Sex, authority, and social norms

Yak Wax (
Sun, 8 Feb 1998 08:50:07 -0800 (PST)

Kathryn Aegis wrote:

> Although I recognize the libertarian yearnings behind your postings,
> most of your comments are completely unfounded in clinical
> psychology or biology. Emotional readiness is just as important a
> factor in sexuality as physical readiness, and fetishes (not a
> sickness, BTW) and rape inclinations do not stem from sexual
> deprivation. Therapists treat thousands of individuals yearly in my
> country alone for the damage caused by pedophiliac activities or
> pressure to have sex at a young age. Given the difficulty in
> repairing that kind of damage, I'd rather have a young person
> chomping at the bit a little prior to engaging in any serious sexual
> activities.

I'm not completely sure how emotional readiness is founded in biology,
but psychology is a different matter. Psychology is the understanding
of the mind by diversity from what is considered normal. It is based
on the very same social biases that cause the problems it tries to
understand. We then use therapy to try and solve these problems, but
never in this process to we question "normal." It is merely based on
social trends and has no grounding in scientific fact. So if my
comments are unfounded in psychology, it's because psychology is a
product of the problem.

Now, I do not expect you to give much credence to these ideas, but I
would ask you to give them some thought. If the ideas I express can
do a better job of explaining these problems than traditional
psychology then I would expect you to take them more seriously. So
challenge these ideas, give reasons why they are not true. Just
because something is the accepted way of explaining a problem it does
not make it the only way of explaining a problem.

--Wax (Garage psychologist)

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