Now, I’m not saying the question was brilliant but that Spartacus quote is bang on. Decent Eugene S. Robinson. Decent. From this blog under the category wildcard: http://www.ozy.com/wildcard
Dear “Jeremy”: In Spartacus, Stanley Kubrick’s great take on swords, sandals and ancient Roman dining, Sir Laurence Olivier as Crassus asks his bathing boy, played by Tony Curtis if he considered ”the eating of oysters to be moral and the eating of snails to be immoral?” He then goes in for the bisexual bomb of genius, ”taste is not the same as appetite, and therefore not a question of morals.” BOOM. Which is to say: people are going to like what they’re going to like. With great disregard for political issues of the day, peer pressure or the prevalence of online porn being able to lay some claim for influencing behaviors. How do I know? Because like hypnotists say, you can’t really hypnotize someone into doing something they fundamentally don’t want to do. Or put another way, no one is consenting to having a penis placed in their rectum if it doesn’t accord with what feels good to them in general. It may not directly advance any sort of reproductive, evolutionary enhancement of the species but neither do incense, wine and candles (apologies to Rick James), and these are routinely used in “breeding scenarios”. And you know I’m no evolutionary biologist so I have no idea what was created for what and like most of us, I imagine even less so when in the presence of incense, wine, candles and nudity. So my macro answer remains the same, “it feels good.” And I’m completely OK with the micro answers you hint at even if in the end I feel no tremendous need to wonder why one person might like snails and another oysters. If you know what I mean.