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Sun., March 23, 2014

Ancient thinking

Duncan Bean (March 10) has told us, “Sexual attraction has only one purpose: to facilitate reproduction.”

Oh, really? Cannot the anticipation of sheer physical pleasure be taken as a purpose for sex, with or without reproduction? If there was no pleasure derived from sex, there would be no sex, and hence no reproduction.

Sexual attraction between members of the same sex in no way is irrational, as Bean claims, if sex as pleasure-seeking is accepted. Nobody ever said homosexuals are capable of reproducing, so what is the relevance of Bean’s observation?

I’m guessing his letter is based on the view that sex without the intention of reproduction is some kind of sin. That’s ancient-minded Catholicism, which in the modern world is downright ridiculous.

Lee Freese

Pullman



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