EDITOR'S COLUMN - полутона


Рефлект...куадусешщт #14


Автор визуальной работы - Photo by V.Kupriianov, idea by Iu.Proskuriakov.

Пролетарии умственного труда, счас вам будет по кайфу!

В этот номер вошло то, что не подходило для двух предыдущиx (эротических), и мы уж вознамерились было таким путём провести, наконец, границу между эротикой и сексуальностью: типа смотрите, вон то было то, а это вот тут именно это…
Разумеется, из этого мало что вышло. Хотим мы или нет, форма крайне редко гуляет сама по себе, без содержания. Физическая близость тащит за собой духовную или хотя бы пытается потащить. Конечно, это признают далеко не все, но мы ведь и не особенно интересуемся мнением большинства, с нас и меньшинства довольно!
Поэтому редакция оставила попытки всяческих противопоставлений и разграничений, а решила зато порыться на книжных полках.

В апреле 1981 года А.Азимов начертал в предисловии к очередному выпуску "Isaak Аsimov' SF magazine":
"…But now we come to various bodily functions, chiefly involving excretion and reproduction which, by custom in past decades, were not discussed in "polite society"; and to various words, generally termed
"vulgar" in the dictionary, which were taboo.
…And the characters neither excreted nor engaged in any form of sex-play in the sight or hearing, so to speak, of the readers…
But times have changed… it has become permissible to refer to the genital organs and to sexual actions, not only by their prissy Latin names but by their vulgar Anglo-Saxon ones as well. You can read all of them in almost any book…
So what do we do in this magazine?…
There are many writers (and not merely in science fiction) who lay on the sex and vulgarity with trowels – either because of the exuberance of their personalities or because they think (and not without justification) that in this direction lies best-sellerdom and the big money.
Well, that may be so; but in our magazine, they'll have to do without that. To be perfectly frank, it is very unlikely that selling a story to our magazine is a direct path to best-sellerdom and big money, so it's no use twisting a story to aim for it… Not is it any use saying,
"But that's the way most people speak!" – most people also speak with sharply limited vocabularies and totally perverted grammar, and I don't consider that something for writer to imitate…"

