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‘I recall one marathon twelve-hour session of passion many years ago now’

SOUNDBITES — “I recall one marathon twelve-hour session of passion many years ago now. It was only afterwards that I realized I had barely had a single trace of an analytic thought for the longest period I could then remember. I was never happier. As I finally collapsed into my lover’s arms with the final orgasm that drained every last drop of desire or need from my body and soul, I understood for the first time why the French call coming ‘le petit mort’. It can be the emptying of self entirely. Which is why sex is so close at times to the presence of the divine, and reflects and incarnates God in ways few other things can so easily. We are more animal and more divine in sex than in any other activity.” —Andrew Sullivan, on his own experience with love and analytical thinking. Or something.

On:           Oct 5, 2009
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    • faunce

      I understand his point, but the divinity aspect is moot because God doesn’t exist. People against sex use religion to make it evil and religious people who love sex turn it into an Oprah/Deepak Chopra thing. Odious.

      Oct 5, 2009 at 3:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sam

      @Faunce: Bet you’re fun at parties!

      Oct 5, 2009 at 3:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • faunce


      I’m too fun.

      Oct 5, 2009 at 3:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      Wow, he even sounds boring and pretentious when discussing sex.

      Oct 5, 2009 at 3:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • L.Single

      Q: How can you tell when Andrew Sullivan is lying? A: His lips are moving.

      Oct 5, 2009 at 4:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Landon Bryce

      Let’s remind ourselves that Andrew Sullivan is a horrible, nasty man who deserves no attention or respect. Like his soulmate Dan Savage, he shilled for George Bush until he just because too unpopular to do so, dishonestly shoved Obama down the throats of gay America as a pro-gay candidate he never promised to be, and has attacked Obama dully since the election for not being that fantasy.

      Both Sullivan and Savage are bad news for gay men. Most of us hate both of them.

      Oct 5, 2009 at 5:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RyanInSacto

      @Landon Bryce

      “Most of us hate both of them.” That’s believable about Sully, but for Savage I would need to see some poll numbers. In addition, while I know Savage was somewhat supportive of the Iraq invasion, I would like to know how else he “shilled for George Bush.” Or is Iraq all that you’re talking about?

      Oct 5, 2009 at 7:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dontblamemeivotedforhillary

      Andrew Sullivan looks like Carrie Fisher who looks like Elton John but with a beard (after a decade of homelessness!) Just sayin’

      Oct 5, 2009 at 10:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • greg

      Too much information.

      Oct 6, 2009 at 2:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tintin Malfoy


      Oct 6, 2009 at 10:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • schlukitz

      Andrew Sullivan – Just another pretty face! ;o)

      Oct 7, 2009 at 12:27 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • eagledancer

      Oh,I’m just a sex researcher and former college professor who’s taught courses in Human Sexuality with the Kinsey Institute–so what do I know compared to Mr. Sullivan? But it was my historic understanding the French term of “the little death” refers to the concept there are a limited number of orgasms allocated to an individual, and when these are achieved, the individual drops dead. Sort of like–your battery ran out. Or–as we like to say as therapists: “Your 50 minute hour is over. Same time next week?”

      Incidently–for those of you keeping track of your orgasms–there is no scientific proof that this belief has any validity. Have as many orgasms as you like (protected, if appropriate, of course).

      Oct 9, 2009 at 3:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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