life that everybody should be entitled to. I really don't see how any individual who distains from sex such is really any better than another individual.

I didn't say that, sigh. I try not to engage in normative language like "should" when talking about sex.




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