Thursday, 8 January 2015

Sexual bulimia - pathology is normality for modern sexuality

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Bulimia nervosa is a common disorder - endemic and 'normal' in some groups - in which a person gorges on food, then induces vomiting: it is a matter of insatiably wanting to eat food; but to avoid nourishment.

Although this is understandable in a world where food is abundant and obesity is more of a problem than starvation; biologically, bulimia is a perversion of appetite - utterly to separate eating from nutrition. Its implicit goal is continually and unrestrainedly to gorge on whatever food takes your fancy - and yet be thin.

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Sexual bulimia is a common disorder - endemic and 'normal' in some groups - in which a person gorges on sex but eliminates fertility: it is a matter of insatiably wanting to have sex; but to avoid having children.

Although this is understandable in a world where sexual stimulation is abundant and the appetite for sex exceeds the supply; biologically, sexual bulimia is a perversion of appetite - utterly to separate sex from conception. Its implicit goal is continually and unrestrainedly to gorge on whatever sex takes your fancy - and yet be sterile.

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Thus to be a gourmet but thin, to be polymorphously promiscuous but sterile this is the modern ideal - to gratify and amplify proximate instincts without restraint or limit; while denying and extinguishing the ultimate goal and purpose of these instincts.

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Bulimia is still generally regarded as a misfortune, if not a disease; but when it comes to sex we have not merely normalized but aggrandized pathology into the ideal.

Yet conception is as basic a biological need as nutrition - indeed, at the margin more so; since conception is more proximate to reproductive success than is prolonging survival.

Modern society has become numb and blinded and in an aggressive state of denial with respect to the objective, biological pathology of modern sexuality and reproduction - we have come to love disease more than health, death more than life.

This is what it is to live in a world without God.

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