Leo Full Moon, and Sex With (or Within) the Robot, p. 1

Posted by Eric Francis

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Tonight’s edition looks at the Leo Full Moon, which is (or was) exact at 6:09 pm EST (23:09 UTC). This Full Moon includes many interesting features — Mercury retrograde in a conjunction with Vesta; a grand trine in the fire signs (Moon, Pallas, Uranus), a kite pattern (add the Sun) and many other nuances. I spend as much time talking about Mercury retrograde conjunct Vesta as I do about the Full Moon — I love describing Vesta. I give a good summary of next week’s Mercury station direct. After a musical interlude by Eric Nicolas, I offer some perspectives on how our total immersion in digital life is influencing our relationships and sexuality. Actually, it seems like I sketch out some of the possibilities, describing the digital environment and then considering how, specifically, sex and sexuality play into our lives.

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Tonight’s edition looks at the Leo Full Moon, which is exact at 6:09 pm EST (23:09 UTC). This Full Moon includes many interesting features — Mercury retrograde in a conjunction with Vesta; a grand trine in the fire signs (Moon, Pallas, Uranus), a kite pattern (add the Sun) and many other nuances.

The Realtouch device, an interactive erotic toy.

Realtouch, an interactive erotic toy.

I spend as much time talking about Mercury retrograde conjunct Vesta as I do about the Full Moon — I love describing Vesta. I give a good summary of next week’s Mercury station direct.

After a musical interlude by Eric Nicolas, I offer some perspectives on how our total immersion in digital life is influencing our relationships and sexuality. Actually, it seems like I sketch out some of the possibilities, describing the digital environment and then considering how, specifically, sex and sexuality play into this universe — and how it influences us.

There really is no escaping the digital environment. Whether you’re texting your date, emailing as part of a relationship, looking for a partner on eHarmony, exploring erotica, sexting, playing with someone via cam, reading stories or whatever, the influence of the digital environment is everywhere. The problem is that environments are invisible. We don’t see them much less see them for what they are — unless we have the tools to look. In this edition, I do my best to give you some of those tools.

I apply some of the theories of Marshall McLuhan to introduce this topic. I inadvertently leave out a few things…one of which is how the content is less influential than the medium itself. This may seem counterintuitive, though the relative purity of seeking a lifetime mate on Christian Mingle is not that different from watching MILF videos — because it’s all happening in the same environment.

This is just the beginning of the discussion. I am very curious what you have to say — please do email me with your thoughts at dreams@planetwaves.net, and we can continue this discussion in future editions.

12 thoughts on “Leo Full Moon, and Sex With (or Within) the Robot, p. 1

  1. alittlebird

    Great Podcast tonite Eric.
    You posed the question to us how remembering one’s zip code might be related to one’s taste or smell.
    Howabout one’s Zipcode = tactile, feeling, touching, where my feet are grounded….

  2. DanielHugging Scorpio

    Ohh, I look forward to listening tonight Eric. My Venus in Cap has always influenced my relationships and Art I think. I love the traditional, the logical, yet deeply moving lines within music and relationships – but I still want that “edge” to it. I still love my flip-phone and I continue to renew my pledge to always write music to it’s final draft on actual manuscript, using a pencil and eraser. The computer is always the last step for me.

  3. sally

    Something to stir the pot: http://www.vice.com/video/love-industries-digital-sex-669 it’s those interactive sex toys that are so interesting. teledildonics for the uninitiated. I still laugh at that name because tele-anything already sounds archaic. Nothing that exists is terribly exciting (that I know of), but these will get better and better. Great and terrible news for anyone relating at a distance.

    I’m super curious to see how VR and oculus develops. I’m in the camp that thinks it’ll be big, mainly because the sex thing will drive curiosity and technical developments once there’s a viable consumer product that still allows for open development. sex! robots!

  4. adyada ya

    Interesting conversations, lots to think about as I engage with the robot right now.

    But first I have to say, it’s really not okay to call transgender people “trannies” or “she-males.” Even if that’s what they are listed as in online ads, etc, these words are extreme epithets, and using them in the media perpetuates these terms’ dehumanizing effects.

    So then… can the robot can teach us something about recognizing each other’s humanity? Hm.

    Also using “rape” as the outer definition of sex further links sex as being defined by violence. And it makes the continuum you suggest a much less useful model for mapping the spectrum of sexual acts. Do you then include other forms of sexual violence? This would really weaken your model if you’re just trying to look at sex. Rape is not sex, it is sexualized violence, usually motivated by power. Yes rape can occur in holy matrimony, in hook-ups… but also other situations that are not included in this model. How is it helpful in building understanding?

    Thanks for inviting engagement on the subject.

    -amber

  5. Eric Francis Post author

    Way out of context. I am QUOTING other sources; referring to what I have seen as I see it, stated and written, specifically on “porno” sites — sold to consumers as a product.

    You don’t object to my use of sissy, or MILF, however.

    I think that if you have an argument against me, it’s that I am using paid erotica sites as a reference point for the topics above. However, the other side of that coin is these paid erotica sites reflect something in the culture.

    Note that, as editor of this site, neither I nor my writers are held to the standard of political correctness. There are no banned words, topics or people.

    I reject the notion that “transsexual / transgender is more sacred than other forms of sex / other sexual minorities” position that seems to be wildly popular in alt sex culture today. Chemically speaking, we are all transgender at the moment.

  6. pam

    Is there mileage in going the other way: anima animus and integration even if you are a woman with an anima or a man with an animus (transgender/bi etc etc) and the consequent relationships possible with any partner in any combination of male female anima animus (perhaps several in one person if damage leads to split perceptions of self. Then there is the work involved in arriving at a coherent whole in whatever fashion.

    in the context of ‘belonging’!

    xxxp

  7. pam

    Also in context of aquarian age ‘robot’ factors is the challenge to breathe life into these inanimate perceptions/relationships or is that the age of pisces? And in that case what is the ‘new’ humanising (enlivening?) manner of being. Or is the direction/destination the diamond mind?

  8. adyada ya

    It always baffles me how tightly people want to hold onto hurtful terms. I’m just saying that outside of porn/erotica sites, there is a conversation going on, not to try to promote trans people as holier than thou, but actually fighting for basic recognition as being human. http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/activists-rally-at-city-hall-to-protest-violence-against-transgender-people/Content?oid=2919750 Language is an intrinsic part of this fight. Language is caught, like a cold, from exposure to it… not by listing rules to which one must conform. An edict saying “You must do this or else this” will most likely be met with resistance and resentment. But tugging your coattail and saying, “Hey there you know it’s a pretty shitty thing to use epithets so carelessly” is intended as a helpful pointer, to introduce you to something (it seemed to me) you might not have been aware of. To expose you, to SNEEZE on you some language — not of an “in crowd,” but a crowd who is calling for CHANGE and receptive to/supportive of it. Maybe the intention didn’t come across that way. As I said in email, the above things surprised me, because you seemed a lot more intelligent than that. Now I see where you are coming from and can disagree, chalk it up, and move on.

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