In a message dated 4/3/03 2:44:17 PM Pacific Standard Time, [log in to unmask] writes:

I don't  think you can make that generalization.  Mystics used it
that way.  It doesn't mean sex was not sex in any context.  Think
of Chaucer

the Canturbury tales is a religious poem of renewal.  Chaucer understood, like any poet, that every letter of your poem needs to exist to express your theme.