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Let's Get Inspired

On one of the forums I occasionally visit, the mods have declared it a "FAMILY FORUM." Does this mean they talk about kids and parenting? No, it means they specifically do *not* talk about kids and parenting, or rather, they don't talk about what causes kids and parenting.

So a small group of us were wondering what to do about this--because it's a religious forum, a Pagan religious forum, and in a lot of Pagan religions, sexuality is sacred, and having a ban on discussing it is rather like having a Christian forum that isn't allowed to discuss prayers except in the most abstract, we-acknowledge-their-existence but you can't actually talk about them way, and although minors may believe they'll participate in one someday, you aren't to give them any instructions or advice in that direction. (Because you know, it's so much better for them to figure out how to pray on their own, with other kids who have no idea what they're doing, and no way of knowing if they're doing it right.)

Anyway. I got to thinking: we could use euphemisms. The pagan & occult communities have a long history of euphemisms for religious, magickal, and sexual activities, and what with going public, interviews on Oprah and all that, maybe it's time to revive this practice. I pondered this, and came up with the idea of using "inspiration" as an oblique way to refer to sex. I bring you... The List Of Inspired Euphemisms

SEX: inspiration
THE SEX ACT: shared inspiration
MASTURBATION: intuitive or solitary inspiration
MAGICKAL SEX: spell-based inspiration; inspirational spellcrafting
THE GREAT RITE: inspiration of the Goddess; God/dess-inspired activity
SODOMY: fundamental inspiration ("inspiration" of the fundament, you know, the part you sit on)
SEXUAL INITIATION RITUAL: inspired ceremony, or Goddess-inspired ceremony
SACRED SEX: holy or sacred inspiration
SEXUAL TRAINING, SEXUAL INFO FOR TRAINEES: honing one's inspirations, learning to be inspired
OVERCOMING SEXUAL INHIBITIONS: tapping into inspiration; removing inspirational blocks
PAST SEXUAL TRAUMA: inspirational blocks, damaged inspiration, destroyed inspiration

MALE SEX ORGANS: men's inspirational tools
FEMALE SEX ORGANS: women's inspirational tools
CHILD REACHING SEXUAL AWARENESS: old enough to be inspired; old enough to handle inspirational energies
ORGASM: inspired thought, inspired feeling (avoid the word "peak;" it might be noticed.)
EJACULATION: inspired gift
MENSTRUATION: waiting for inspiration (on the premise that menstruation marks the beginning of a woman's sexual maturity, not that every time she has a period, she is "waiting for sex"), low inspiration (for some women only)

LUST: prelude to inspiration, beginning of inspiration, one's muse
LACK OF SEXUAL DESIRE: he/she/it doesn't inspire me
POLYAMORY: inspired by many; multiple sources of inspiration
MONAMORY (2-person sex/romance only): singularly inspired
ORGY: multi-faceted inspiration; inspirational group
CIRCUMCISION: adaptation or shaping of men's inspirational tools
CLITORIDECTOMY: destruction of inspiration; her inspiration was crushed

VIRGIN: uninspired person, person waiting for inspiration to strike
PROMISCUITY: unfocused inspiration
NOCTURNAL EMISSIONS: inspired dreams
PROSTITUTE: muse for hire
EROTIC MEDITATION: inspired trancework
EROTIC ART: inspired art

terms still needing euphemisms:
CASTRATION:
ANATOMY TERMS (clitoris, clitoral hood, labia, penis, foreskin, scrotum, g-spot, anus, etc. Especially need terms for anything that can be pierced.):
LUBRICANT:
SEX TOYS/VIBRATORS:
BDSM PRACTICES:
OTHER KINKS:

Original discussion at http://community.livejournal.com/dot_pagan_snark/230295.html; a few other people have added terms & comments.

Help add to the list!

EXAMPLE IN USE:
My religious studies group has been a great source of inspiration to me.  Our Beltane ritual is expected to have a group inspiration exercise, even though a couple of our coveners have trouble getting over their mental blocks to inspiration. It'll be a very supportive setting, and our singularly inspired priest and priestess will help them with some of their very skilled inspired trancework. While the site owner often lacks focus in her inspired workings, she helps people commune with their muse very well.

OR
My coven gets me laid a lot. Our Beltane ritual has planned an orgy, even though a couple of our people have had sexual trauma in the past. Our monogamous HP & HPS will lead them in one of their great erotic meditations to help them get over their issues. The site owner is something of a slut, but she's sexy as hell and likes to turn people on.

(Crossposted as a locked post in my journal.)
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