Get Off

"This song touches on an interesting concept.  The song's protagonist seems to be talking about his struggle with his own sexuality. Although the protagonist is not necessarily Graffin, he did write the song, so his perspective, which is often very intellectual, is key.  A lot of the song is somewhat unclear, and I would probably understand it better if I had read the book that Graffin was referencing (The Green Screen Mentality i think) but basically it seems that the singer cannot reconcile his sexual desire with other aspects of himself.  It seems possible that the nature of sexual desire, being powerful and irrational, is at odds with an intellectually compartmentalized view of the world.  This would seem to be a common problem amongst "enlightened" intellectuals.  Often, the sexual instinct is seen as a source of avarice and as base.  It seems to me that many intellectuals need to justify their sexual desire, seeing it as alien to their normal feelings, and as something to be controlled in the interest of a more mature and supposedly higher manner of being in which human relationships are the product of logical intellectual bonds.  Unfortunately, especially from the male perspective, such an attitude is often construed as anti-sexist (it is not my opinion that all feminists would share this view).  I think this is a case of making something that is really very simple overly complex, and thus failing to understand its real significance.  Sure enough, sexual attraction is a product of biological processes, but so is higher reasoning.  Passion is an ends in and of itself and requires no outward reason to justify it.  Romantic love and sex rarely separate neatly into clearly defined concepts as a frustrated male might want to believe.  Ultimately, I think the protagonist instead of trying to "revolve the other way" would do better to embrace his sexuality, and not be afraid of the consequences of feelings that cannot be explained by sober analysis.  But as I said, a lot of this song is con! fusing, and my interpretation of the protagonist's mental state could be very mistaken."