This Sunday the Times ran a piece about SF cult devoted to the female orgasm. Even stranger than the group fingerbang sessions are the allusions. Not generally people you want to think of during orgasm.

In order of appearance:

  • Oprah Winfrey—"EVEN in a culture in which sex toys are a booming business and Oprah Winfrey discusses living your best life in the bedroom"
  • Mary Oliver—"Ms. Daedone, 41, who can quote the poet Mary Oliver and speak wryly on the intricacies of women's anatomy with equal aplomb."
  • Sean Penn—"San Francisco is proud of its libertine heritage, as Sean Penn recently demonstrated in "Milk."
  • Robert A. Heinlein—"Nicole groks people," said Marci Boyd, 57, the group's oldest resident, borrowing a phrase from Robert A. Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land" that connotes understanding someone so totally that the observer becomes one with the observed."
  • Caravaggio—"When [the orgasm] was over, Ms. Dawson emanated radiance worthy of a Caravaggio, a youthful innocence."
  • Howard Cosell and Woody Allen—"Instead, a different image came to mind: the post-coital interview by Howard Cosell, holding a microphone, in Woody Allen's "Bananas."