Ешё несколько цитат навскидку:
"His penis quickly becomes rigid and then, as the bed-slave drops to her knees in front of him and takes him in her mouth, his eyes start to glaze… and his penis pulsates uncontrollably. At the movemement of my free hand, the two bed-slaves flee back into the shadows. As the first violent spurt of semen surges forth I neatly lop off his penis at its base… It is now the woman's turn… The next moment I fall onto her body.
The imperial penis will brook no barrier, especially one created by a tight dry slit. It rams home mercilessly, smashing the barricades and forcing a triumphant entry. The woman screams…"
Alan Yates, "Coriolanus, the Chariot", first published at 1978.
Сюжет крутится вокруг театра, секса и смерти.
"…Аfter a moment his mouth closed around me and any pretending about what I did or didn't want was done with. The feeling – the incredibly erotic sensation of warmth and softness, of his tongue just barely moving as it pressed against the most sensitive part – I couldn't think of anything else… He slipped his hands under me to cup my buttocks and pull me slowly up, forcing me farther into that consuming warmth, taking in all of me. Now the tongue swirled harder, insisting, commanding there be nothing but gratification. And so there was nothing else in the world, only the growing hot tide of acute pleasure, building, threatening to burst and overflow. Without warning the feeling intensified – too unbearably good –and at last, deep inside, the clenching spasm of ecstasy were unleashed…
…After that furst glimpse of him, I'd done all I could not even to glance at his genitals – and all the while secret self had been fighting to see them, caress them, know them. It mattered not that I massaged a thousand bodies… His genitals lay sogt agains mine. My eyes went to them. Letting go of my wrists, Vortex bent down and kissed me… He caught his breath and moaned as I bent and took his softness into my mouth… My tongue sought out an area of immence sensitivity, slowly slid back and forth across it several times, then paused… The desire was building faster within him. My tongue responded to it the way I remembered the pilot had; I felt my own throbbing at the thought of that feeling… I knew the inevitbl climaxing ecstasy had already begun and brought him closer, forcing him into me harder and deeper…
…The erotic pleasure of it possessed me completely. To move and trust with my own rhythm, to have the throbbing answered each time with that probing caressing tongue, to feel the waves of voluptuous
satisfaction curling around the core of me again and again, harder, stronger, the mounting overwhelming
excitement, knowing that only a few more times now and nothing could stop that ecstatic tide, each thrust deeper, hotter, almost unbearably good new, each throb closer to touching that center…
…This time I knew he would let me finish. I raised myself enough to put my hands beneath me to join with
his as he moved me. The pleasure mounted more warily, but he lured it on… At last he commanded an ultimate impossible intensity that triggered my release, and the excruciating jolts of ecstasy were get loose. I heard myself yelling out to the Gods with each new spasm as it flooded forth…"
George Nader, "Chrome", first published 1979.
Это настоящий гимн бисексуальности.
"…We lay in a kamasutroid posture, she on her right hip, I on my left, her upper leg arched over me, my
body curved and pivoted at an oblique angle to hers… Although I've seen plenty of copulation scenes before,…this was the first time I had ever witnessed myself in the act, and I was shattered by the grotesqueness of it, the idiot gaspings, the contorted features, the sweaty humpings… my clutching fingers dug deep into her meaty buttocks; the mechanical thrustings went on and on and on…
In those days I chased crotch quite a bit. Obsessively, even. The pursuit of cunt occupied all my idle hours; it seemed a night wasted if I hadn't slid down that slippery slope at least once. It never occurred to me that it might be worthwhile for me to seek a relationship with a member of the opposite sex that was more than six inches deep. What they call "love"…
…I pictured a row of naked women lying side by side, reaching off to infinity… And Metaxas was moving patiently up the line, pausing to stick it into this one, and the one next to her, and the next, and the
next, and in his tireless fashion he balled right up the line until the spread-legged women grew hairy and chinless, the womenfolk of Pithecanthropus erectus, and there was Metaxas erectus still jazzing his way back to the beginning of time…
…It was lust at first sight. Her beauty, her simplicity, her warmth, captivated me instantly. I felt a familiar tickling in the scrotum and a familiar tightening of the glutei. I longed to rip away her clothing and sink myself depp into her hot tangled black shrubbery…
…You know, sex is really a ridiculous thing. The physical act of it, I mean. What they call "making love" in twentieth-century novels… You take this short rigid fleshy rod and you put it into this lubricated groove, and you rub it back and forth until enough of charge is built up so that discharge is possible… Look upon the act, and you know it's preposterous. The buttocks humping up and down, the thrashing legs, the muffled groans, the speeding up and slowing down – can anything be sillier, as a central act govering human emotions? Of course not…
My theory is that the real significance of sex, good sex, is a symbolic one. It's something beyond the fact that you get a tickle of "pleasure" for a short while during the ramming and butting. The same pleasure is avaiable without the bother of finding a partner, after all, and yet it isn't the same, is it?
No, what sex is about is more than a twitch in the loins; it's a celebration of spiritual union, of mutual trust..
The social contract, let's call it… This is why mechanical masturbating devices have never replaced sex and never will… This is profundity I've distilled from all my experience: sex with love is better than sex without love…"
Robert Silverberg, "Up the line", first published 1969.
Видимо, один из первых результатов секс-революции 60-ых.

