‘Sex is more than an act of pleasure, its’ the ability to be able to feel so close to a person, so connected, so comfortable that it’s almost breathtaking to the point you feel you can’t take it. And at this moment you’re a part of them.’ – Unknown

‘It is not sex that gives the pleasure, but the lover.’ – Marge Piercy

“Sex is the seed, love is the flower, compassion is the fragrance.” – Osho: Zen, Zest, Zip, Zap and Zing Chapter 3

“Someday, after mastering the winds, tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of sexual love. Then, for the second time in history, we shall have discovered fire!”- Teilhard de Chardin

“Respect and consideration for women mark the precepts. All women are to be looked upon as manifestations of the Great Mother.” – Kaulavali Nirnaya Tantra (circa 1600 CE)

“To the pure in heart, everything is pure.” – Kaulavali Nirnaya Tantra (circa 1600 CE)

Tantric sex involves the union of two people on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.- Chandi Devi

Tantric sex is the sublime, mystical worship between the opposite polarities of Shiva/Shakti, yin/yang, feminine/masculine for a mutually higher purpose, that is, for their self-realization. – Chandi Devi

“Pay respect to womankind, as they are born of the family of the Divine Mother. Abuse or punish them not, in however a mild manner, whatever the reason. Give attention to their worth and excellences, not their shortcomings.”- Katha Upanishad (Vedic/Hindu)

“Not those are true husband and wife that with each other [merely] consort: Truly wedded are those that in two frames, are as one light.” – Adi Granth (Sikh scripture)

“Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.” – Book of Proverbs (Old Testament/Judaism) Proverbs 5:19, on husband/wife relations:

“And the companion of the [Savior is] Mary Magdalene. [But Christ loved] her more than all the disciples, and used to kiss her often on her mouth.” – Gospel of Philip (from the Gnostic Gospels, Nag Hammadi Library)

“If anything is sacred the human body is sacred” Walt Whitman

“For flavor, instant sex will never supersede the stuff you have to peel and cook.” Quentin Crisp

“In truth, for all its preoccupation with sex, our culture still adamantly refuses to address sexual eros with the simple wonder, open curiosity, and profound respect it deserves. And so we have no complex, imaginative and affirmative culture – written or visual – that is deliberately, honestly and sexually erotic.” – David Steinburg

Pro-Sex, Anti-Porn – Anti porn feminist

Pornography has been so thickly glossed over with the patina of chic these days in the name of verbal freedom and sophistication… Part of the problem is that those who traditionally have been the most vigorous opponents of porn are often those same people who shudder at the explicit mention of any sexual subject… There can be no equality in porn, no female equivalent, no turning of the tables in the name of bawdy fun. Pornography, like rape, is a male invention, designed to dehumanize women… Pornography is the undiluted essence of anti-female propaganda. – Susan Brownmiller, Against Our Will (1975)

People who believe that porn is liberating for women (idiotic, but there are women like this) should call themselves ‘pornists’ or some other word. They are not feminists. Period. – Krista Matthews, Getting There, in Merge July 2001

I find pornography disturbing, chilling – even sometimes physically disgusting. Must I then be a killjoy, a frustrated prude, secretly longing to write articles on porn so that I can sneak a look while publicly tutting? I have been, and am still, confused by the distance between my reactions to pornography and the debates carried out in the press about it. Mary Whitehouse and the Festival of Light seem as opposed to what I want for the word as do pornographers… I don’t want to choose between Mary Whitehouse and the producers of High Society, between two equally unacceptable alternatives – between censoring all mention of sex through vaguely-worded laws that will be applied by men, and allowing pornography to invade my life at an ever-increasing rate, on Radio One and in packets of bubblegum, and even in the radical press. – Ruth Wallsgrove, in Spare Rib 1977, Spare Rib Reader (1982)

‘Pornography is the attempt to insult sex, to do dirt on it’ – D. H. Lawrence, Phoenix 1936

‘Pornography is pornography, what is there to see? Movies are attempting to destroy something that’s supposed to be the most beautiful thing a man and a woman can have by making it cheap and common.’ – Nancy Reagan

‘If we define pornography as any message from any communication medium that is intended to arouse sexual excitement, then it is clear that most advertisements are covertly pornographic.’ Philip Slater

How do I know pornography depraves and corrupts? It depraves and corrupts me.’ – Malcolm Muggeridge

‘(pornography) It is heartless and it is mindless and it is a lie’ – John McGahern, The pornographer

‘In our democracy bad taste has been converted into a marketable, and therefore taxable, and therefore lobby-able commodity’ – William Faulkner

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