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Old 4th April 2008, 01:56 PM   #45
Susan Strict
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Re: Husband doesn't want sex

I respect your views, of course, but I do feel there may be something you are missing.

Read the Song of Solomon (also called the Song of Songs), and feel the power of the celebration of sexuality in it - even the watered-down badly translated version in most modern translations. The original Hebrew is, without any shadow of a doubt, "pornographic" writing that was calculated to sexually excite the reader. I can't produce the evidence for it, but I'm sure I also remember reading that many of the older scripts from which modern translations of the Song of Solomon are taken were also illustrated with erotic drawings.

And it's beautiful.

Now, contrast that with the equally pornographic but very different writing in Ezekiel 23 and the events described in it. Does it have to go on and on like that? Of course it doesn't. It could say what it needs to say with far less of the stuff like "she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys". It's porn, and quite deliberately so, and it drives home so forcefully the difference between good sexuality and bad sexuality. It's not beautiful at all.

To enjoy something beautiful, something that "titillates" like the Song of Solomon cannot, in my mind, ever be bad unless we allow ourselves to become addicted to such material. The addiction is bad, not the material - in exactly the same way that most of us may enjoy a glass of wine without that becoming an addiction and in the knowledge that the alcohol we consume can be an evil if we allow it to be.

Anyway, that's me done on this subject. I think I'm rather getting off the main topic of this thread anyway.
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