a college paper Spartan Daily, has spoken out criticizing OneTaste, and quoting Reese Jones, and Nicole Daedone.
"Thinking with your head, and not with your pants" [media.www.thespartandaily.com
The connection to colleges, students and OneTaste, is not a random one.
For example, are these associations connected to youth, appropriate with the controversial XXX-rated sexually exploitative OneTaste, with its direct connections to Victor Baranco,
(Mindfuckers: A Source Book on the Rise of Acid Fascism in America, Including Material on Charles Manson, Mel Lyman, Victor Baranco, and Their Followers) [www.amazon.com
as Robert Kandell of OneTaste posted...
] "She [Nicole Daedone] has spent the last seven years devoting her energy to the work of Dr. Victor Baronco, founder of More University." (Quote by Robert Kandell, Jan 10, 2006)
Reese Jones is listed as a Director of Chabot Space & Science Center.
QUOTE: "Chabot Space & Science Center inspires and educates students of all ages about our Planet Earth and the Universe. ...outreach K-12 programs serve over 50,000 school children annually. Up to 2,000 K-12 teachers annually can take part in professional development programs, who in turn reach up to 60,000 Bay Area students each year."
Fellow, Univ. of California, Berkeley
Reese Jones 1999 Fellow [entrepreneurship.berkeley.edu
University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business
Lester Center Fellows, Fellows in Entrepreneurship:
Fellows in Entrepreneurship:
2006 - Jim Hornthal
2005 - Jim Hornthal
2004 - Terry Opdendyk
2003 - Kevin Brown
2002 - Jim Hornthal
2001 - Steve Domenik
2000 - Hubbard C. Howe
1999 - Reese Jones
1998 - Jerry Fiddler
1997 - Joan Cooper
1996 - Anita Dimondstein
Thinking with your head, and not with your pants
It's Down to This
Issue date: 4/15/09
San Francisco's One Taste Urban Retreat Center, which houses almost 40 people, offers massages, yoga classes and orgasmic meditation.
The residents get up at 7 a.m. to stroke and be stroked. The women, undressed from the waist down, climax via their research partners - that's what they call them - who, they say, also benefit from the meditation.
A 2007 SF Weekly article reported that the center's founder, Nicole Daedone, hails "OMing," or orgasmic meditation, as the slow sex movement, coming on the heels of the slow food movement. Daedone aims to have branches in every major city, such as Los Angeles and Seattle.
"Many communal living situations centered on women have been about denying sexuality - convents, for example, or selling it, like at brothels," said Ted McIlvenna, president of the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.
I get it - the center empowers women's sensuality, which has been denied, even up until today. I don't have a problem with the center's mission of "making your body a pleasurable place to be" either. It's a noble goal.
Racheli Cherwitz, 28, said the center "has improved her self-image and given her 'deep physical access to the woman (she is) and the woman (she wants) to be.'"
That I have a problem with. It's one thing to allow orgasmic meditation to rejuvenate your sexuality, but to let it define who you are? The article states that the residents' ages span from the 20s to 50s. I realize that's when quarter and mid-life crises set in, but there are other, more constructive ways in which to find yourself.
Get a hobby.
Then again, a New York Times article found residents claiming that "OMing is really about the 'hydration' of the self, the human connection, not sex."
However, Reese Jones, boyfriend of the center's founder, said, "It's a procedure to nourish the limbic system, like yoga or Pilates, with no other strings attached."
"When you go to a massage therapist," he added, "you don't take the masseuse to dinner afterward."
Contradiction much. If the center is really about bonding, then why are some residents' so-called research partners not their life partners? They could stroke a person in the morning and share a bed with someone else the same night. The connection truly runs deep.
Bob Gower, a 41-year-old resident, said, "I have just the closest friendships that I've ever had, the deepest love for people that I've ever had."
OK, you can build friendships in nursery, kindergarten, elementary and high schools, summer camps, college and work. Perhaps people can't help where they find friendship but once you get a hobby, make friends there rather than at a sex center where you're in lust.
Elana Auerbach, a former resident at the center, presented another problem with the participants: "They take on Nicole, exude Nicoleness."
She said, "You stop trusting yourself and start trusting Nicole."
Daedone denied it, of course, but even she admitted, "There's a high potential for this to be a cult."
Auerbach eventually left the center because she said she "wanted a life that was 'heart-focused rather than genital-focused.'"
Yet some, such as Daedone, actually equate orgasmic meditation with fulfillment.
"I just broke open, and the feeling was pure and clean. In a strange way, I think at that moment I decided to live," said Daedone, referring to her first experience prior to opening the center.
Really? An orgasm compelled her to start living?
For the most part, I'm all for the mantra, "To each his own." Spend your hours playing "Guitar Hero," bouncing on a trampoline or jumping off cliffs, fine. But I don't believe people need to rely on orgasms to jumpstart their lives.
After all, there's no Viagra for women.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 04/17/2009 12:27PM by The Anticult.