I find it extraordinary that a straightforward if inelegant device for ensuring the survival of the species should involve human beings in such emotional turmoil. Does sex have to be taken so seriously?
Author: P. D. James (1920)
Profession: British Mystery Writer
I can live without it all -- love with its blood pump, sex with its messy hungers, men with their peacock strutting, their silly sexual baggage, their wet tongues in my ear.
Author: Erica Jong (1942)
Profession: American Author
If any of us hopes to survive, s/he must meet the extremity of the American female condition with immediate and political response. The thoroughly destructive and indefensible subjugation of the majority of Americans cannot continue except at the peril of the entire body politic.
Author: June Jordan (1939)
Profession: American Poet, Civil Rights Activist
There are very few jobs that actually require a penis or vagina. All other jobs should be open to everybody.
Author: Florynce R. Kennedy
Intercourse with a woman is sometimes a satisfactory substitute for masturbation. But it takes a lot of imagination to make it work.
Author: Karl Kraus (1874-1936)
Profession: Austrian Satirist
Sexual intercourse began in 1963 (which was rather late for me) -- Between the end of the Chatterley ban and the Beatles first LP.
Author: Philip Larkin (1922-1986)
Profession: British Poet
I am sure no other civilization, not even the Romans, has showed such a vast proportion of ignominious and degraded nudity, and ugly, squalid dirty sex. Because no other civilization has driven sex into the underworld, and nudity to the W.C.
Author: D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)
Profession: British Author
That our popular art forms have become so obsessed with sex has turned the U.S.A into a nation of hobbledehoys; as if grown people don't have more vital concerns, such as taxes, inflation, dirty politics, earning a living, getting an education, or keeping out of jail.
Author: Anita Loos (1893-1981)
Profession: American Novelist, Screenwriter
There is nothing safe about sex. There never will be.
Author: Norman Mailer (1923)
Profession: American Author
The passion between the sexes has appeared in every age to be so nearly the same, that it may always be considered, in algebraic language as a given quantity.
Author: Thomas Robert Malthus (1766-1834)
Profession: British Economist
Whoever named it necking is a poor judge of anatomy.
Author: Groucho Marx (1895-1977)
Profession: American Comic Actor
For those for whom the sex act has come to seem mechanical and merely the meeting and manipulation of body parts, there often remains a hunger which can be called metaphysical but which is not recognized as such, and which seeks satisfaction in physical danger, or sometimes in torture, suicide, or murder.
Author: Marshall Mcluhan (1911-1980)
Profession: Canadian Communications Theorist
Much of the ill-tempered railing against women that has characterized the popular writing of the last two years is a half-hearted attempt to find a way back to a more balanced relationship between our biological selves and the world we have built. So women are scolded both for being mothers and for not being mothers, for wanting to eat their cake and have it too, and for not wanting to eat their cake and have it too.
Author: Margaret Mead (1901-1978)
Profession: American Anthropologist
Continental people have sex lives; the English have hot-water bottles.
Author: George Mikes
I feel all these jitters when I wake up in the morning. Just energy jitters. When I'm having sex, I don't have that.
Author: Alyssa Milano (1972)
Profession: American Actress