Ella Fitzgerald sang about it in the Cole Porter classic, “Let’s Fall In Love”. What she was actually urging, as in all love songs, was simply and specifically a sexual relationship.
Let’s get basic. Sexual union between male and female of all mammal species is necessary to continue their existance. Of course, some cynics may not think it’s worthwhile to continue human species, as hate, corruption, war, murder and terrorism fester and grow.
However, except for test tube babies, the undeniable fact is all new human lives start with male-female sexual union, whether in a honeymoon suite, midnight beach tryst or on the back seat of a Uber taxi.
Through the ages, any sexual activities deviating from those basics were forbidden, often punishable by death. Fortunately for today’s deviators, in modern democracies, many sexual choices other than Mother Nature’s plan are at least tolerated.
Whether you’re male, female or in between, undeniable instinct to keep human reproduction going is the same for everyone. At mid-teens, we feel our hormones calling, and go searching for partners of the opposite or same sex. At least in our free country, there’s no longer the need to justify our sexuality by marching in the streets, going to prison or being burned at the stake.
The recent new rulings about personal sexual choices in the Armed Forces bring back memories of my long-ago Navy service. Today, military same-sex relationships and acceptance of transgenders to serve are legal. It certainly was not during World War 2.
I was assigned for six months to a military jail, then called a Navy Disciplinary Barracks. My job as a benefits specialist was to process men who were completing one- or two-year sentences. Many had been imprisoned for then-illegal homosexual relationships.
Some had been career Navy, high-rated enlisted and junior officers. All of that was lost and, in addition to serving brig time, they were left with life-long prison records. For those returning to duty, all demoted to the lowest Navy seaman rating, my job was to explain resumption of benefits and pay.
More tragic, those receiving dishonorable discharges from the Navy faced permanent loss of voting and many other citizenship rights. Fortunately, that injustice was all in the distant past. Americans today are free to follow the Cole Porter song with its final lines:
I’m sure sometimes on the sly you do it.
Maybe even you and I might do it;
Let’s do it, let’s fall in love!