И для сравнения цитата с сайта RU.ANTISEX. Читая нижеследующее, трудно поверить, что это не розыгрыш…
"…Q. What do you call "sex"? How do you distinguish a sexual action?
A. 1) In the most general sense, sex is everything concerning "sexual relations". That is, not only the act of copulation (either in "normal" or perverted form), but also what precedes it, accompanies it, or is aimed at it. In a more specific sense, copulation without the aim of procreation.
2) The criterion for sex is the presence of sexual arousal pleasure at least in one of the partners, or just an intention to experience it.
Q. Why are you against sex?
A. Because sex is similar to drugs, both in physical and social effects. It places primitive instincts higher than intellect, a human being turns into a primitive animal. The system of priorities suffers deformation. This leads to many nasty perversions of all kinds, including socially dangerous ones.
It's not a mere coincidence that the most dirty words in any language are connected to sex, and that innocence and purity have always been synonyms for virginity.
Even without perversions, the urge to obtain a new dose of the "drug" forces people to all kinds of stupid mistakes, deception and crime. Sex often ruins friendship, stimulates lie and unfair play.
If the energy that the humanity wastes on the satisfaction of lust would be used in more valuable areas, the civilization would achieve much more success, and there would fewer destructive conflicts between individuals or social groups.
Besides that, sex is not as harmless for one's health as it is commonly believed, and can stimulate some disease, not all of which are infectious; there are even reports that sex can have a negative impact on lifespan. This is the practical side of the problem.
As far as higher matters are concerned, it can be added that sex and improvement of one's personality are incompatible. Religion can provide even more reasons. Finally, copulation is aesthetically disgusting.
Q. Can you give me more detail about social conflicts?
A. Some people need too much money for sex. Some of them give birth to more children than they are able to raise, and more than quantity of jobs our society can provide. Then a war or a revolution begins, and you can't just "send it to hell" or sue it in court. Everything is connected. hypersexuality, overpopulation, insufficience of resources, social conflicts, no respect for the biosphere. Possibly I can suppose (unproven so far), that if humanity were free from sex, there would be no wars. There would be no overpopulation that causes insufficience of resources, and no wasting them on sex. Aggression would not have a powerful sexual support, and all sexual motives, from rape of the defeated to the image of a warrior as a "real man", could not be used to lure people to war. The same applies to other social conflicts…
Q. But sex is natural like, for example, food. You don't demand that people stop eating, do you?
A. First of all, natural doesn't mean good. Diseases and death are also natural. A "natural" lifestyle is for animals; civilization itself is quite unnatural. And on the other hand, sex is very different from other physical needs: it is not required for the survival of an individual (only for the entire species), and, in the case of Homo Sapiens, it dramatically, at least 100 times, exceeds biologically reasonable level. Animals have short mating periods during which they become "insane"; humans experience this insanity during most of their lifespan! The higher is a species' grade of development, the less is mortality among adults and especially children; therefore, the less if the need for procreation, for sex. For a sentient being just a few matings in the entire life are sufficient. Humans do not follow this principle. This is unnatural, it is a disease of the entire species.
Mating without the aim of procreation is as stupid and awful as eating and immediately vomiting out the food; it is possible in case of a severe illness but cannot by considered normal by any means.
Q. Why is sex not normal if most people do it?
A. Because a norm can't be determined by majority. Normal is not "like everybody", but "as it should be". In a psychiatric hospital the doctors are normal, not the patients, though the latter prevail in number. Totalitary governments were not normal, though supported by almost the entire fooled nations. Et cetera, et cetera. Of course, you can define "normal" as "conventional", but such a term would be purely statistical.
Q. But if sex is not needed, why has natural selection not removed it?
A. Animals that live by natural selection do not have sex as humans mean it. Humans, on the other hand, are not subject to natural selection since the invention of medicine, informational communications and tools, because almost any person can have children who will live. Uncontrolled reproduction leads to degradation of the genetic pool. This is another reason why it is necessary that science interfere with natural mechanisms.
By the way, the same natural selection has not removed death and disease. The nature does not create perfection, its principle is "it works somehow".
Q. But you can't go against nature!
A. Why, you can. One of the most important tasks of science is the improvement of human body. Eventually there will be some medical means to remove sexual drive without harm to health. Even today there are many people who have no desire for sex, but are quite healthy and able to procreate. We just need to copy this mechanism.
Even without medical methods sex can be successfully put away.
Q. Maybe you have special physiology that you have no desire for sex?
A. No, quite ordinary. Many of us had to overcome lust at some point. With success.
Q. Well, okay, but is it worth the trouble to deny yourself sex?
A. There is no trouble. During the transitional period there is a possibility of suffering withdrawal – as with all drugs. But eventually it comes to an end, and further sex-free life requires no effort, no "self-forcing". Problems arise only from involuntary abstinence, but with a voluntary decision to remove sex from life everything is OK. Sexual tension is like an itch; it will not hurt unless you scratch it.
