Wednesday, February 10, 2010

"Welcome to the New Paleolithic"

Charlotte Allen argues that "tens of thousands of years of human mating practices have swirled into oblivion like shampoo down the shower drain and Cro-Magnons once again drag women by the hair into their caves—and the women love every minute of it" — The New Dating Game. She continues:
    Louts who might as well be clad in bearskins and wielding spears trample over every nicety developed over millennia to mark out a ritual of courtship as a prelude to sex: Not just marriage (that went years ago with the sexual revolution and the mass-marketing of the birth-control pill) or formal dating (the hookup culture finished that)—but amorous preliminaries and other civilities once regarded as elementary, at least among the college-educated classes.

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Anonymous love the girls said...

Charlotte Allen is an idiot. We're suffering from a complete cultural and social breakdown and all she can envision is some childish reference to cavemen.

Men like Tucker Max should be burned at the stake. Or at the least outlawed, thus acknowledging their abandonment of all laws of decency to themselves.

1:21 PM  
Anonymous love the girls said...

I shouldn't have called Charlotte Allen an idiot. And I do very much appreciate that in the course of the article she does explain what is actually happening.

As for Tucker Max, probably the best way to treat him is as one would treat a rabid dog. There's no sense in punishing the vicious man because he's incapable of recognizing his acts as vicious and simply sees the punishment as some kind of torture. So the state should just drag him to the wall and shoot him. And then hang his body from a local bridge as a warning to others inclined to follow in his footsteps.

12:22 AM  
Anonymous David said...

I think the real thrust of the article is not that there are Lotharios like Tucker Max out there, but that so many women today seek them out and happily service their needs. There have always been men like him, but the difference is that women today have none of the restraints towards casual sex that they used to. This is the result of 40-50 years of the loosening of sexual morals that began in the 50s and 60s. One thing I found curiously absent from the article was any discussion of what might be termed "recreational lesbianism," either for its effect of turning on men who witness it, or as an alternative means of sexual release by women who are actually heterosexual. This is something that has become very widespread in the past decade, and is another aspect of the hypersexualization of women in our culture.

@Love the Girls: Take Tucker Max (and men like him) out to be shot and hung from a bridge as a warning? I can think of a few middle eastern kingdoms you might be happier living in. Besides, what about the women? Are they just hapless victims, incapable of any agency?

1:07 AM  
Anonymous love the girls said...

David writes : "I can think of a few middle eastern kingdoms you might be happier living in."

I would not be happier in the least, my culture is western. The authority to execute men like Tucker Max properly belongs to the state, and if it fails to act for whatever reason then the family, i.e. the father and brothers should defend the girls honor, even if the girl willing tramples upon that same honor.

Thus I first mentioned the state's duty to the common good.

As for punishment of the girls, let them likewise receive what was traditionally received. For instance, sending them to a convent to live out their lives.

As for the girls being "hapless victims, incapable of any agency", no girl acts the way those girls do unless she has first been virtually fully corrupted, either through her own will, or not of her own volition through inculcation. But either way, it's traditional to hold the man accountable for a woman's honor. A tradition grounded in common sense and understanding of the difference of the sexes. To hold both sexes to the same standard is to choose the road which brought us here in the first place.

2:15 AM  
Anonymous David said...

Well, I suppose the Bronze Age is a step up from the Paleolithic, but I wouldn't want to live then either...

9:05 AM  
Anonymous love the girls said...

David writes : "This is the result of 40-50 years of the loosening of sexual morals that began in the 50s and 60s."

beginnings of anything are rather difficult to fix, and the loosening of sexual morals can just as easily be seen as beginning 30 years earlier. In fact, I wonder if the 60s were not the beginning of the end, but the beginning of the return from the abyss society was sliding into.

What we are seeing is not a result of the 60s, but a result of something earlier, with the 60s being the beginning of an entrenchment to return to sanity.

As Francis Shaeffer writes : "...the hippies of the 1960s did understand something. They were right in fighting the plastic culture, and the church should have been fighting it too... More than this, they were right in the fact that the plastic culture - modern man, the mechanistic worldview in university textbooks and in practice, the total threat of the machine, the establishment technology, the bourgeois upper middle class - is poor in its sensitivity to nature... As a utopian group, the counterculture understands something very real, both as to the culture as a culture, but also as to the poverty of modern man's concept of nature and the way the machine is eating up nature on every side.
(Francis A. Schaeffer, Pollution and the Death of Man, Ch. 2)"

I know for myself, that the entire way I raise my children had its rebirth in the 60s, as did much of Catholic culture which was being lost in the plastic culture Francis Shaeffer speaks of.

1:21 PM  

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