Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Mindful Eating and Mindless Sex?

George Will's column today entitled "Prudes at Dinner, Gluttons in Bed" discusses a new Policy Review essay by Mary Eberstadt, who is a fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. Eberstadt's essay is called "Is Food the New Sex?" and asks the question "What happens when, for the first time in history, adult human beings are free to have all the sex and food they want?" notes that:

One might think, she says, either that food and sex would both be pursued with an ardor heedless of consequences, or that both would be subjected to analogous codes constraining consumption. The opposite has happened -- mindful eating and mindless sex.

If food is the new sex, Eberstadt asks, "where does that leave sex?" She says it leaves much of sex dumbed-down -- junk sex akin to junk food.


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