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Masters Of Sex?

Posted by Jim Botticelli  October 23, 2013 08:31 AM

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Pia Francesca, girl on left, formerly of Mission Hill, on sex and what it means to them
Courtesy of Boston Magazine

My son is taking a 'gap' year between his graduation from high school last June and his enrollment in art school next August. As I dropped him at his job at Teavana this morning he mentioned hearing from friends already away at school who report drinking, sex, and little academic effort. He asked, "Is this the way it is Dad?" I tried to remember the kind of September when life was easy and debauchery my lifestyle, and I had to tell him that kids who want to go somewhere in life try to be well-rounded. Or some such B.S. After all, I am Dad. That conversation got me thinking about a magazine cover saved by Pia Francesca who was kind enough to send over a scan. She thought it was funny that Boston Magazine in May, 1978 cared what a teen growing up on Mission Hill, with a punk band called Daily Bodies, had to say about sex and enjoys a chuckle to this day. These days we watch Masters of Sex on Showtime, and recall the band Human Sexual Response (culled from the "work" of Masters & Johnson) and their DOB classic called "What Does Sex Mean To Me?"
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Photo courtesy of ReadySetRise.com

Lyrics courtesy of Human Sexual Response. "What Does Sex Mean To Me"
Lyrics written by Larry Bangor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06L8FWmMllM

Late at night I walk through town. I eye every one I meet
I want to follow them all home, but I just follow my feet
Into the book store I see lined up "Virgins Die Horny".
Sitting next to "The Hite Report". Sitting next to "Love Story".

And I ask what does sex mean to me? And what does sex mean to society?

I put my finger to my tongue I taste va___a.
I licked Betty Ford's boots--it's true--she wore 'em all over China
People say that Chinese people don't b__l as much as we do
'Cause their cultural revolution has shown there are more important things to see to

So I ask what does sex mean to me? And what does sex mean to society?
What does sex mean to me? What does sex mean to me? What does sex mean to me?

I see another baby born. One more mouth to feed.
Sometimes I can't comprehend this urge to breed.
Travel through a crowded land where people love each other as they love the state
They love their work. Their work is love. Love's no excuse to procreate.
Their party slogan reads and I quote. "Making love is a mental disease. It wastes time and
Depletes our energies."

So I ask what does sex mean to me? And what does sex mean to society?
What does sex mean to me? What does sex mean to me? What does sex mean to me?


I see couples walking hand in hand. What does sex mean to them?
Worried women switch from pills to diaphragms. What does sex mean to them?
My parents wonder how they made me what I am. What does sex mean to them?
What does sex mean to me? What does sex mean to me

Now I wonder what you think about when you're lying there in bed.
Someday I think I'll find you out. Push my finger through your forehead.
It's just a kind of acupuncture wisdom from the east.
When my finger presses your third eye your secret life is released.
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Photo courtesy of Cosmopolitan Magazine

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Jim Botticelli, a 1976 Northeastern University graduate, is a retired Boston Public Schools teacher. In college, he drove a cab and learned the city's cow paths. An avid collector of More »

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