As long as no deceit is involved, I'm all in favour of recreational sex for its own sake. It's not the highest form of sex possible to us, which is sex combined with the deepest, most passionately-felt love, but in its own terms (context) is absolutely legitimate & delicious, & much better than *no* sex. In this regard, just wait till you see the upcoming FreeRad, where Nathaniel Branden quotes Ayn Rand as endorsing precisely the view I've just expressed! :-) ... I'll let you in on a secret. The rationalists who insist [that sex always occur within the context of a deep romance] aren't getting any, & never will. And their insistence is their way of holding the world responsible for their frustration. If it ever came to it, they'd never be capable of romance, since romance requires liberation from neurotic self-absorption, which some pseudo-Objectivists mistake for self-esteem.James Kilbourne wrote:
I certainly have some wonderful memories that aren't tied to love in the least, but there is nothing like the combination of sex and love.Objectivism depicts each of us as a being of self-made soul. I presume this includes self-development of one's sexuality -- responsibly acquiring and validating knowledge about sex and then pursuing its value in the context of all one's values and the universal needs of man qua man. This area of developing one's own sexuality needs intense exploration and rigorous argumentation and validation, especially for parents who practice their proper responsibility of offering their children objective education about this most important part of being human.
For those of us who matured into adulthood in the Bible belt during the rise of deadly sexually transmitted diseases, anti-abortion hysteria and other prolific discouragements, many of the statements on this forum fall outside direct personal experience. Correcting faulty principles on our Belief Windows regarding sex proves an ongoing effort. I hope to see these topics explored in future articles posted to the SOLO Romance page.
I will stop now before I get the urge to draw a "Speed Seduction Flow Chart". ;-)