Donna Sheehan and Paul Reffell, a couple of peace activists from San Francisco, have called for mass orgasms on the forthcoming winter solstice. An added wrinkle is that the participants are required to focus on world peace during and after the climax. The couple, who have studied evolutionary psychology, believe that war is the result of "my missile is bigger than your missile" posturing to impress potential mates. Sexual orgasm, as Reffell put it, "gives out an incredible feeling of peace during it and after it. Your mind is like a blank. It's like a meditative state. And mass meditations have been shown to make a change."
If you think this is yet another new age nonsense, think again. Sheehan and Reffell seem to have received a shot in the arm from an unlikely source crayfish! Laboratory experiments involving the Louisiana crayfish have revealed that the males of the species engage in pseudosex with each other to control aggression and avoid grievous injury. Males that don't indulge in this sort of behavior often killed each other. According to neuroethologist Donald Edwards of Georgia State University and his colleagues, who conducted the experiments, this sort of pseudo-copulation lasted only for a fraction of the time it took for the real stuff. Nonetheless it helped to establish hierarchical ranking among males, without escalating conflicts into dangerous wars. Apparently, such pseudocopulation has also been observed to occur among primates and other mammals.
These findings help Sheehan and Reffell in a couple of ways. If some of the participants faked orgasms, as it is wont to happen occasionally, the orgiastic winter solstice may yet bring about world peace. Merely going through the motions would do. Also, if you are a couple of out-of-luck heterosexual men sharing an apartment, you can still participate. Just stay home and fake the sex and the orgasm as the crayfish might do.
If only George and Saddam were a pair of crayfish...