Ask A Genius 191 – Masturbation Culture

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Ask A Genius 191 – Masturbation Culture

Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner

June 7, 2017

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Rick Rosner: As someone who grew up in the 60s and 70s, I will see sex as more of a motivating factor than other ones. I see this as less of a motivating factor than in the 80s. I see the attitudes of the 70s with sex as a big thing.

It was exaggerated, but I see it as a huge thing because this is how evolution worked, to make everyone horny.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What do you say to someone who says this isn’t true? 

Rosner: I think that’s true. I think sex is less important now. Even now, in a less overtly sexual time than the 70s, sex still doesn’t color almost everybody’s behaviour in some way. If you dug into why people behave the way they do on an individual basis, you could find a sexual component in almost every behaviour.

However, if the 70s put sex at a 10, maybe now, sex is an 8 or a 7 in terms of motivating factors. The dial has been turned down a little bit. And it will probably continue to be turned down.

Right now, we’re right in the middle of masturbation culture. It is that sexual gratification is more removed from personal motivation in other areas of life than it ever has before, at least in our culture.

It gives people more flexibility to be trolls on the one hand, to not have to constantly manifest reproductive fitness on another hand. That is, you don’t have to lift weights. You don’t have to be trim and sexy. If you can jack yourself off, it doesn’t matter necessarily what you look like.

You are free because your gratification is directly dependent on the sexual attractiveness of the people you’re with. So relationships can be more inclusive both in terms of who can hook up, even 1-on-1 relationships, but even among people who hook up in these newfangled multiple person relationships.

Where two guys and one girl, two girls and one guy, these triads or whatever you want to call them.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


Rick Rosner


Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing


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