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Sexual Liberation is a Sign of Society Near Its End: The Enthrallment with “50 Shades of Grey”

By Eowyn @DrEowyn

. . . as shown by surging sales of S-M bondage gear as we approach the release date of the revolting Fifty Shades of Grey movie, timed for Valentine’s Day no less.

BDSM gear just screams Valentine's Day. /sarc

These torture devices just scream “Valentine’s Day”! St. Valentine must be weeping….

The movie is based on the book of the same name, Fifty Shades of Grey, an erotic porn novel about bondage, discipline, sadism, masochism (BDSM) written under the pen name of E. L. James by Erika Leonard, a middle-aged British woman who looks like a transvestite.

Sexual liberation is a sign of society near its end: The enthrallment with “50 Shades of Grey”

“E. L. James”

The book’s widespread release in 2012 spurred a 7.5% jump in sales of sex-themed products, including toys, videos and books the next year, according to research firm IBISWorld.

In anticipation of the movie’s release, a range of items featured in the movie are increasingly popular in store and online, including leather paddles, blindfolds, horsehair floggers, wrist cuffs, bondage rope and riding crops. The New York Times reports that ben wa balls (Don’t ask me what they are. I have no idea and don’t want to know) in particular, featured in an especially graphic scene in the book, seem to have especially captured readers’ imaginations and money. The openly-homosexual fashion designer Marc Jacobs has also turned to leather, collaborating with the designer Zana Baynem, whose bondage wear is worn by the likes of Beyonce and Lady Gaga.

Sado-masochism (now re-named BDSM for bondage, domination, sadism, masochism) is the perverse deriving of sexual pleasure from inflicting and receiving pain and humiliation.

The psychological profession once deemed S-M a psycho-sexual disorder because a universal instinct of all human beings is to avoid pain, but no longer. One of the profession’s representative, Dr. Joseph Merlino, author and psychiatry adviser to the New York Daily News, said in an interview that a sadomasochistic relationship, as long as it is consensual, is not a psychological problem. Merlino must be unclear on the concept folie á deux. Indeed, the current version of the American psychiatric manual DSM-5, excludes consensual BDSM as a diagnosis when the sexual interests cause no harm or distress.

So whip and flail away, and be happy! /sarc

After the book was first published in May 2011, Fifty Shades of Grey became an instant hit. Daily Mail says the bondage book is “credited with rekindling the lives of U.S. women” — which is another way of saying American women have become so jaded by “ordinary” sex, they now turn to the infliction and receiving of pain and humiliation to “jazz up” their sex lives.

The sheeple’s reaction to Fifty Shades of Grey is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg of an increasingly depraved America.

Ever heard of the Southern Decadence Festival?

The festival is one of America’s most notorious celebrations of sodomy, public sex acts, prostitution, drunkenness, and worse. But the Southern Decadence Festival is by no means the only such festival. According to the Autumn Gay Pride Calendar, decadence festivals are held across post-Christian America and Western Europe, as well as in Canada, Brazil, Belarus, Ireland, Scotland, S. Africa, India, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, China, and Australia.

Writing for Patriot Action, Linda Kimball laments that:

“The decent, God-fearing, family loving America poignantly captured on canvas by Norman Rockwell is dead, or nearly so. In its place is ancient Carthage, a brash, devil-worshipping, pleasure-seeking, drunken, obscenely libidinous freak-show.”

Carthage, a city in today’s Tunisia, was the capital of the ancient Carthaginian empire, as well as the 4th most important city of the later Roman empire. The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle considered the city to have one of the best governing institutions in the world, along with those of the Greek states of Sparta and Crete.

By the time of St. Augustine (354-430), Carthage had become depraved and rotten — porn-fueled, sexually obsessed, rampant sexually transmitted diseases, jealousy, suspicion, paranoia, hate, mental illness, sexual sadism, murder and crime. As Augustine wrote in The Confessions of St Augustine, “I came to Carthage, and all around me in my ears were the sizzling and frying of unholy loves.”

By the 5th century, Carthage had fallen to the Vandals; then conquered by Muslims in the 7th century.

