First, I would like to say “Happy 2017” to all! I haven’t communicated with the world via WordPress since September 2016. This is a sad fact. Let me make it up to you.
In 2016, I was afforded a whirlwind of experiences to further teach me of the many nuances of life. Additionally, I have gained a higher sensitivity to other people’s mentalities, behaviours and survival mechanisms. As one grows, one cannot judge. The beauty of life is variety and creative expressionism.
Life replicates itself. The process is possible through sexual reproduction. When the word ‘sex’ is mentioned, many humans become excited and/or intrigued. Now that I have your attention, let me begin the writing.
Over the past 25 years, I have noticed subtle, steady and major changes in American society. Since the onslaught of religious practice in United States of America, sexuality has been misconstrued, mismanaged, misinterpreted and misinformed. It was shaped in the minds of many as being “dirty” and “sinful”. But, the 20th century challenged those notions in clever and forthright ways. The artistes (singers, musicians, performers, writers) and “free spirits” were at the forefront of the sexual revolution. Fast forwarding to the 1990’s…I remember it being edgy and bold to proclaim bisexuality. It sort of took on this chic positioning in urban and cosmopolitan areas. Going into the 2000s, I see this growing emulation of younger people by older people. Hmmm…let’s evaluate the point just made.
It has been reported numerous times, including at Easpoet’s Blog, the dissent between older and younger generations. There is a lack of respect, value and communication between the two groups. It is particularly noted in the African-American (Black) community. Of course, there will be dissent when families have been brutally victimized by a racist and discriminatory system. The historic humiliation of Black fathers, mothers and children has been traumatizing, unfathomably evil and debilitating. The genetic impression and psychological disturbance have deeply affected countless descendants of the said victims. In spite of the disconnect, some force has been bringing the families back together.
As I have walked the urban and cosmopolitan streets of Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Francisco and Washington DC, I noticed a growing trend. The older persons (40 years and older) are presenting themselves like persons of 21 years. From the clothing to hairstyles to lingo to style(s) of communication, is this a case of imitation as flattery? This current generation of 13-21 years of age seems to have a very liberal and unapologetic sense of existence. The hair is green, blue, red, orange, white, silver and/or blonde. The tattoos are abundant. The piercings have no bounds. The clothing is androgynous and revealing. Guess what? The older generation has begun to look the same. Why is that?
My assessment is that the older generation has a secret admiration and reverence of the bold approach to life that the younger generation exemplifies. Today’s youth practice an open, sincere and honest expectation in communication. Many older persons were not afforded that freedom growing up. The youth inherently challenges conventional wisdom and social norms. The youth actively seeks change. Maybe, the older generation fail to admit through acknowledgement and praise. But, decides to express it in a cosmetic and superficial manner. Conversely, the newfound sexual freedom of persons 40 years & older and its burgeoning societal resonance pays an indirect homage to the paradigm shift on planet Earth.
As an African male ascendant living in USA, there has been a suppression of sexual freedom, diversity and expression. Generally, American men seem to not be wholly in-tune with masculine sexual energy and its power. It has been limited to sole physical manifestation, as dictated by the “laws of the land”. Our Caribbean, South American, African and Indian brothers have clearly and successfully tuned into their inherent sexual powers. It is expressed in mating rituals and music-dance. In the Caribbean, if a man cannot “whine up he waist” (gyrate), then he is considered no good in sexual matters. In several traditional African cultures, the men gather and compete to show their manliness in a variety of creative ways. It ranges from body art, display of muscularity, hunting & gathering, clothing, physical battle (wrestling, stick fighting) to financial prowess (quantity of livestock owned, substantiating amount of local currency). Some men are afforded the opportunity(ies) to contribute to society by being. One role is a spiritual master (teacher, counselor, healer, medium). It is told that many spiritual masters are considered to be “dual spirited”, indicating a full operation/manifestation of masculine and feminine energies. Notably, it can express the desire for a sexual connection to feminine and masculine energies. Very interesting, right?!
Back to USA…the youth of today are non-conventional and despise being labeled. With that being written, sexual expression is based upon feelings/desires instead of ascribed social order. “Hetero”, “Homo”, “Gay”, “Lesbian”, “Bi”, “Freak” don’t apply. It has become (as it has always been cosmically/universally) that sex is had with whomever you are energetically connected. The older people have taken notice and heed. I’ve heard and seen more and more adults proclaiming an “alternative lifestyle”. The practice of open relationships, partner sharing, polygamy, polyamory and singlehood are on the rise. Why is it happening now versus thirty (30) years ago? Are the youth the new social leaders of morale and free living?
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