Joss - Aphrodisiac

Joss - Aphrodisiac

Oatmeal
Mmm, nothing is sexier than a hot steamy bowl of oatmeal. All joking aside, eating concentrated amounts of oats has been shown to increase testosterone levels in men. Skip the strawberries for breakfast and give your man a box of Quaker Oats instead. Or better yet, whip up a batch of Diane’s 6-Spice Oatmeal Cookies. That’s sure to whet his appetite.

If there was sex in de Valera's Ireland, as we must conclude, it was officially a practice entirely divorced from pleasure. Until Ireland joined the EU, the standard response to any means of artificially assisting or encouraging pleasurable sex and sexuality was to either ignore it or ban it out of hand.

In the various games of memory dodgems played by writers, historians and film-makers, the state of the nation is often measured imaginatively as much by its sexual health and prowess as by its political or economic power. The looking-glass picture of sexual discourse that created - apart from blissful exceptions like Joyce, Merriman and a few others - tells of desire denied, of sexuality warped by drink or celibacy or too much child-bearing, and undercut by a sense of failure, anger and, too often, violence. It is within that specific, painful, cultural context that the present debate takes place.

Those old stories remain familiar. We read almost daily of appalling abuse and rape cases, we see Patrick Kavanagh's Tarry Flynn renovated by director Conall Morrison as a desperate struggle between individual longing and social conformity; from Kate O'Brien and Neil Jordan to Pat McCabe and Mary Dorcey, harrowing tales of repression track the consequences of unsanctioned desire.

Joss - Aphrodisiac: Mmm, nothing is sexier than a hot steamy bowl of oatmeal. The looking-glass picture of sexual discourse that created - apart from blissful exceptions like Joyce, Merriman and a few others - tells of desire denied, of sexuality warped by drink or celibacy or too much child-bearing, and undercut by a sense of failure, anger and, too often, violence. It is within that specific, painful, cultural context that the present debate takes place.


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