Part 25 of a 30 part series called Overcoming Sexual Repression (the entire series plus segments by Atara Corgatelli will be released in paperback and eBook formats in January or February 2018).

As of January 7th, 2018, over 95% of my waking hours are spent building the HICKS/YOU 2020 U.S. Presidential campaign and the World Peace Party.

Sometimes, that means building actively, physically, with my hands.

It often means making mental connections and developing ideas in the shower, on the toilet, or while playing Mario.

Or by having conversations with others, listening to what matters, collaborating with their visions, planning the future.

This project requires miracles to be built from out of nowhere. The task at hand involves convincing the United States that someone they have never even heard of, who has no background in politics, and who has spent most of their life in the stigmatized margins of society, is the right person to lead our country towards a new era of harmonization, prosperity, and unity with ourselves and the rest of the world.

All this is to say, I don’t have much interest for engaging in non-essential tasks. I am a humanoid with a mission.

So, if you’re inquisitive, you may wonder what these blog posts and this book about overcoming sexual repression have to do with a political campaign.

It may appear that my focus is diverted, but it is not.

The goal of the HICKS/YOU 2020 movement is a total reinvention of everything that is not working about society, about our personal lives, about our system, and the way we understand and communicate with one another.

Sexuality is an immensely important part of the human puzzle.

Issues pertaining to sexuality are intertwined with politics.

When people find themselves polarized on any issue, it is an opportunity to find balance.

We can not be balanced when we are polarized.

There’s no such thing as a balanced extremist. If there is, you’d have to play around with definitions and connotations considerably to get there.

When it comes to family planning. Abortion. Contraceptives. Gay marriage. Who it is and is not OK to have sex with. Polygamy. Sexual education. Prostitution. Consent. Sexual misconduct. Sexually-transmitted infections.

We may not agree on the best practices. We should all be allowed to make our own choices, on the condition of doing no harm to others.

When it comes to making and enforcing rules, laws, and mores, that govern an entire national society, it is not balanced, nuanced, or appropriate to declare binary blanket solutions for these non-binary issues.

Respecting the autonomy of others while being free to practice your own code, is essential to social harmonization.

Near the core of our societal discord about these issues, is the way we treat sexuality as a culture.

It’s so backwards.

Why is it that most people have no problem talking about their views on abortion, but some of those same people have difficulty being sexually intimate or open with others?

It seems like we should master intimacy before having a well-versed perception in the potential consequences of intimacy, doesn’t it?

A sexually repressed culture that’s also hyper-sexual.

A relentlessly horny culture that often shies away from talking about sex.

I mean, I don’t see many people on Facebook conversing about their pornographic preferences.

If you think that means they’re not into porn, think again.

I am not saying everyone is into porn.

Just saying, if everyone shared their browser history publicly, we’d see what’s what.

We’d see who is into watching women play with barnyard animals.

We’d see which married men who swear they wouldn’t want a threesome, watch copious amounts of group sex videos.

We’d see which married women who swear to their husbands that their penis is a nice size, spend their restless nights checking out veiny monster cocks.

We’d see lots of things.

So, where does the taboo come from?

Why are we so quiet?

If it’s because, “There are just some things we don’t talk about,” then great. But why?

“That’s just the way it is,” has never been enough for me.

That’s part of who I am. That’s part of what drives me.

“That’s just the way it is,” is an excuse disguised as a reason.

It diverts our attention from evolving.

Overcoming sexual repression is a cornerstone of the HICKS/YOU 2020 movement.

To say that I expect you to buy into all my rhetoric on the subject would be hypocritical. I won’t do that.

I want you to be free.

I deeply desire your total freedom to create the life you deserve to live. Whether you’re pro-life, pro-choice, an abstinent nun, or a big ticket prostitute. Whether you want to talk about your sex life or not.

If you don’t, then don’t. Let’s make a world where you’re safe to live in your preferences.

If you do, then do. Let’s make a world where you are safe to live in your preferences.

If you see abortion as murder, then don’t get abortions. Don’t murder.

Not everyone agrees.

We need a world that works for both sides.

We need a world where autonomy is treasured.

I want you all to be free. Free to be you. Free to be naked, if you want. Free to wear clothes.

Free to admit everything.

Free of shame, free of guilt.

Just straight up free.

Let’s do this.

Originally published at Andrew L. Hicks.