Junior Ganymede
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Sex Without Beauty

August 06th, 2013 by G.

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The combination of sexually aggressive dress with deliberate uglification (tattoos, hair dye, facial piercings, etc.) is telling. The goal is specifically sexual attractiveness without beauty — attraction stripped of its aesthetic, spiritual, human aspects and reduced to raw animal lust.

Thus Wm. Jas., in a discussion with Bruce Charlton

Never forget that when we are dealing with any pleasure in its healthy and normal and satisfying form, we are, in a sense, on the Enemy’s ground. I know we have won many a soul through pleasure.

All the same, it is His invention, not ours. He made the pleasures: all our research so far has not enabled us to produce one. Hence we always try to work away from the natural condition of any pleasure to that in which it is least natural, least redolent of its Maker, and least pleasurable. An ever increasing craving for an ever diminishing pleasure is the formula. It is more certain; and it’s better style. To get the man’s souls and give him nothing in return — that is what really gladdens Our Father’s Heart.

-Screwtape.

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August 06th, 2013 11:38:58
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Vader
August 6, 2013

I am reminded of a searing passage from William Manchester’s biography where he is involved in the awful fighting on Okinawa, and has a nightmare one night of what he called the Whore of War. A rotting, cadaverous, female figure who nonetheless brought him to full sexual arousal.

I could not finish the book and do not recommend it, for many reasons in addition to squeamishness. But it seems resonant with the discussion here.


Zen
August 8, 2013

It is interesting to me, that many atheists have left the faith because they were disappointed in the Christians they met. There seems to be a dearth of both keeping commandments and understanding doctrine. For many people, tattoos are simply not understanding the doctrine of the body being in image of God. But quibbles like that aside, I liked what Bruce had to say.

As the Screwtape quote above would suggest, I suspect we will see less sex, not more. There will come a great abstinence, not born of virtue, but of narcissism, and pride, and greed. People will be too busy with their careers, or look down on others. Yet, there will be more obsession with sex. That is why I consider porn to be in many ways, worse than immorality. It is all the lust, without even the interaction with others. The modern obsession with sacred immutability sexual identity (with its bizarrely Calvinist twist) takes little account that 10% of the people get 90% of the action. We all think ourselves in the 10% or close. We certainly would not admit we are in the bottom 10%.

Recently, some aging Hollywood starlet said she was past casual sex and more interested now in “full course meals”. Even the sated will eventually have to acknowledge that they “have committed two evils. They have forsaken Me, the Fountain of Living Waters, and hewn themselves out cisterns. Broken cisterns that will hold no water.”

Perhaps these recent articles on Meaning vs Happiness will shed some light.
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/08/meaning-is-healthier-than-happiness/278250/

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/01/theres-more-to-life-than-being-happy/266805/

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