god is deader than dead
ROBERT J. LEWIS
The violence in the world right now
tells me that men are afraid of women . . .
the male is more insecure than ever.
is more exciting on the screen
and between the pages
than between the sheets.
There’s no precedent for it in the animal world: mature
males forcing themselves sexually on immature members of the
species. That it has been documented does not make it any less
anomalous, meaning all exculpatory efforts to take an exceptionally
isolated incident and extrapolate it into a precedent or predictor
of the human behaviour will fall spectacularly short of minimum
sapiens is the only species on the planet that sexually preys
upon members of the same species who are not sexually mature.
From the Latin paedo, signifying child, and phile,
meaning love, we get paedophile or pedophile (American spelling).
Ninety six percent of pedophiles are male.
Homo sapiens is the only life form that includes pedophiles
among its numbers, and is sentient (self-conscious), we must
conclude that among certain members of the species there a very
particular linkage between being self-conscious and the impulse
to engage in sex with unselfconscious forms of life, such as
children and animals.
the human condition and its constants, there is perhaps none
as unnerving as having to deal with self-consciousness, which
is why all cultures, without exception, encourage the regular
ingestion of substances that numb or partially disable the neocortical
functions of the brain. Freud went so far to suggest that all
humans harbour a secret death wish, or longing to return to
the inanimate (unselfconscious being). Being self-aware before
the gaze of the other is a source of angst for which there is
no cure other than sleep or escaping the public domain, which
is why we comport ourselves one way in public and another in
it comes to smoothing out the rough edges of self-consciousness,
most men make do with a spliff or a couple of doubles at the
end of the day, but for others (the hermit, the monk), a life
of solitude is the only practical response to the anxiety produced
by any kind of social contact – a withdrawal doubtlessly
blessed by every mother of a small child. The ascetic life,
however, is a high-minded, discipline-heavy state of affairs
that will not appeal to the majority of sexually disabled pedophiles
for whom sexual gratification is a recurring appetite that must
be satisfied at all costs. These types quite naturally gravitate
to environments where they will be free from the apprehension
and paralysis produced by self-consciousness.
scans now confirm that homosexuality isn’t learned but
is innate. And now pedophiles, between kiddie stalking and plea
bargaining sessions, are looking to hitch a ride on the “I
was born that way” bandwagon. Appealing to science without
any consideration of moral correctness, they would have us believe
that their predatory predilections are as DNA-ordained as hetero-
indicate that pedophiles are disproportionately left-handed,
have lower IQs by 10 points and are an inch shorter than normal.
And while outcomes vary considerably from one study to the next,
a significant percentage of sexually abused children become
sexually abusive adults. We also know that there is a cause
and effect relationship between pedophilia and the pathological
displacement of erotic excitement (fetish), where sexual imprinting
is linked to an object or exceptional event. An adolescent who
experiences his first ejaculation in and around a slipper may
become dependent on the slipper for his sexual pleasure, and
if he experiences the same playing with a small boy (a younger
brother, a cousin) he risks becoming dependent on the presence
of a child for sexual gratification. But all of these facts
and arguments in their aggregate do not explain or predict the
prevalence of pedophilia.
of pedophilia's complex and multi-faceted etiology, what all
pedophiles have in common is their sexual attraction to persons
(children) who do not possess critical faculties of judgment.
Closely related to pedophilia is bestiality (animal sex), preying
on the mentally challenged or women who have been rendered unconscious
by drugs (date rape) and/or alcohol, and necrophilia (sex with
the deceased) – sexual environments where men do not have
to fear being judged on their sexual performance.
women, men have to perform sexually when they engage in sex;
they are judged and just as importantly judge themselves on
their performance, and a small percentage of men, for whatever
reasons (physiological, psychological) who are not up to scratch,
who are sexually disabled, are only able to perform sexually
in the presence of or in conjunction with persons (children)
lacking critical faculties of judgment. It should be noted that
mature men are not attracted to children like they are attracted
to a Playboy centerfold: they are attracted to the judgment-free
zone that only children can provide. These people are not born
pedophile; their perversion, their sickness of being is not
innate like heterosexuality. Pedophilia is the last resort of
the sexually disabled.
