The Internet's a-Twitter over Lady Gaga's comment in the September 2010 issue of Vanity Fair that she avoids sex because she's afraid of depleting her creative energy. She's afraid of someone taking her life force from her vagina. (see preview of interview at Vanity Fair.)
Lady Gaga may have a flair for the dramatic, but the facts are that our sexual energy is real and perhaps measureable. The most famous figure studying sexual energy -- or orgone energy -- was Wilhelm Reich, a student of Sigmund Freud who was disgraced and even jailed over his beliefs.
Wilhelm Reich took a bioenergetic view of libido, believing it was the source of a specific life energy, one very closely linked to creativity and passion. His theories scandalized American Conservatives, who had him imprisoned.
Reich and his students were seen as a "cult of sex and anarchy", at least in part because orgone was linked with the title of his best-known book The Function of the Orgasm, and this led to numerous investigations of the psychiatrist as a communist.
The Function of the Orgasm is today the #4 read in biotechnology at Amazon, supporting a strong trend to reexamine the beliefs of Wilhelm Reich, after his sealed papers have been opened again for study. Reich closed them to researchers for 50 years, believing they would be more valuable and less maligned in the future.
If FOX News has called Lady Gaga "poison for the mindset of our kids", that's exactly what Conservatives said about Wilhelm Reich. He also believed that women must have control over their sexuality, and we know how Conservatives feel about that idea. Basta.
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The connections between sexual energy and creativity have long histories in the Eastern religions, and is closely aligned with individual creative expression. Our limited knowledge indicates that sexual energy actually enhances creativity, rather than depleting it under normal circumstances.
The first thought that went through our minds hearing the Lady Gaga comment concerned the male-driven fear of 'petit mort' during orgasm. In both men and women, at the women of orgasm there is a lapse -- a mental disconnect -- in the brain, where self- is momentarily lost.
Bottom line, few truly stupid words come out of Lady Gaga's mouth. We totally 'get it' when she expresses what's perhaps a neurotic fear of losing control of her enormous creativity during sex. Gaga also says she pursues bad relationships, so if the psychiatric angle doesn't convince you that she's not smack-talking, the Oprah aspect will. Anne
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