In his book, Judaism’s Sexual Revolution: Why Judaism And Then Christianity Rejected Homosexuality, Dennis Prager wrote:

Human sexuality, especially male sexuality…is utterly wild. Men have had sex with women…men…little girls and young boys…a single partner…large groups…immediate family members…animals…inanimate objects…by dressing in women’s garments…through urinating and defecating on each other…by watching other humans be tortured…by fondling children…by looking at pictures of bodies or parts of bodies. Not all have been condoned…but many have, and all illustrate what the unchannelled sex drive can lead to.

The simple truth is that human sexuality needs to be properly channeled. Proper channeling leads to civility, safety, trust, and true social progress. But when the sex genie is unleashed, as is the situation throughout America and the West, things begin to go terribly wrong, as evidenced by the growing plague of public sex acts, serial killers, rapists, sado-masochists, pederasts, pedophiles and other predators preying upon Americans and their children. America has sunk so low that even young children sexually prey on other children. In fact, sex crimes are more frequent and more evil than ever.

In a 2003 book, Sex Related Homicide And Death Investigation, retired NYPD lieutenant commander Vernon Geberth, observed that,

sex related cases I am encountering today (as a consultant) are more frequent, vicious, and despicable than I ever experienced as a homicide cop…. There are more serial killers today.

Geberth recounts case after brutally horrible case wherein the most unspeakable evils are perpetrated upon women, boys, and girls before their lives are snuffed out. Geberth had this to say about sexual fantasies, and how they can become aberrant:

“….development of bizarre sexual images involving grotesque unnatural distortions of sexual imagery…is reinforced through repetition, illustrated by the use of sadistic porn and fantasy stories…(of) sexual sadism. Sadistic fantasies…may involve activities that indicate…dominance…over the victim…. This case involved Cameron Hooker… (whose) fantasy was to dominate and torture nude women…his fantasies were fueled by an extensive collection of hard-core porn.” (pp. 23 and 741)

In his address, “Pornography, Depicted Violence, And Crime,” on March 16, 1991, Richard M. Reade, prosecutor of the State of Victoria, Australia, said that in his opinion, “the serious problem our community faces (is) a result of porn…made freely available.” Reade describes in graphic, horrifying details, a sadistically brutal attack upon a 31 year old woman. On being arrested the sadist said,

“I have been reading books on bondage and I felt a strong urge to act out what was in the books…. I knew it was wrong but couldn’t help myself…. It’s those bondage books…those rotten books!”

[Source: Robert Peters, The Link Between Pornography and Violent Crimes (Free Republic, 2004).]

In his book, The American Sex Revolution, Pitirim Sorokin described the morally depraved, sexually decadent social conditions in the Old Kingdom of Egypt 4,500 years ago, just before to its collapse:

“Sexual anarchy assumed extreme forms and spread through a large part of the population. Side by side with an increase of sexual perversions, a shameless sexual promiscuity also greatly increased. They seduced members of the same family. Relations between father and daughter…son and mother…Adultery, rape…prostitution greatly increased…homosexual love entered the mores of the population…all the aberrations of morbid eroticism…unnatural relations, flagellations, and sodomy.” (p. 93)

Does that sound familiar?

St. Augustin’s description of ancient Carthage and Sorokin’s portrait of the decadence of ancient Egypt also depict post-Christian America and the West today.

St. Augustine defined evil to be the absence or “privation” of good. He warned that “a privation of good…can continue to the point where a thing ceases to exist altogether.”

But I doubt the millions of Americans who will flock to movie theaters for Fifty Shades of Grey will heed his warning.

See also:

  • Herpes virus found on S-M bondage book” (the kind of people who read 50 Shades of Grey)
  • American Sodom
  • Come See Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco!
  • Think popular culture’s dark threads are benign?
  • Florida city council summons Satan
  • Woman who provided 65,000 abortions calls killing of unborn a ‘sacrament’ and a ‘blessing’
  • Fox’s ‘Family Guy’ portrays Jesus as sex-crazed adulterer
  • Obama’s FCC turns blind eye to network TV porn of fisting, anal sex & penis jokes
  • Demonic ‘Hunky Jesus’ contest at Easter


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