Our Global Sexual Misconduct Problem
For most of us, sex is one of life’s greatest treasures. It can also be a tragedy. The reasons why seem obvious. I can sum them up quickly for you in this fit-for-the-public first section of the story. I really, truly don’t think you want to request the second section companion poem (see below). It’s going to be too rough for you.
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Our Global Sexual Misconduct Problem
There are sexual misconduct and rape problems in Nepal. They are probably no worse here than in America and not as severe as in some other parts of the world — but they exist. Most cultures and countries have suffered and condoned this tragedy since the beginning of people. The criminal sexuality problem has been more strongly brought to our attention in recent years by advances in technology that now circulate news instantaneously across the globe. That is of course a good thing, but the same technology also fosters a commercial manipulation that aggravates the problem. That commercial manipulation is one of several concrete reasons why so many folks are ruled as much by their genitals as they are by their minds and hearts.
It is certainly necessary to hold the individual perverts accountable for their actions. But isn’t our reaction to all the sensationalist exposures of sexual deviance by celebrities just a bit short-sighted? Where is the much more important indictment of our culture? our religions? our advertising?
Nature’s hardwiring of human reproductive drives is so much to deal with all by itself that it makes most people’s heads explode during puberty. Having the male equipment makes the job even more difficult. It takes effort, willpower, and education to insure that harmlessly out-of-control boys don’t grow up to become harmfully out-of-control men. Do we get that training? No! Instead we get religiously mandated sexual repression that too often leads to criminally explosive acting out.
Commercial advertising adds fuel to the fire. It gives us an insipid sexual hypnosis designed to sell products. The people behind these processes use sexual references and images to push the buttons within us that are beyond most people’s conscious control. Salesmen have used this approach powerfully enough to convince people to do some pretty bizarre things and purchase some very bizarre products. The effects of this constant battering by sexual nuance within advertising, religious sexual repression, and no-longer-relevant gender role assignments have led us into social disaster.
So what do we do? Do we try to cut off the problem at its source? Do we attempt to uproot this systemic manipulation of our population by prosecuting or at least making changes within those institutions responsible for all this negative brainwashing? No, we prefer the gross sensationalist approach that allows us to stay in denial about our systemic shortcomings. We prefer to deny our collective responsibility and malfunctions by heaping rage upon a few degenerates that have been clumsy, evil, and unfortunate enough to get picked out of the crowd. This allows us to feel good about being on the “right side” without having to take any action that may wobble the status quo. It allows us to enjoy a delusional feeling of moral superiority while still being complicit in systems that foster a real moral degeneracy.
Of course, everyone is responsible for their actions and again, individual perverts are not excusable. But from another angle and in a deeper sense, their prosecution equates to the war on individual illegal drug users as opposed to addressing a drug culture that has been spawned, sponsored, and fostered by the pharmaceutical/medical industry. It also bears resemblance to the war on poor people that we are engaged in as opposed to the war on poverty that we should be engaging.
These systemic malfunctions are global problems. But as is so often true, America gets the lion’s share of media coverage and so seems to lead the way. Do we want to be the nation that leads the world in prosecuting sexually degenerated individuals while at the same time leading the world in perpetuating the degenerate systems that produced those sick individuals?
Humanity has reached a “by-any-means-necessary” need for change regarding religious sexual repression, our culturally accepted norms based on gender role anachronisms, and the modern hypnotic mental disease that is commercial advertising. As is true of so many global problems, there is a lot of talk but not enough action. So many essential messages from activists, comedians, sages, and even politicians continue to fall on deaf ears in spite of their importance. We ignore difficult problems and even more difficult solutions in favor of manageable scapegoats, alibis, and excuses.
You can hang everyone from the most severe Cosbys to the mildest Frankens. You can string them up in public from the highest trees you can find. If not a very compassionate reaction, it is certainly an understandable one.
But treating a symptom never cured a disease.
THERE IS A SHORT POETIC COMPANION PIECE THAT GOES WITH THIS PROSE BIT ABOVE. IT IS A CONTINUING RANT ABOUT HOW WE, THROUGH OUR SOCIAL CONVENTIONS, HAVE FOSTERED A VERY DANGEROUS AND UNHEALTHY ATTITUDE TOWARD WOMEN AND SEXUALITY. IT LAYS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT ON WE INDIVIDUALS FOR NOT TAKING THE REINS OF OUR AMORPHOUS “SOCIETY” OR “CULTURE.” IT INDICTS WE FOLKS THAT MAKE UP OUR SOCIETIES RATHER THAN TREATING THOSE SOCIAL COLLECTIVES AS IF THEY WERE INDEPENDENTLY OPERATING STRUCTURES OUTSIDE OF OUR INFLUENCE.
HUMANS OFTEN FEEL ATTACHED TO THEIR SOCIAL COLLECTIVE WHEN IT IS CONVENIENT. “WE WENT TO THE MOON!” “WE WON THE WAR!” “WE BUILT A CIVILIZATION!” BUT HUMANS ALSO QUICKLY DETACH FROM SOCIAL STRUCTURES AND INSTITUTIONS WHEN THEY ARE INCONVENIENT, BOTHERSOME, HORRIFYING, OR EVEN JUST EMBARRASSING. “THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY KILLS MORE PEOPLE THAN IT SAVES!” “CORPORATIONS ARE DESTROYING THE PLANET!” “THE GOVERNMENT STARTS IMMORAL WARS THAT KILL MILLIONS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE!”
THE ENTIRE MEDICAL INDUSTRY, EVERY CORPORATION, AND ALL GOVERNMENTS ARE COMPOSED OF WE THE PEOPLE OF EARTH. BUT MOST FOLKS MENTALLY DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM AND THEN TRANSFER RESPONSIBILITY TO AMORPHOUS STRUCTURES. WE DON’T RECOGNIZE OURSELVES AS THE REAL PERPETRATORS, OR EVEN AS COMPLICIT PARTICIPANTS.
THE POEM IN QUESTION DOES NOT TAKE THAT STANCE. IT WILL BE SEEN AS WAY TOO CRUDE AND OFFENSIVE FOR MOST FOLKS. IF YOU WANT TO SEE IT ANYWAY, PLEASE SEND ME A REQUEST. I WILL BE GLAD TO FORWARD IT TO YOU — ON CONDITION THAT IF YOU END UP BEING REPULSED RATHER THAN INSPIRED BY THE (SO-CALLED) FOUL LANGUAGE, HARSH RHETORIC, AND MERCILESS OBSERVATIONS, YOU WILL PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU WERE WARNED ABOUT THIS PIECE. AGAIN, IT IS PROBABLY NOT FOR YOU.
About the Author
Doug “Ten” Rose may be the biggest smartass as well as one of the most entertaining survivors of the hitchhiking adventurers that used to cover America’s highways. He is the author of the books Fearless Puppy on American Road and Reincarnation Through Common Sense, has survived heroin addiction and death, and is a graduate of over a hundred thousand miles of travel without ever driving a car, owning a phone, or having a bank account.
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