A Few Words About Sex

by Hampton Burt

     One fundamental purpose of sex is to produce offspring. The fact it is pleasurable increases the
probability it will be engaged in. Humans can legitimately participate in pleasure for its own purpose,
in part because it helps bring about a feeling of physical well-being and genuinely good mental health,
and sex involves physical exertion, which is exercise. Imagination, observation, and experience all
suggest that the pleasure of sex can be enhanced by sharing it with and among other humans. Although
immediate and anonymous sexual activity with others is possible and can be very satisfactory in a wide
variety of ways, interacting socially, as a way of initiating sexual activity, tends to be safer, is often
more convenient, is typically more comfortable, and is absolutely widespread. In this way, sex
legitimately serves the purpose of providing incentive for social interaction, which means it can be a
valid basis for many types of social activity and even the basis for many different kinds of civilizations.
Additionally, the prostate gland functions not only as a delivery system for sperm, but also helps to
eliminate certain toxins from the body; thus, for males, ejaculating semen is legitimately multifunctional
and necessary for good physical and mental health. In these ways, and also in several additional ways,
engaging in sexual activity is a highly moral behavior. The ideas that sex is necessarily evil, damaging to
one's health, that it ought to be illegal, or that it leads to damnation and therefore to hell, are ignorant
misunderstandings, are false, and often are psychologically harmful.

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