Monday, March 16, 2009
Not Tonight Dear, I've Got to Meditate
Now here's an alternative lifestyle worth considering. A recent New York Times article profiled the One Taste Urban Retreat Center in San Francisco, a coed living commune dedicated to the female orgasm.
The center opens its yoga and meditation classes to the public, but only residents can participate in "morning practice," a private session of Orgasmic Meditation (OM-ing for short.) During OM, women are carressed by their fully-dressed, eye-averting "research partners" with whom they are not necessarily romantically involved. Their mutual goal is the woman's fulfillment.
The founder of the center, Nicole Daedone, believes this technique is essential for female empowerment. "I don't think women will really experience freedom until they own their sexuality," she says. The male research partners also get benefits from the OM sessions, like relaxation and increased concentration at work.
We Midwesterners are notoriously prudish, and as far as I can tell, no one is holding OM sessions here in the Chicago area. But purely in the interest of female equality, I'm going to keep an eye out.
Posted by Marjie Killeen