Is Sexuality a Western Import?

If you think sexuality is a western import, think again. Sexuality is a part of every culture because it is a part of every man and woman. A culture may hide it, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t there.

The actual western import is the OPEN EXPRESSION of sexuality, which is what unnerves most defenders of “culture”. They know what fuck means; they just don’t want to hear it out loud. Every man wants to see women naked. But some just don’t want to admit it, and wouldn’t let others admit it. And so on and so forth.

I would have dismissed the differences in the level of sexual expression as cultural differences, if it weren’t for two things. Firstly, suppression of sexual expression is a suppression of expression. And suppression of expression is suppression. Suppression is bad because it’s contrary to freedom.

Secondly repression of sexual desires is bad (on a personal level, I mean). Repressed sexual desires have a tendency of surfacing in very ugly, Freudian ways. If you are a regular user of Sri Lankan public transport, you know what I mean. If you’re a woman, I’m SURE you know what I mean.

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3 Responses to Is Sexuality a Western Import?

  1. Electra says:

    you go! sexuality is normal and great and a blessing. everyone should be free and open about sex and sexuality. if you think sexuality based education is harmful, try ignorance! we will then nurture a nation of prudish bigots.

  2. SweetIdiot says:

    Oh yes…I know what you mean…disgusting it is, travelling in the public transport…
    Plus, I totally agree with what you say – ‘suppression, repression’ in any sense are all bad, bad words as it just messes up everything and creates something extremely unhealthy which tends to get buried in deeper than expected.

  3. Disagree says:

    Open expression of sexuality is also not a western import. Look at the Karma Sutra, look at temple paintings in India, look at the lovers in Isurumuniya.

    What is a western import is the repression of sexuality. This is a very Victorian idea that arrived with the colonisers and, while they returned to their countries and evolved out of it, we didn’t.

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