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There’s a great line early on in The Juliette Society that says 120 Days of Sodom is the only book that outdoes the Bible for sexual perversion and violence.

[Laughs] It’s funny because I’ve spoken with you a few times, and I wondered if you were going to ask about that. Yes, it is a viewpoint I share. I guess some of that comes from the fact that I’m a reformed Catholic—as in I’m no longer a Catholic, but was raised one.

Well of course you are.

The character of Catherine is brought up Catholic and taught sex was “something you weren’t supposed to seek or experience pleasure in,” which mirrors your own upbringing.

While my mom was very Catholic, my dad wasn’t whatsoever, so I felt torn because I had this idea from my mom of what sex represented, which was that sex was meant for marriage, but also received the blunt truth from my dad which was, “Don’t ever believe what a boy tells you, because they’re just trying to get into your pants.” One time, I remember asking my mom if she ever had anal sex and she was hysterical. Oh, my God! Why would you ask me this?! Women and young girls aren’t taught to be proud or confident in their sexuality because they’re easily labeled as “sluts” or “whores,” which is both good and bad, because 14-year-old girls shouldn’t be running around like, “Let me get that dick!” but shouldn’t be demonized, either. I knew, for myself, that the first time I ever had sex I didn’t want it to be with someone I was in love with, because I’d watched all my friends fall for some guy and have sex with them, and two months later they’re heartbroken. I knew I didn’t want to have some boy manipulate me. Once I started to have sex and become sexually active, all that guilt and shame vanished into thin air, and it was this physical experience that told my mind that it was OK.

Good advice, Dad! But what if a boy tells you, “I’m just trying to get into your pants?” What then?

Comments

  1. notrelatedtoted says:

    TAGGED WITH: HOW DID I WIND UP WITH ALL THESE KIDS?

  2. People argued for 120 Days of Sodom as an important korrektiv to the nonsense Rousseau was spouting about the inherent nobility of man. De Sade made the case for human depravity, and people treasure him for it. The Bible makes the same case for human depravity, and people seem eager to dismiss it for precisely that reason – possibly because it poses a korrektiv of its own.

    • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says:

      ‘[If Jesus didn’t do what He said], then it’s nothing for you to do but enjoy the few minutes you got left the best way you can by killing somebody or burning down his house or doing some other meanness to him. No pleasure but meanness‘, [The Misfit] said and his voice had become almost a snarl.

      snip

      ‘She would of been a good woman’, The Misfit said, ‘if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.’

      ‘Some fun!’ Bobby Lee said.

      ‘Shut up, Bobby Lee,’ The Misfit said. ‘It’s no real pleasure in life.

  3. Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says:

    She wants to write a series? She and fellow Catholicish writer Ron Hansen could collaborate on Juliette in Ecstasy.

  4. Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says:

    But what if a boy tells you, “I’m just trying to get into your pants?”

    Does it make a difference if he also tells you, ‘Today isn’t “Opposite Day”‘?

  5. As always, Dad triumphs over Mom in setting mores for the family.

    That’s why we don’t need dads anymore
    and Gloria Steinem is an honorable womyn…

    jOB

  6. “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. “All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Matthew 25:31-34 NASB

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