Monday, July 24, 2006

Sex and Constipation

Listen, do you want to know a secret,

do you promise not to tell, woh, oh, oh
Closer, let me whisper in your ear...

I was never more surprised than when I found out how big a part sex plays in older people's lives. I mean everyone knows that young adults are sexual beings; it's human nature - young love. We know that teenagers always have it on their minds. College is a time for many to engage in all sorts of escapades. Twenty-somethings, thirty-somethings - no problem. But forty-year-olds, fifty-year-olds, sixty-year-olds?

And the sex that these people are obsessed with, obsessed no less than teenagers. It is different from the simple rush of hormones that rules the lives of young people. It's the sex of men in mid life crises, of mistresses, of fetishes, of girlfriends that are decades younger than you. Or perhaps the sex of women who are no longer looking for their true love, but are looking for a man to take care of their families after their divorce. Jaded, perhaps desperate. Like some participants in a tribal ritual equating sexual power with virility, with vitality.

There's something else that plays as much a part in the lives of these people as libido, and that is the state of their bowel movements. It is amazing the types of discussions that go on, the details that are shared. I had never realized how much the state of one's digestive tract can impact one's general health. I guess I have been blessed with not needing to know.

That's it for now. Stay regular,


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