Time to address problem of ‘desire’
LESTER September of the Forum of Cape Flats Civics is to be commended for his letter (“Zille and De Lille’s silence”, Weekend Argus May 27) spelling out an excellent master plan to deal with the epidemic of rape and murder of little girls (and others). Please, powers-that-be, come to the party, quickly.
If we, standing on the riverbank, are seeing drowning people struggling, then we should be doing some life saving; but first prize would be to also send a repair team upstream to fix whatever is causing the problem.
Mr September introduces “the crime triangle of desire, target and opportunity”. He covers the latter two points but has said nothing about desire. If this could be addressed, the problem would fall away. Desire is the upstream cause.
Muslims and orthodox Jews separate men and women in their worship meetings; both also require their women to be modestly clothed. The pope heads up a men-managed church with separate orders for men and women (again modestly covered). Are they making women second-class citizens? I don’t think so. There is nothing wrong with the women, it is because many men are often unable to think straight in the presence of a sexy woman. For good reason, these faith-based organisations have retained these traditions, while the world has moved on.
The past 60 years have seen major changes to conventional wisdom. The current paradigm is quite different.
Men and women have different hormones. So different that, to this day, they are assigned separate sports events, magazines and toilets.
Anthropologist Margaret Mead’s Samoan myth masquerading as science and Alfred Kinsey’s fraudulent sex research heralded the launch of the American pornographic magazines (aimed at men) in the 1950s. They convinced a generation of men to believe intimate sex was as easily obtainable as a Coke. Winning and wooing was unnecessary.
Here we are now, saddled with a multibillion-dollar porn industry on the internet. Rape could be what some men take to be the new “doin’ what comes naturally”.
I submit the new paradigm is out of sync with the hormones. Evolution has become generally accepted.
It tells us we are just another animal. There is nothing special about you; your life has no purpose; morality is arbitrary and flexible. The evils issuing from this Pandora’s box may afflict mankind way beyond this postmodern period.
So lock up your wife and daughter. And campaign for the return of the death penalty.