The Walk of Shame, Herpes Paranoia, Fear of the Nipple and Other Horror Stories from Youth Sex Culture

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In tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM, Daniel Sternstein and I speak candidly about the “walk of shame” phenomenon, and other truly strange idioms from twenty-something youth sex culture.

Onyx. Photo by Eric Francis / Book of Blue.

Onyx. Photo by Eric Francis / Book of Blue.

These include paranoia about herpes but hardly anyone doing anything about it, the rampant sexualizing of sex but phobia of the female nipple and an environment where the concepts of yes and no are drowned in six drinks before many people can get the courage to take off their clothes.

As promised, the graphic on the program page is from The Joy of Sex by Alex Comfort, first edition, published in 1972. I am including this as a representation of sex from a book designed to be both educational and fun, but which clearly would not qualify as porn. This was one of the books on my teenage household bookshelf.

In last week’s Planet Waves I included a discussion of the pagan holiday Beltane and its association with consensual experience. I also mentioned the idea of starting all processes of sexual healing with self-sex. Here is that article.

For those seeking other sexuality resources, I suggest taking a look at an Planet Waves project called It’s Not About Sex. It’s About Self.

I am planning to continue this discussion; if you would like to be part of it, please contact me at eric@francis.pw. I should reply quickly — if I don’t, please write again.

Eric Francis

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3 Responses to The Walk of Shame, Herpes Paranoia, Fear of the Nipple and Other Horror Stories from Youth Sex Culture

  1. DivaCarla DivaCarla says:

    Eric and Dan, really great work on this podcast. Thanks for waking us up to this scary situation which is the fallout from the war on sex. Keep talking about this.

  2. Fe Bongolan Fe Bongolan says:

    Thank you Eric and Dan!

    One of the richest most informative conversations on the state of Modern day American sexuality that I’ve heard in a long time. A must hear experience that will make you think, and hopefully move you to action. Time to shine a light on the two most dangerous afflictions of our modern culture: ignorance and shame

  3. muddpi muddpi says:

    glad Dan is finding his voice on this podcast — very eye opening to hear about the current generation’s sexual reality …. WoW ! — that’s some crazy shit! …. intimacy is like Neptune to them — actually Neptune is probably the booze so they can get off !!! … it all makes me very sad — people are really becoming “things” … it makes mass destruction and genocide so much easier, when you can’t even have a conversation with someone without a smartphone …..

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