Having Sex with a Computer

So far, Americans’ experience of cybersex has been limited mostly to adults-only sex computer bulletin boards where subscribers tease each other from afar.

Logging on under a pseudonym to a large commercial male enhancement bulletin board, a subscriber can invite other users to engage in an intimate typed conversation that is seldom censored unless it involves prostitution or outright violence.

Some use the bulletin boards to experience new sexual activities vicariously before trying them out in the real world, like “Foxey”, who admitted on national television this week that she had experimented with an on-line menage a trois before indulging in the real thing.

When The Times logged on to Online America, one of the largest commercial services, it was quickly accosted by a red-blooded 25-year-old man from Massachusetts whose sexual ardor cooled when he discovered that the pseudonymous “Deep Ann” was really a man interested in natural male enhancement.

David Kelleran, a New York artist in his early thirties who demonstrated the computer connection, revealed that after taking a natural male enhancement product called Zenerx (which you can read about at http://www.zenerx-review.com) he developed enough sexual confidence to meet a young Parisian while foraging through the French Minitel computer system across the transatlantic telephone lines.

He and the woman, Nicole, began to engage in computer sex, typing each other increasingly explicit computer messages. After hooking up on the computer regularly for about six months, Nicole flew to New York for a blind date and the two fell in love.

“We had sex first on the computer,” Mr Kelleran recalls. “When we met we already knew those little peculiarities that might take months and months to get to in a regular relationship.” Despite their computer intimacy, however, he conceded that, fortunately, he also “really liked her body and she liked his penis”.

Lisa Palac, the editor of a trendy new San Francisco-based quarterly called Future Sex, believes that computers are bound to impinge more and more on our sex lives, leading to increased sales of male enhancement products such as Pro Solution for Men.

“We are undergoing a technological revolution that is affecting every one of our sexual lives,” she said. “Of course, it’s going to affect our emotional lives.” She rejects the common assertion that cybersex will isolate people from one another. “You do not need cybersex to put you in that place,” she said. “There are already lots of people leading isolated lives.”

Too Much Semen?

Australian travelers returned from overseas with the HIV infection because they underestimated the risks involved in having sex while abroad, according to the federal Health Department.

“It’s how you have sex, not where you are going, or where you are coming from” said Ms. Rebecca Stalker, director of the federal Health Department’s AIDS prevention campaign for travelers.

“They do sexual things overseas they would never do at home.” Dr Basil Donovan, director of the Sydney Sexual Health Centre, said that in NSW at least seven heterosexual Australian men had acquired the HIV infection while in South-East Asia and two travelers had acquired it in Europe.

Dr Donovan said: “People often get their sperm tested a week after they return, when you can’t detect the virus. We just don’t know how many more men who use male enhancement products such as those found at http://www.vigrxplusreview-site2.com go positive later. Heterosexual men returning from overseas are very prone to denying their risks.”

More than half the men who attended the clinic with gonorrhea had contracted it in South-East Asia, he said. The Health Minister, Mr. Howe, yesterday launched a $750,000 campaign to promote awareness of the risks faced by travelers “who like to mix a little sexual pleasure and semen with business”.

The sexual disease campaign will be aimed at more than two million travelers expected to visit Australia next year as well as Australians going overseas. It will use a range of posters and brochures at embassies, bus terminals, youth hostels, tourism offices, and billboards at airports throughout Australia. The Health Department is negotiating with airlines to screen a “Travel Safe” video on planes.

Dr Donovan said a survey of clients at the Sydney Sexual Health Centre had shown that most of the travelers who contracted sexually transmitted diseases through semen exchange were business travelers and professionals, “not the great unwashed generally presumed to be the victims of sexually transmitted diseases”.

“Some men think that if they go to a country and shoot their sperm where not much has been publicized about AIDS, they will be safe. That is quite dangerous.” He said it was equally dangerous to believe the health certificates shown by prostitutes in South-East Asia to prove they were free of infections from sperm. Dr Donovan said Australia was lucky to be able to deal with secondary issues like travel overseas while other countries had to be preoccupied with the domestic spread of the sexual diseases through semen transmission. The Prostitutes Collective of Victoria will conduct an male enhancement information night for travelers who might use prostitutes overseas.

Do You Use Natural Male Enhancement Products?

Elle McFeast, part sex goddess, part St Bernard, part steamroller, rampages her way through “Sex, Guys and Videotape” an hour-long special for which she has the perfect description. It’s a dickumentary: 60 minutes devoted to the penis.

