Daily I am reminded that I’m not getting any younger. I have colleagues who were in diapers when I was in acid-washed denim. Unlike our elders, we don’t feel quite so “locked” into our lives.
"Private parts" seen in public is just shocking, well ... And considering that many adults refer to parts of the human anatomy by pet names or crude monikers, it's no wonder seeing or discussing them publicly stirs awkward, if not uncomfortable, feelings. If we are too embarrassed or alarmed by the very nature of what makes us the people we are, we are depriving ourselves of understanding our minds, our anatomy and how our bodies work.
We are also missing out on understanding a fundamental part of being human that connects us to other fellow beings and to all other people who lived before us.
The generations before us obviously had thoughts of sexual nature.
They wrote about them, painted pictures about them, and even graffitied penises on their equivalent of the bathroom stall, smirking at the thought of the person who would find it.
"Calling a vulva 'a vagina' is just as ridiculous as calling a penis 'a urethra'", says Kathleen Baldwin, a local sex coach and certified sexuality educator, to a crowd of mostly women who laughed knowingly.
In addition to the flowing alcohol (and a couple of aptly named mixed drinks too racy to name here), Talbott Street Nightclub presented an ideal atmosphere for the candid Q&A session for Indianapolis' first installment of the Sex Salon sessions.This session dealt with the topics of sex in the media, dating, hooking up and the way we dress.Most of us remember how we found out about sex or even the first time we saw a naked body.For many of us, that "sighting" was of art depictions of goddesses or marble statues with their goods chiseled to realistic perfection.The first time I clapped eyes on a nude form was some scantily clad version of Adam and Eve strategically covered with leaves.But thankfully life eventually granted me other opportunities to learn about the human body through the work of artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Frida Kahlo and my third-grade friend who was generous with his limited drawing skills.