A little while ago, over at Single In The City's place I saw she had taken a little quiz which showed how sinful we are. I thought it was a cool little thing, and decided I should do it too.
I also thought it would be cool to make this a whole new "series" of posts... taking a close look at each of the seven deadly sins, and relating to them on a personal level.
Initially, I meant to do this in order of my own "sinfulness" in each sin... but at the end of the test I was struck by a touch of Wrath... turns out I had to pay $4.95 to get that listing... there's no way I'm paying that for some half assed test that is probably as reliable as the Mitchell Report. At least - what the test result did reveal was which my most prominent sin is... so that gave me a place to start.
Am I surprised? No - not at all really... I thought maybe Sloth and/or Gluttony would be up there... but, I would agree that Lust is my most prominent sin indeed... lets take a look at that test result shall we?
Now, as I said - lets take a look at this Deadly Sin on a personal level... Lust! What is lust?, you may ask. Well, lets copy the definition from wikipedia for reference...
Lust (or lechery) is usually thought of as involving obsessive or excessive thoughts or desires of a sexual nature. Unfulfilled lusts sometimes lead to sexual or sociological compulsions and/or transgressions including (but obviously not limited to) sexual addiction, adultery, bestiality, rape, and incest. Dante's criterion was "excessive love of others," which therefore rendered love and devotion to God as secondary. In Purgatorio, the penitent walks within flames to purge himself of lustful/sexual thoughts and feelings.I am a naughty, naughty boy...
Obsessive or excessive thoughts or desires of a sexual nature: Now, I'm not going to go as far as to say that my sexual desire is either obsessive or excessive. Well, it might be excessive at times... you know - when the testosterone levels reach a critical point. But, I will certainly agree that when compared to the other seven deadly sins - this is the sin that I would most definitely choose to indulge in... excessively. Of course... if I've been deprived of both food and sex for a week... it is likely that I would choose Gluttony over Lust at that point - so it's all relative... I'm sure, however, once I've restocked my nutrient levels - sex will be what is on my mind.
Now, I'm a single guy - so I don't get anywhere near as much sex as I would like to have at the moment. I can't say for sure whether that adds to a sexual need, or if it deprives me of it. All I can say for sure is that... women better watch out, because give me an inch and I'll take all of you in! Every single good looking woman out there on the streets, in the bars, at the gym, behind the counter at the local coffee shop... hell! Even the telemarketer that I can't see, if she has a sexy voice... just say the word and lets get it on!
I don't think this all makes me sinful... no more than the average guy. I believe I am genetically cursed to be this way... because I was born a man!
So... as a man: Do I watch porn?
Come on! What guy does not watch porn? I know of maybe one or two who claim they do not... I don't believe that for one second - of course they watch porn!
I've been around since the 80's watching adult movies. I was there, nervously renting VHS tapes at various back street outlets at the age of 15, as soon as my mom was away for a day or so - so I could sneak home and pop said VHS tape in the VCR. Often one would have friends over and watch it. This was back in the day when we thought Traci Lords, Ginger Lynn and Stacy Donovan were the sexiest things on the planet. Of course they were - we got to see all of their special parts!
Porn today is even better. Not only have the "professional" porn companies discovered the technology behind filming. Making the lighting, coloring and even editing good enough not to ruin the experience. The women in todays porn are so freaking hot it's not even funny any more. And there isn't just the 5 or so major stars around... there are like hundreds (if not thousands) of them that are mindblowingly beautiful.
So... how can a guy NOT watch porn?
But, lets look at the possible compulsions/transgressions which can result from my sexual desires...
Sexual Addiction: Can/Could/Will happen? The question here is how often must one think about sex to become addicted to it? Every day? Then I'm cursed... I think about sex every day. No - I think most everyone thinks about sex on a daily basis. A study I found on the internet says that people (male as well as female) think about sex at least 10 times a day - so even if you think about sex once every hour... I hardly believe it qualifies as an addiction. My take - if you think about sex every minute of the day, you are addicted. I'm sure there are a few minutes during the day when I think about something else...
Adultery: While adultery normally speaks to married people - lets simplify this by calling it "cheating" instead. Have I ever cheated on someone? I hate to admit it... but I have. In fact, I did it once the very same night I got involved with this girl - I ended up screwing her class mate at a party that night. Don't think too badly of me - the girl who was supposed to be my girlfriend stood me up that first night in preference of doing some drugs. There was also the time when I did it to get back at the girl because she had done it to me... fair enough, huh?
Beastiality: In the words of Axel Foley from the Beverly Hills Cop movies: "Get the fuck outta here!" Under no circumstances will I ever have sexual intercourse with any kind of animal. What the hell has that got to do with sexual desire? That is just downright sick and demented. Animals can be cute and all - but for the love of Jeeezah!
Rape: Again - GET REAL! I don't care if I'm so horny I have to carry a needle and some thread to sew the front of my pants back together every 30 seconds - if the woman doesn't consent... it isn't going to please me. Rape is not a sexual desire - studies have shown over and over again that rape is an act of rage and hatred towards women... by no means a love or desire for them. And me? I love me some women... why would I want to hurt them?
Incest: Now, I'm getting angry. These possible "compulsions" from Lust are in no way related to sexual desire in any way as far as I'm concerned. Along with beastiality, incest is the result of a seriously demented mind - and not sexual desire. Family members are OFF LIMIT!
In Purgatorio, the penitent walks within flames to purge himself of lustful/sexual thoughts and feelings: Now... why do I think that sounds HOT!?
Now, in addition to talking a little about the 7 Deadly Sins - in this series I will add a new song to my playlist which represents the sin. And what song could possibly represent Lust more than the old 80's controversial song "Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)" by W.A.S.P.? I became a fan of the band after reading all the commotion surrounding that song, and I loved their first album... yes, the music was actually really good. Now - this song may not be the best one they ever did... but tell me it doesn't represent Sinful Lust, and I'll tell you you're a liar!
I hope you enjoyed this rather different post... and that you'll be looking forward to the other six Deadly Sins!
Tomorrow is WWC day... don't forget - the words are SHINY and ERA!