It used to be believed that only humans and a handful of other species have sex for other reasons than procreation. Studying the sexual behavior of animals has thought us otherwise. We now know that, beside the instinctive sex, many animals enjoy sex as much as we humans do. And if you think you are extreme in your sexual fantasies, think again. Besides monogamy, promiscuity, sex between species, homo and bisexuality are quite common in the kingdom of the animals. Even more so, many animals masturbate and some even use objects to do so. It seems that we are not so much different from animals after all when it comes to sex. Except for one thing though. Our don’t ask don’t tell attitude.
Our evolution has not only pushed our instinctive thinking in some dark back corner of our mind, it has also pulled up walls of so-called decency that, after having built upon them for centuries, are pretty hard to break down. Our social behavior and our thinking has made sex one of the biggest taboos and therefore one of the biggest controversies. Because - let’s face it - we all do it. We have come a long way when it comes to sex. From a time when it was a very normal part of our lives, we somehow found a way to make sex look like something dirty. But there is hope. Over the past decades we have stepped up for ourselves and we are now able once again to use the word in public, though sometimes it still goes accompanied with some nervous giggling.
For the 5th following year BeautifulMag invites you on an exciting journey in our annual SEX Edition. Why? Because we think sex is natural, sex is beautiful and sex is good. Because we think we should speed up the process of breaking down those mental barriers and stop this monkey business about sex. There is no shame to pleasure. We were designed for it. So go and have sex, and enjoy it. Experiment and play. Have sex with men, women or both. And above all, don’t be ashamed to share it. But whatever you do, do it with responsibility and play safe. –BM-
Photography: Kevin Hoover. Model: Robert Bell.
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