By Kendra Holliday | October 3, 2016
My friend Joan Price introduced me to Galen Fous MTP, the author of this book, and right away I could see why – he’s a Dominant father in his 60’s living on the west coast, and I am a submissive mother in my 40’s living in the Midwest, but we have SO much in common!
We’re both completely out and open about our kinky and creative sexualities. We both went through hell and almost lost everything when we came out with our stories (his outing was forced by his ex; mine was more my choice). We both persevered and are now fully integrated and have a career in the field of sexuality.
Galen’s book is called Decoding Your Kink: Guide to Explore Share and Enjoy Your Wildest Sexual Desires.
As I read his book, I was amazed at how much it mirrored my thoughts on sex and our unhealthy society.
We both subscribe to the King and Queen archetype, and to the beauty of rituals. Galen points out that rituals are tools that help us focus our attention. Natural and innate, rituals are all around us – seasons, rhythms, holidays…
Galen recognizes that we, as humans and animals, have primal predator/prey and mammalian alpha/beta patterns ingrained in our psyche, but we tend to stay in our heads and avoid being in touch with our bodies. We need to work on that – move our bodies, and release places in the body that are “stuck.”
I maintain that our society is constantly trying to deny humans are animals – we avoid emotions, and are disgusted by body hair and fluids. I’m SO happy I have a hair fetish and realize that good sex can be messy and that’s what showers are for!
Let me ask you this: What percentage of the 18+ male population do you think is mature? I think about 20% is mature, and the rest have some growing up to do, thanks to the lack of rite of passages and rampant coddling. Women are forced to mature, aka survive, due to rocky trauma, motherhood, and more, whereas men get to coast along on the paved and privileged patriarchy, which does them a disservice. When I asked Galen what he thought the number is, he paused a moment, then said 5%! I was surprised and dismayed by this assessment.
I asked him what he recommends to men in his practice, and right away he plugged ManKind Project – there might be a chapter near you! He’s been involved with ManKind Project for 30 years. Its mission is to “support men in leading meaningful lives of integrity, accountability, responsibility, and emotional intelligence.”
He suggests healing work, initiation rituals, and seeking elders. His role models include Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Margaret Mead, Buckminster Fuller, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Georgia O’Keefe.
Reading certain passages in his book took me back to the early years of my courtship with Matthew, when we were much more into the BDSM dynamic and exploration. I yearn to revisit those wildly intense scenes and edgy fantasies. We’ve wandered away from it in order to focus on other things – our kids, careers, new passions… I want it back! I love that I have kink and Tantra to add to my vanilla sex, which Galen points out dovetail really well – they both involve surrender and being present.
Spirit = tantra = ascent
Soul = BDSM = descent
With kink, you can tap into the sacred or the profane.
Oh and Galen has a take on “porn and sex addiction” – he classifies it as “Sexual Authenticity Disorder.”
He points out that more people are addicted to social media such as facebook than to online porn. In my case, that is TOTALLY true – I compulsively checked facebook about 36 times while writing this review, hence the delay. And I only watched porn once this morning, so there. (One of my fav porn go to sites btw is Hornbunny because it specializes in incest fantasies, another one of my fetishes.)
With my work, I know a lot of men in their 50’s, 60’s and 70’s who want to explore their kinky side, but unfortunately, there are very few women 55+ who are kinky. This make it challenging.
I asked Galen how he found playmates, and he said the internet has been his main tool. FetLife is a good platform to find your tribe. He recommends sharing your kinks with a potential partner as soon as possible, in a matter-of-fact manner. You can plant seeds, and allow your date to process and ask questions.
His book offers great tools for healing fear and shame and getting in touch with your sexuality – I highly recommend it! I love how open he is with his own personal journey – he was captivated by female energy, pantyhose and kink as a child! For instance, when a woman would get up from the couch, he would rest his head in the warm indentation her ass left and inhale deeply.
So many experts put walls up and take an academic approach – I love when they break down barriers and are more personal and relatable like Galen is. It makes it much easier for us to shed our shame and embrace the things we think about in the 10 seconds before we orgasm…
Being sex-positive is accepting others – including yourself – for who they are.
Ahhhhh! Feels so good!
BONUS LINK: Galen shares his wisdom on how to move beyond FRICTION sex, and enter the realm of deeper, more fulfilling GOAL-FREE sex that incorporates both the mind and the body.