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Sexy highlights from a night of 'Deus Sex Machina'

In the opening act, “Performance Anxiety Workshop,” Dustin Celestino regaled the audience with his journey towards becoming a “champion of sex,” through “years of hard work and determination.” He talked about drawing inspiration from the film Rudy, seeing parallels between the title character’s football career and the growth of his own sex life, and pushing himself to “just get in there!”

During the intermission, JR Santos moderated a game called “Cosmo or DSM,” written by Aya Tantiangco. Two volunteers from the audience read pieces of sex advice projected on-screen, and decided whether it came from the popular women’s magazine, or the DSM writers.

Often it was difficult to figure out whether the advice was trying to injure or confuse. For example, “Push an exercise ball up against the wall, have him sit on it, bounce on him” (from the magazine). Or this gem, “Rock his world by shaking it up while you're on top. Do a circular motion first, followed by a rocking one, then try a little zigzag.  Bounce up and down, then turn around and twerk, twerk, twerk!” from DSM. So part of the lesson was in figuring out which information was credible and accurate!

Aya Tantiangco.

Photos by Alan Garrick Bercero

There are so many ways to have sex.

Perhaps the most important lesson to be learned from Deus Sex Machina is that sex is ubiquitous, and resplendent in its variety. In Denice De Guzman’s “The Inexperience of Senator Nancy Puday,” Figuracion asks a witness in a Senate hearing, “Ano ang position mo?” Co-reader Glerren Bangalan responds with, “Minsan sa ibabaw ng lamesa, minsan sa ilalim, minsan kung mabilisan lang, sa banyo,” because sex doesn’t just happen in the bedroom.

In Keng’s ode to Star Trek and Dimacali’s account of Hawking’s sex life, you see that even the great and powerful have sexual urges. And in all the performances, you cringe about the challenges of dealing with sexual desire while laughing at the misadventures of fictional characters.

If you can get used to the idea of animated character and our childhood heroes and heroines having sex, having trouble having sex, and the like, then maybe it will be easier to talk about sex in the real world. So treat yourself to a different brand of sexuality education at Deus Sex Machina. Their next show is scheduled for July 22 at Route 196. Check out their Facebook page for updates. – Rappler.com