Re: Celibacy: Everyday Presentations

Kathleen A. Gillogly (Kagillogly@AOL.COM)
Wed, 13 Dec 1995 11:50:10 -0500

In a message dated 95-12-11 12:40:05 EST, you write:

> A woman may resort to homosexual relations as
>preferable to loneliness;

Interesting, but I must point out that lesbianism is far more related to out
and out disgust with men and with women's role in a patriarchal society (I am
stating the point of view expressed by women). That is, it is very
political. I actually found this in Thailand as well as in the United
States. An equally important aspect of this is that in rejecting men, these
women celebrate women and "womyn's" sexuality.

At any rate, how would you fit this "political celibacy" in your model?

Also, may I point out, many lesbians and gays are far from celibate.
Celibate means to not take part in sexual activity. You have conflated
celibacy with a choice to not biologically reproduce. I think that this has
a great effect on your model.

Finally, note the eunichs of the Chinese Imperial court. They voluntarily
made themselves really, truly, and permanently incapable of reproduction.
(Remember the scene of them leaving the Imperial Court in "The Last
Emperor," shaking their testicles in jars?) Sociobiologists have made the
argument, however, that in decreasing their own reproductive potential they
thereby increased the reproductive fitness (in a broad sense) by making perks
and bennies available to their nieces and nephews. What do you think of