The answer to the question as stated in the summary is clearly "yes": sex can be for physical pleasure only. The more interesting question, touched on in the body (no pun intended) is whether it should be. This could be answered either briefly or at great length, and I'm going to go for brief.
The problem with sex as purely physical pleasure is that it can be so, so much better than that, and deliberately pursuing it as purely physical makes it harder to find a romantic partner with whom the physical and spiritual elements of sex unite.
answered Feb 13 '12 at 18:15
Kyle Haight ♦