Q. Why don't you just castrate yourself?
A. Not the right way: too many negative side-effects, and not always successful in removal of sexual drive. It would be like doing neurosurgery with an axe.
Q. What is your attitude towards masturbation?
A. Negative. Of course, it does not lead to some troubles conventional sex creates (social, financial, etc.), but it also a form of drug addiction.
Q. How can you blame sex it you have never experienced it first-hand?
A. Well, some of us might have, but that's not the point. To condemn drug abuse, one does not have to be a junkie, right?
Q. Do you accept sex for the sake of procreation? If not, how do you plan to maintain population?
A. Theoretically we accept it; however, not all of us consider it acceptbl for themselves even that way. Artificial insemination techniques exist, too. In future they will provide genetic control, selection of optimal genetic combinations (and, at some point, direct improvement of genes by means of genetic engineering). This is not only useful but necessary because of the lack of natural selection.
Q. O.K, you don't want to have sex – you abstain from it. But what is your business with those who don't share your ideas?
A. See above. Too much evil and crime were done because of sex throughout the history of humanity. I don't mean only sexual abuse; it is common when a woman (or a man) is the target, and crime or foul behavior is used to reach the target. Not only sexually obsessed persons suffer. Also, it's a pity to see people who waste their energy, time, health, etc. for such a miserable thing. Sex is a disease that combines features of drug addiction and paranoia; it requires healing like any other socially dangerous disease.
Q. Don't you think that total abstinence from sex will lead to extinction of the humanity because of lack of reproduction?
A. If reproduction were only an unwanted side-effect of sexual pleasures, the humanity would die off instantly upon invention of contraceptives. By the way, families that are centered on sex have the most risk of being unstbl over time.
Q. So you praise intelligence and blame animal instincts. But who told you that you are right?
A. No one. The system of priorities can be connected to any frame of reference. As sentient beings, we connect it to intellect. You can choose animal instincts. But in the latter case, don't demand that you be treated as sentient beings having the corresponding rights.
Q. So if one has intelligence, there should be no emotions? No pleasures?
A. Emotions are different. There is nothing bad in feeling satisfaction by a well-done job, artwork, intellectual communication. But emotions that originate in primitive instincts and fog the mind really must not exist.
Q. Do you think that there should be no relations between men and women except business?
A. Not necessarily. This is the removal of sex that will make human relations pure. There is nothing bad in mutual sympathy, friendship; but all those "can't live without you", "nothing matters except you" are really stupid and dangerous and have no right to exist.
Q. Can there be love without sex? Where is the border dividing love and friendship?
A. 1) Yes, but it must still be related to sexuality, even if there is no visible indication of that. Love (certainly, we don't mean love for parents, children, animals, books, etc.) is always aimed at a potentially sexually attractive objct.
2) 1. Friendship has nothing to do with sexuality. It has no connection to sex drive, either conscious or subconscious, and is not gender-specific or depending on sexual orientation of the participants.
2. Friendship is not a "persistent idea". A friend does not become "the center of the world", the focus of all thoughts and so on.
3. Real friendship is not jealous. A person can have many friends; friendship can connect more than two persons.
4. Real friendship must be earned. Friends forgive each other's faults, but a good-natured person would not be a friend to a traitor, a smart one to a fool, etc. Love, on the other hand, ignores reason.
5. There can be no "unhappy", "unshared" friendship. It can be broken up, but more or less simultaneously by all sides. You can't be a friend to a person who isn't your friend (save the case when one just pretends to be a friend).
Q. And what would Freud say about you?
A. Freud was a maniac himself (how should we call a person who considered any long cylindric objct a symbol of a penis, and any box a vagina?) and accused the world of the same mania. His own practice had shown that his sexual theories were not so consistent. Modern psychoanalysis has abandoned pure Freudism long ago.
Q. Wouldn't humans without sex be not quite humans any more?
A. And what? You don't panic that humans are not quite apes any more? We have to evolve. Today humans are way too imperfect yet.

Такие дела.
Как известно, в Советском Союзе секса не было…
Вспоминается известное изречение доктора Геббельса: "Чтобы ложь работала, в ней должна быть очень большая доля правды"! Вот именно.
Короче, мы тут посоветовались с народом и пришли к такому единому мнению, что стоит (ударение ставьте, где хотите) заниматься сексом как можно чаще и лучше, пока ещё можно – пока товарищи из "Антисекса" не пришли к власти и не упекли всех нормальных людей за колючую проволоку. Задача ясная?

И напоследок ещё цитата:
"It all began when I made love for ther first time… I saw and felt myself as that which has always and will always exist before I was incarnated in this body and after I will leave it. I experienced a total spiritual freedom unbound from the limetations of culture, time, place… In our programming as human being, we are ecstatic,.. where the sexual energy and orgasmic energy is transformed as it movew to the heart and to the third eye, and expands as an energy beyond the boundaries of the body into a sense of spacioussness, just in the same way as we experience it in meditation…"
Margot Anand, the author of "The Art of Sexual Magic".

Желаем успеха, мысленно всегда с вами,
ваша дорогая редакция.