Thursday, 6 June 2013

Why is Sexy/Hot a term of approbation?

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Sexy/Hot means that a person is deliberately and by contrivance (it cannot occur by accident) projecting or radiating a sexual signal - a signal implicitly of availability and desire; which is why it is so difficult to ignore this signal, and why it is so powerful a means of getting attention and manipulating others.

But why is being Sexy/Hot regarded - as it all-but-universally is in mainstream modern culture - as a Good Thing?

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In all traditional societies, probably all societies until about 60 years ago, Sexy/Hot was recognized for what it is - extremely dangerous and invariably disruptive and potentially absolutely destructive: in short, something to be squashed ruthlessly.

I date the change to the 1950s and the key figures of Marylin Monroe and Elvis Presley - probably the first major mass media stars celebrated for being Sexy/Hot.

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So why the change?

Godlessness, obviously.

Without God there is only this world, and in this world only pleasurable distraction, and among pleasures (short term, selfish pleasures - which are obviously the easiest pleasures to sell) sex is about the most powerful (at least, in a world where people have enough to drink and eat, and are warm and dry).

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So this is what we find; and people have ceased to notice that in celebrating and promoting and adopting as a universal lifestyle the ideal of being Sexy/Hot, we are purposefully and with zeal contriving to destroy... well... everything, pretty much.

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8 comments:

  1. How would you respond to:

    "Why the change?
    The Pill, obviously."

    The Pill certainly dramatically lowered the costs and consequences of Godless pleasure-seeking...

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  2. @JP - Too late, attitudes had already changed; the pill was more like a consequence rather than a cause...

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  3. If there was "only this world", it would still be what it is: paradise.
    Are we speaking of "the world" as The World, or in a merely social sense?

    All the world's troubles originate from people seeing themselves as the world, rather than the world as them.



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  4. C. has left a new comment on your post "Why is Sexy/Hot a term of approbation?":

    What gives you the idea that "sexiness" must be deliberate? In that case unwanted sexual attention would be impossible - and believe me, it is possible to attract sexual attention while dressed modestly...

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  5. @C - Clearly the word has a wide and imprecise usage - the thing I am talking about IS deliberate, contrived, strategic.

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  6. Where I live, there is such a dire shortage of anything remotely describable as a 'hot chick', that the most astonishingly un-hot examples get to be described as 'hot'.
    i.e.: Anything under 90, having at least 1% of their mass not green/grey in colour, not legally dead, and possibly female in origin.
    This is what happens to language when you remove any baseline to provide context.

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  7. @Crow - I think you may be missing the point...

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  8. Funny you should say that, Bruce.
    The main thing I've noticed about internet communications is that there really isn't any point.
    Would that it were otherwise.

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