Okay, my husband just built me a wall of shelves for my office and so it was time for that “between-semesters-cleaning” of the home office, thus there may be a lot of posts of articles I found in my office. I just stumbled across a magazine file that was full of Humanistic Mathematics journals.

The last article in Journal #22 caught my eye, it is called *Mathematics and Sex*, by Yan Kow Cheong. It consists of numerous comparisons of … you guessed it… mathematics and sex. Here are some of my favorites; notice the last one really **does** have to do with math & technology.

1. Success in proving a theorem is immensely satisfying. *Success in attaining orgasm is immensly satisfying.*

2. Fear of mathematical performance. *Fear of sexual performance*.

3. Mathematical knowledge is not of great use unless it arises from, or can be integrated with, experience. *Sexual knowledge is not of much use unless it is accompanied by practice and experience*.

4. Abstract mathematics is repulsive to immature young minds. *Unorthodox sex knowledge is repulsive to immature young minds.*

5. Math manipulatives meet the desires of the mathematically curious. *Sex gadgets meet the desires of the sexually curious.*

6. Lying in math is common: you never tell the whole truth to simplify your explanation. *Lying about sexual matters is common: you never tell the whole truth to avoid hurting your partner.*

7. The cardinal sin of division by zero results in a mathematical breakdown (fallacy & paradox). *The cardinal sin of adultery results in a marital breakdown (divorce & separation)*.

8. Cybermath will revolutionize the teaching and learning of mathematics. Virtual mathematics will substitute tutoring. *Cybersex will revolutionize sex education. Virtual sex will substitute prostitution.*

If you would now like to read the rest of the list, you can follow this link to the online pdf of Journal #22, and scroll down to page 44.

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