My first pop-culture encounter with tantric sex was—like so many other “edgy” sexual practices, from threesomes to fetishes—during a “SATC” episode. The women attend a tantric sex workshop in which a white-haired woman massages her elderly, blissed-out husband, who, after some buildup, ejaculates into the air and … onto Miranda. Educational? Sure. An accurate depiction of tantra? Not so much, according to my sources.
In our so-called permissive society, in which most of our senses are so richly catered for, it is amazing that the sense of touch is ignored. This has sadly come about because, over the centuries, touching others has come to be seen as having a sexual connotation.