Hello and thanks for visiting our evolutionary philosophy of human sexuality site. These pages are pretty radical for a philosophy website and contain a great deal of knowledge that would be considered 'pornographic' by some people.
This is made more provocative by the fact that we have based these pages on subjects that people search on the Internet relating to sex. These 'Adult' search terms are very sexually explicit, not always moral or nice, but nonetheless important due to their truth (and interesting!).
is nothing more than seeking wisdom from truth. And it is clearly true that sex (being central to our evolution and survival)
is also central to our daily lives. Thus we think it would be negligent
of philosophers to ignore this, particularly when so many people found
their sexual behaviour on cultural and religious myths which invariably
As Freud wrote;
Analyse any human emotion, no matter how far it may be removed from the sphere of sex, and you are sure to discover somewhere the primal impulse, to which life owes its perpetuation. ... The primitive stages can always be re-established; the primitive mind is, in the fullest meaning of the word, imperishable. ... Mans most disagreeable habits and idiosyncrasies, his deceit, his cowardice, his lack of reverence, are engendered by his incomplete adjustment to a complicated civilisation. It is the result of the conflict between our instincts and our culture. (Sigmund Freud)
For those who are curious, we have put up a page that explains our motives for doing this research in more detail (there are a variety of reasons - all very interesting!).
These philosophy of sex pages are based on two main sources of knowledge;
i) The latest research on the internet (with particular attention to academic / scientific studies - though we do cover the better erotic / artful adult sites). This research data is then analysed from an evolutionary / ecological foundation.
ii) Data of what people actually search on the internet.
We have now collected around 17,000 'Adult' Internet Search Terms which have been sorted by subject into 340 pages relating to various aspects of human sexuality. These pages are further organised into 18 main subject pages. (links on each side of page).
Over the past year we have also spent many 100s of hours searching the Internet and have discovered a wonderful collection of articles (mainly from academic research studies with an evolutionary foundation) and good quality 'Adult' sites.
We hope to complete this research by late 2009 with the aim of
then writing up the main pages based on the knowledge we have gathered.
For one example of how this knowledge leads to interesting conclusions see;
We do wish to emphasise that our prime concern is to help promote
an open honest discussion about our sexual evolution and honour the beauty
of human sexuality.
We obviously do not support unlawful / immoral behavior, whether it is founded on a sexual instinct or not. Humans clearly have evolved primitive sexual behaviors (some unpleasant) - but we have also evolved a social / moral instinct. To care about others, to not cause harm to others - to work together and help one another.
Our morality is based on two related concepts;
1. Do unto others ... (do not cause harm to other people).
2. Informed Consent. This implies two things, true knowledge (to be informed) and a suitable age (adult) to form sexual consent.
Evolution shows that animal sexuality is wonderfully diverse. This is true also for human sexual behaviour. The study of human sexual evolution can open your mind to a variety of sexual practices that can be creatively cultivated with your partner, with many partners or by yourself - without shame. The only limitation is by the principles of sexual morality (as above).
Although many research studies show that promiscuity is rampant through out the animal kingdom, we also realise the complexity of human emotions and the importance of the 'bonding' aspect of sex. e.g. The authors of this Evolutionary Philosophy of Sex study are a monogamous, heterosexual couple - though we don't advocate any particular sexual orientation or behaviour.
You will find lots of interesting and useful information in these pages - so browse around and enjoy learning about all the subtle little things that make our human sexuality so diverse, complex and wonderful.
Karene Jade Howie (updated January 2010)
PS - If you find this sexuality study interesting and want to be involved then please write to us.
We get a lot of people writing to us asking questions about sex. So we have added an 'Ask a Question' feature to our sexuality pages - to help share questions and answers as a way of helping one another.
Please use Facebook Connect (below) to add your questions / comments - the best questions and answers will be added to the page.
Karene (September, 2012)
I had a woman and man write to me over the past few days both asking pretty much the same question - how can we improve our sexual relationship with our partner. It is really great to hear from both sexes - that both men and women would like to evolve their sexuality and cultivate more intimate relationships. The questions and answers are below. I wonder what other's think?
Just curious what you think about my situation.
My fiance & I have been together for almost 9 years. I am female, 33, and I must be in my prime, judging by the way I feel, and what I think of most of the time! We have a pretty healthy sex life, I think. I wouldn't mind more of it though. Also, I miss some of the kinky spontaneity we once had.
He and I will both watch erotic videos from time to time, but always when the other is not around. I've mentioned wanting to watch them together & he seems curious about it, but I think he feels a bit shy about the notion.
He tells me that he thinks he's "old-fashioned" about some things, although this completely contradicts other aspects of the man I know. But when it comes to sex, I've usually been the one to initiate toys and such - which he seems to enjoy.
I guess what I am wondering is, what would be a good way for us to ease into it, without anyone feeling too uncomfortable? Any suggestions? I feel like you're a good person to ask.
