This-essay is a8510101.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %SEXUAL HONESTY 851010 Sexual honesty involves being open regarding one's sexual feelings. It does not entail acting out all of one's fantasies. To be open about one's emotions does not entail giving expression in behavior to all possible expressions of those emotions. Emotions do not determine behavior any more than do thought, fantasy, politics, economic, doctrine, etc. Responsible integrative behavior flow from a coherent consideration of all factors, including emotions. A coherent consideration of all factors is impossible if they are not out in the open. Repressed factors can not be coherently considered and so can not be integrated into responsible decision making. Responsible sexuality is not possible without sexual honesty. Sexual honesty is not possible without mutuality. IN instances of an imbalance of power sexual honesty is not mutually possible and so meaningful sexual relationships are not possible. The exercise of the power to coerce does not promote mutuality, openness, honesty or satisfying meaningful personal relationships. Where under threat of excommunication people are required to lead sexually conventional lives, there sexual honesty is not possible. The requirement of conformity to sexual conventions under threat of excommunication undermines the possibility of sexual honesty, mutuality, responsibility and meaningful relations. Sexual honesty is possible only where there is security within intimate relationships which entail great vulnerability. The threat of excommunication as punishment for non-conformity makes such security impossible. Such threats thus lead to sexual disintegration and the probability of violent expressions of sexual frustration. Sexual desires should lead to sexual integration in honest relationships. Sexual coherence and bonding should be the natural result of being responsive in honest ways to sexual desires. Such coherence and bonding should not be occasioned by conventions and duties under threat of excommunication, and if they are bound to be of doubtful significance and meaning. God is love rather than law. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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