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THE LOGIC OF SEX AND ITS PITFALLS

WHAT IS IT FOR? For simplicity, we could say that sex functions at three levels.  The primary function of sex is reproduction.  Here the motive for courting and then having sex is to beget a baby.  If that were all there were to it, then presumably humans would have a mating season, like other animals, and would go most of the year without engaging with this energy consuming business. However, the human infant is born immature and requires a long period of up-bringing.  This works better when…

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BEWARE OF MARRIAGE RESEARCH

There is an interesting item at https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/women-happy-children-spouse-partner-relationship-unmarried-a8931816.html The general drift is that marriage is broadly good for men but not for women and that having children brings a lot of stress that can have unfortunate consequences. This is not the first time that researchers have come to this conclusion. The article ends with the important remark that this is a subject hidden under a strong social taboo which…

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The "COR GENTIL" - Dante

Here is my translation of an early poem by Dante. It is written in the style of the "dolce stil novo" - The New Sweet Style, which started from a poem “Al cor gentil rempaira sempre amore,” by Guido Guinizelli  (d. c.1276) who is the sage mentioned below in Dante's poem. In this new form of the "sweet style" women represent angels to men (and presumably vice versa, but there are no extant poems by women). This style brings romantic and spiritual love into an equivalence. The beauty of the woman…

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BILL

Around his house, here and there,women’s clothes she did not wear.Did former lovers leave them here“Probably,” he said, “my dear.”“Should I be jealous, now?”she asked, crinkling her lovely brow.“Oh, jealousy is such a pain,”he answered, casually, again,“Monogamy is not my thing,so don’t go bringing anger in,or we shall quarrel - what’s the point?Putting each other out of joint!”“I used to think,” she archly said,“I’d let none share my dear man’s bed.”“Oh, fiddle sticks,” he gaily cried,“You’re…

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