‘Sex’ is as important as eating or drinking and we ought to allow the one appetite to be satisfied with as little restraint or false modesty as the other.
[Marquis de Sade]
This quote reminds me of an episode of Red Dwarf(1) set in a holographic ship manned by a super-intelligent holographic crew. It shows one of the many ways the above quote can be lived, at least in science fiction: Holoship – First Elevator Scene.
I like sex coupled with romantic notions and spiritual intimacy, but that is not always achievable or desirable, and I see nothing wrong with viewing sex as sustenance for the body, much like food, provided participants act responsibly and with informed consent.
(1) A science fiction sit-com started in the 80s