Junior Ganymede
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Your Body is not a Punishment

January 12th, 2018 by G.

The Masculinist sent out his latest letter yesterday. Good stuff. The gist is that men who are looking for marriage need to be both a good long-term prospect but also a good short-term prospect. He calls it Attraction + Investment. He contrasts it with the “Servant Leader” evangelical model which is all about how to be a good dad and husband but not at all about how to be a desirable dad and husband. Or about getting married in the first place. I think he’s on to something. I am a melancholy introverted intellectualish inoffensive Mormon guy, but I am and always have been about the cockiest punk of a melancholy introverted intellectualish inoffensive Mormon guy that can be imagined. And I ended up marrying just way way out of my league. This insight applies to both sexes, by the way. The G. daughters are solid, stable, compassionate people but they are also having their attention directed to matters of dress, grooming, fitness, and the small graces. Forever starts with Flirting or Eternity starts with Easy on the Eyes.

In general, I see a real problem with contemporary American Christianity, and contemporary American Mormon Christianity, and basically contemporary America. Its a rejection of the flesh. You first start with some basic moral principles, usually not very sophisticated ones, usually pretty much strawmen, and you first resent that reality does not conform to it, and then you deny that reality does not conform to it. You insist that women are the same as men, you insist that being a nice person will make everything work out nice for you, you insist that getting drunk at parties with strangers should have no dangers, you insist that the angels will catch you if you leap off the temple.

The body is not a punishment. The logic of fleshliness is meant to be. The constraints of reality are beautiful in their way. Embrace them.

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January 12th, 2018 12:25:15

January 12, 2018

St. Francis had some insightful Mormon-y things to say about the body, “Brother Ass.” But subsequent Franciscans seem to have taken it to unintended extremes.

Carter Craft
January 12, 2018

It’s hard to construe the self-flagellator as anything other than a promotor of self-flagellating.

Mormons don’t have a good grasp of what to think about the body because there are no good models for what to think about the body- none, anywhere, at all in Western thought. Mormons have to make do on their own when it comes to this topic because our beliefs are so different and so out of place in this culture.

January 13, 2018

What can we do about it? What are some good models you’ve heard of? The temple model is a good starting point, I think, but maybe we ought to think of our bodies as tabernacles, mobile fortresses of God, meant to be strong and beautiful and well-used.

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