Thank you for adding me to facebook, I really appreciate the gesture. The reason I added you is because I came across your website and really liked what you had to say about sexuality and human beings - and I have a question about sexual relationships I thought you might be able to help me with.
I was just wondering how I could get my girlfriend a little more involved in making our sex life better? It is relatively weak right now for a couple that just moved in together.
I feel that I am the one putting in effort to try to get things going by asking her if she would like to look up and try new positions, or seeing if she would like to read a tantric sex book together. I would like to see her put in some effort too, and I was wondering if you know of any way couples could work on their sex life together, instead of the effort being one sided.
Thank you very much, I appreciate your time and you reading this, I hope to hear from you soon.
Thanks for your messages.
I understand this is a common problem in relationships - one person is the initiator and the sexual relationship lacks mutual attention and energy.
Below are a list of points that we think are important for a good sexual relationship. The two main ideas are Truth and Creativity.
# Sharing Truth. We recommend you show your partner this letter and talk about your concerns, this reply and how you respond to it! It takes courage to speak the truth - but it creates trust - which is very important in a sexual relationship.
# Knowing Truth. Understanding the truth of our human sexuality based upon evolution and scientific studies is very useful, as it protects us from the harm of cultural myths and religious dogma. We hope our website provides correct and interesting information for people to become better informed about human sexuality - as the true foundation for its creative cultivation.
# Creative Mind. Be creative with the erotic space of your mind. Sex exists in a raw, wild primitive instinctive animal part of our imagination - lose yourself in this darkness, do not think, question .. just be immersed in the sensual sexual pleasure.
# Creative Space. Be creative with the erotic space of physical reality (atmosphere / environment). Create a sacred space of no phones, distractions, trivial talk, no bright lights - but with nice music, perfume, wine, etc. You can experiment with erotic videos in the background (not as the center of attention, but to create a provocative sexual mood, we drape scarves over our tv to soften the light).
# Creative Body. I like to dress up and be told I am beautiful and sexy - most females are like this?! But this also requires that we look after ourselves, good health is critical to good sex. We do Yoga - it has many benefits!
# Creative Experiments. This is important for an ongoing relationship as it keeps things interesting. This comes with time and trust - you have to be comfortable (and excited) to experiment with new positions, pornography / erotica, erotic literature, toys, smutting in public, whatever your imagination finds sexy... all fun to play with over time!
# Creative Pleasure. We enjoy sex because it is pleasurable. Does your partner orgasm - find pleasure in giving pleasure. Women can repeatedly orgasm during prolonged sex (30 minutes or more) which is intensely pleasurable for both partners!
# Creative Addiction. Humans have evolved to be addictive creatures. Try to get addicted to things that are good for you. e.g. Sex!
# Creative Language. 'Dirty talk'. Language has a strong influence upon our state of mind. Try to guide your sexual encounter with smutty talk - men and women can do this differently. This is learned behavior that evolves over time. Sexual language in harmony with the sexual experience can have a very powerful influence (humans are very suggestive and strongly influenced by language - hypnosis is an extreme example of this).
"Sexual pleasure in woman is a kind of magic spell; it demands complete abandon; if words or movements oppose the magic of caresses, the spell is broken." (Simone de Beauvoir)
# Creative Practice. The old adage 'practice makes perfect' is fitting here. This is not trivial - the more you have sex the more your mind and body evolve their sexual side - this creates a larger sexual space with deeper more intense sexual pleasures.
# Creative Time. Many people are busy and stressed in our modern world making it almost impossible to have a good sex life. You must create time for sex - so rather than fitting sex in around life - try to fit life in around sex. i.e. Make sex the priority! Plan ahead - enjoy the sense of anticipation!
"Beware the barrenness of a busy life." (Socrates)
Hope this helps, let me know how things go or what you think of our suggestions.
"The true liberation of eroticism lies in accepting the fact that there are millions of facets to it, a million forms of eroticism, situations, atmospheres and variations. We have, first of all, to dispense with guilt concerning its expansion, then remain open to its surprises, varied expressions, and (to add my personal formula for the full enjoyment of it) fuse it with individual love and passion for a particular human being, mingle it with dreams, fantasies, and emotion for it to attain its highest potency." (Anais Nin)
"Sexual love is a troubled and problematic relationship in cultures where there is a strong sense of man's separation from nature, especially when the realm of nature is felt to be inferior or contaminated with evil." (Alan Watts, Nature, Man, and Woman)
by these suggestions! I have more to say - and I will elaborate later.
Until then, thank you both for your response & detailed discussion on this matter that is sometimes hard to share.
Karene, thank you for your reply, I really like your suggestions actually.
I think the most important one would be truth, I suppose letting her
know about my feelings on the situation would probably be the best approach
and a good place to start. I really appreciate the help and suggestions,
I will let you know how things turn out, thank you very much.
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