Two Definitions For The Price of One

Olga Wolstenholme's picture

If you’re a frequent reader, you may have noticed that a few weeks ago I wrote about a book I recently bought: The Encyclopedia of Erotic Wisdom. I had transcribed their definition of orgasm and today, I’m going to give you two more definitions. Hopefully, like last time, you’ll feel compelled to share your thoughts or your experiences when it comes to these words. Here we go…

Sexual Imprinting   The Islamic, Ishmailian “heretics”  known as Nizari Ishm’ilis were apparently masters of sexual imprinting, binding their “initiates” to them by creating an unforgettable erotic experience, using drugs and multiple sexual partners to create a kind of erotocomatose lucidity. Apart from such consciously designed imprints, most members of our species are subject to incidents of sexual imprinting of a less obvious and more unconscious type: our education and first sexual experiences. The techniques for, and the abuse of, sexual imprinting are described in detail in the works of Timothy Leary and Robert Anton Wilson.

Hermaphrodite   The mythical figure and/or symbol that combines the God Hermes and the goddess Aphrodite into a double-sexed personality, thought it is sometimes interpreted as being neutral and nonsexual. This must not be confused with the  concept of androgyny, in which the male and female poles do not physically coexist, but are seen as existing in an integrated way on a psychological level, with repression of neither and the one complementing the other. To the ancient alchemists, the hermaphrodite represented perfection. Symbolically this image can be compared to those of the hexagram Chi Chi and the Chinese symbol of yin and yang.

Though families and individuals themselves often keep it as secret as possible, hermaphroditic children are still born. Most often the male part of the hermaphrodite’s genitals is surgically removed, and the child is dressed and “trained” (see Sexual Imprinting) as a girl. If you are not really a “man”, within the black-and-white definition of society, you must be a woman: Our patriarchal culture cannot bear ambiguity or anything undefined and “in between”.

I definitely want to read more about sexual imprinting, it seems like a very interesting subject. I’ll have to  track down some Timothy Leary and Anton Wilson on the matter. If and when I do, I’ll share more info with you guys, but in the meantime if you have something to say on the subject go right ahead. Also, I’d be interested in hearing about personal experiences that you think have “imprinted” or shaped you sexually.

It seems so obvious that hermaphrodite is a combination of the god Hermes and Aphrodite, but I had simply never thought about it before. I think it puts a rather beautiful spin on the word. It’s good to see that physical states of being that some might now consider “outside of society’s norms” were once seen as perfection. It gives me hope for the future.

As a quick side note, I once had a dream that I was a hermaphrodite and to put it simply, I could literally fuck myself. My cock had magic backward bending powers and apparently I could also levitate during sex with myself. I was also quite well endowed. Make of that what you will.

Crossposted from Cuntlove.

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