What is an “unwanted sexual advance”?
Consider the following observations as you contemplate your reaction:
“We are nothing but ceremony; ceremony carries us away, and we leave the substance of things; we hang on to the branches and abandon the trunk and body. We have taught the ladies to blush at the mere mention of what they are not at all afraid to do; we dare not call our members by their right names, and we are not afraid to employ them in every kind of debauchery. Ceremony forbids our expressing in words things that are illicit and wicked, and no one obeys it. I find myself here entangled in the laws of ceremony, for she does not allow a man either to speak well of himself, or to speak ill. We shall let her alone for the moment.”[i]
“Are we not brutes to call brutish the operation that makes us?”[ii]
“Professional intellectuals will often chastise the character of their nation without recognizing that their profitable occupations have been made possible by the existing power and prosperity of their country. They are reminiscent of someone who publicly thanks God for his existence as a preacher of sexual abstinence, while forgetting how his father and mother produced him.”[iii]
“When a girl has given away everything, she is weak, she has lost everything, for in a man innocence is a negative element, but in a woman it is the substance of her being.”[iv]
“…a woman’s feelings are influenced by trifles.”[v]
“The notorious disproportion between the sexuality of man and woman,” Ortega wrote, “which makes the normally spontaneous woman so conservative in ‘love,’ probably coincides with the fact that the human female usually enjoys less imaginative power than the male”―which, let me [Lukacs] add, may explain why male homosexuality is almost everywhere more frequent than is Lesbianism, lust being a product of the imagination, and men being more imaginative than women.”[vi]
“…the large sad lackluster eyes of a childless woman….”[vii]
“And since both the indoor and the outdoor tasks demand labour and attention, God from the first adapted the woman’s nature, I think, to the indoor and man’s to the outdoor tasks and cares.”[viii]
“Sometimes a breath of perfumed ointments would reach the veranda when a lovely woman went by on foot, robed transparently, with cheeks, lips, and eyebrows beautifully painted and in her liquid eyes a glint never seen in those of the virtuous.”[ix]
“Beauty and intelligence united in a woman whose heart the years have hardened are dangerous qualities – more dangerous than knives unsheathed, more destructive than the copper scythes and chariots.”[x]
“The revenge of a guilty woman is implacable and bloody….”[xi]
Consider, too, the following:
Annual Worldwide Births and Deaths-Source: Wolfram Alpa Knowledge Engine
How many births are, in fact, born of “unwanted sexual advances”? And… just who says they are unwanted? Who is the arbiter? Who is the initiator? Who is responsible? Who is guilty and who is not? Remember, it takes two to Tango, and without such dancing mankind would quickly become extinct.
Set political hyperbole aside and leave such questions to those who delight in controversy: manipulative politicos; intellectuals; and other so-called opinion makers because “…probabilities and plausible arguments involve no knowledge concerning truth, but trial and disputation and wrangling conflict and contentiousness and everything of that sort.”[i]
[i] Philo, Volume I, Book III, edited by G. P. Gould, The Loeb Classical Library (LCL 226), Page 459, year 1991.
[i] The Complete ESSAYS OF MONTAIGNE,Translated by Donald M. Frame, Stanford University Press, Stanford, California; Copyright 1943 by Donald M. Frame, renewed 1971. Copyright © 1948, 1957, and 1958 by the Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University, Page 479.
[ii] The Complete ESSAYS OF MONTAIGNE, Translated by Donald M. Frame, Stanford University Press, Stanford, California; Copyright 1943 by Donald M. Frame, renewed 1971. Copyright © 1948, 1957, and 1958 by the Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University, Page 669.
[iii] Remembered Past; On History, Historians, and Historical Knowledge, by John Lukacs, Chapter II, Page 197, edited by Mark G. Malvasi and Jeffrey O. Nelson, ISI Books, Wilmington, Delaware, © 2005 ISI Books.
[iv] The Essential Kierkegaard, edited by Howard V. Hong and Edna H. Hong, multiple Copyrights ©, and published by Princeton University Press, ISBN-13: 978-0-691-01940-6, 524 Pages, quotation from Page 65.
[v] Livy, History of Rome, Books V-VII, The Loeb Classical Library (LCL 172), Edited by Jeffrey Henderson, Page 313-314, year 2002.
[vi] Historical Consciousness, Copyright © 1968 by John Lukacs, Harper & Row, Publishers, Page 240.
[vii] A Writer’s Diary, Virginia Woolf, edited by Leonard Woolf, Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York, Copyright © 1953, 1954 by Leonard Woolf, Page 89.
[viii] Xenophon IV, Memorabilia Oeconomicus Symposium · Apology, The Loeb Classical Library (LCL168), Edited by Jeffrey Henderson, Page 421, year 2002.
[ix] The Egyptian, by Mika Waltari, Copyright © 1949, by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, Page 464.
[x] The Egyptian, by Mika Waltari, Copyright © 1949, by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, Page 464.
[xi] The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon, Volume II, 395 A. D. ― 1185 A. D., Page 583, The Modern Library, New York, Random House.