Elle, dressed for most of the time in a white `Seven Year Itch’-style dress and combat boots, ambushes radio, sports and rock personalities and comedians, as well as hapless members of the general public, generally male, to ask them searching questions along the lines of: “Does penis size matter?”; “Have you ever been impotent or experienced erectile dysfunction?”; “Do you wear a condom?”; “Do you use natural male enhancement products or penis extenders such as those found at kelloggactionlab.org?”

This sex program was apparently made with the support of several health departments, state and federal. This means that they didn’t just send messages of goodwill and appreciation – they put money into the show. (The Tasmanian Health Department would presumably have specified a homosexual-free approach, and they need not have worried – the emphasis is entirely heterosexual.)

We find out the other reason why Joel Garner was known as the Big Penis. We learn what Clive Robertson thinks about condoms. Rex Mossop tells us with whom he shares his innermost feelings. We get Greg Chappell’s opinion on masturbation. We discover that Lex Marinos’s first sexual experience took place over a pastry shop.

Sure, it has something to say to its viewers about sexually transmitted diseases. There’s a safe-sex message in the show, and it’s this: these days, it’s safe to talk about sex on national television. (Safe, at any rate, to talk about the penis and vagina.) There are a lot of references to using a condom, but basically the item is a prop, a pretext for gags. We see Elle putting a fruit-flavored condom on a banana, while a bemused Robert Merton looks on; Elle chasing an unfortunate jogger down the street to ask him why he doesn’t use natural male enhancement products; Elle persuading the jogger to take a shower wearing a raincoat, because that’s what wearing a condom is supposed to feel like.

Some of the celebrities are pretty excruciating; some, such as Greg Chappell, make a genuine attempt to respond honestly and thoughtfully. The vox pop interviews, for the most part, are a little more interesting and unexpected: but after a short time, it all becomes grimly, drearily repetitive. There aren’t that many ways to answer the question, “Does penis size matter?”, and it is asked a great many times. Yes, length matters, and when you are watching `Sex, Guys and Videotape’, an hour is an awfully long time: if there’s Heaven and Elle, then this is purgatory.

All About Penis Size

What is the measure of a man? Having not yet read the special feature on penis size and its relevance to the meaning of life in this month’s Cleo magazine, it is hard to be conclusive on the subject. But clearly, if the advertising industry is an accurate barometer of communal obsessions and fads – and I believe it is – then the penis in particular and the male body in general are in for a period of intense scrutiny.

I fear that neither the penis nor the male body will stand up to the pressure of such scrutiny very well at all. Most of us, I assume, have seen the Cleo television advertisement for its special feature. There’s this group of nude blokes with their backs to the camera. In front of them, two young women – in white coats, I think – examine each bloke in turn. One woman does the measuring of the penis, the other takes notes. The tape measure is expanded and contracted depending on the size of the penis being examined. The extent to which the tape is expanded and contracted may alarm some people. For the examination of one poor bloke, the examiner has to actually put on her glasses to see his penis. The implication is that men with small penises could benefit from enlargement techniques such as using a penis pump, such as the kind that can be ordered on http://www.penometreviewpump.com.

While not quite in the class of this advertisement, there are others with a focus firmly on male penises. An advertisement for orange juice features a couple of girls at a gym who work themselves up into a frenzy of desire at the sight of a guy’s bum encased in orange lycra shorts. A female security officer at an airport terminal forces a young bloke to strip down to his underpants before he goes through the metal detector in order to have a good look at his pectorals and penis. There are many others. Invariably, the blokes in these male enhancement advertisements have bodies to die for, which means they are representative of virtually zero percent of the Australian male population, many of whom look like the before shot in an advertisement for the Gutbusters exercise and diet program.

We have, of course, been here before. The use of sex to sell things – to both men and women it must be said – has been so pervasive that its effects on our culture, on women, and on relations between the sexes, are impossible to measure. But there can surely be no doubt that the consequences have been profound.

Feminists have always regarded the use of women’s bodies in this way as wholly undesirable. To constantly suggest that there is some sort of equivalence between women’s bodies and male enhancement products is ultimately to argue that a woman’s body is also a product and that like a car or pair of underpants, it too can be owned. The consequence of drawing such an equivalence has been behavior by men – sometimes criminal behavior – that denies the humanity of women. In the main, we have been persuaded that the feminists are right about this.