all sexually disabled men are pedophiles. The majority, for
whom conscience and morality still count for something -- in
this, the Age of Decadence -- choose to address their sexual
needs through more acceptable outlets: from abstinence to masturbation
and even bestiality. The latter, however disconcerting and theologically
problematic, is by far and away more acceptable than pedophilia
since the presumably orifice capable beast is neither harmed
by the visit nor is consent an issue. There is a moral case
to be made that -- one to which most mothers of small children
would surely subscribe -- what happens in the OK Corral after
midnight is more than OK if it results in one less pedophiled
anxieties preclude pedophile-sex worker relationships. And while
the vast majority of sex workers have no expectation beyond
the business transaction, simply being in the same room as someone
in possession of faculties of judgment creates an environment
which is a non-starter for the pedophile. Some men, with the
exceptional ability to confuse fantasy for reality, are able
to perform after they have dressed up their surrogates like
children or dolls: ersatz pedophilia. That they are stigmatized
and ridiculed for their left of center proclivities is unfortunate
since they are harmlessly displacing desires that might otherwise
require the presence of an innocent child.
to pedophilia and the sexually disabled man is the staggering
suicide differential between men and women. In Canada, according
to 2001 figures, men are almost four times more likely than
women to commit suicide. In all walks of life men have to perform
in a variety of competitive circumstances, and that includes
the sexual arena where there is no circumventing the judgment
(self-consciousness) that attaches itself to sexual performance.
However tough is a woman’s lot, especially for the luckless
at the bottom end of the looks scale and those systematically
beaten down by misogynist culture, the disproportionate male
to female suicide ratio forces the conclusion that it is existentially
much more difficult self-actualizing as a man than a woman.
of the unintended effects of women’s liberation movements,
the speed of which has taken many men by unpleasant surprise,
is that more and more men are becoming sexually disabled. It
is surely not a coincidence that since the 1960s, the beginning
of the sexual revolution, the teenage suicide rate has spiked
along with ‘reported’ incidences of pedophilia.
the advent of the Internet and computer simulated life (VR=virtual
reality), there is considerable anecdotal evidence that youngsters
who are regularly exposed to on-line pornography develop unrealistic
expectations as it concerns performance. It wasn’t so
long ago an adolescent’s first exposure to sex was via
the brassiere section of a Sears catalog or Gauguin’s
nudes. Nowadays, just after being tucked into bed by his mother,
8-year-old, iConnected Billie turns on his cell phone, clicks
www.everythingispermitted.com, and seconds later is watching
Fatima giving head to a camel. Surely, we should be curious,
if not concerned about what kind of sexual inclinations Billie
the adult will be bringing to the bedroom or dungeon. And small
wonder that our culture is producing more and more dysfunctional
males, and by extension, dysfunctional societies.
the writing is on the wall -- not enough of it on prison walls
-- we, as a society, are in denial. Like a proliferating virus
gone viral, the Internet is an expanding lawless universe that
has been subverted by its own insatiable, self-perpetuating
appetites, while the erstwhile link between freedom and responsibility,
the bedrock of every civilization, has been co-opted by the
one-size-fits-all Internet link. God is dead and we’re
dying right along with him to the effect that our way of life
is producing more and more perverts who don’t care about
anything, especially themselves, and of course the children
they hi-jack, abuse and sometimes murder.
the 21st century unwell on its way, man’s once set-in-stone,
precious androcentric view of the world is crumbling all around
him, and the gender war casualities, the new nihilists on the
block, can no longer be ignored. The pressure on men to be men
has never been so onerous and uncompromising, resulting in more
male suicides and deviant sexuality, of which pedophilia is
but one symptom of an emerging social pathology painted in black.
If this trend is to be reversed, if men are to find their way
out of this ever widening gyre of a black hole, it must begin
with the young, which makes it both a pedagogical and deontological
should have as its first priority the goal of turning impressionable
young boys into healthy and wholesome adult men, naturally accepting
of the growing number of keen and confident women in their midst.
Only when men come to accept that women hold up half the sky
will there be fewer disabled men on the loose, and by extension
fewer pedophiles and damaged children, most of whom will become
damaged and delinquent adults.
unrelated to this colossal challenge is the obscenely easy access
to Internet porn and its effects on the young in shaping their
views of women and sexuality. Since the 18-years and older restriction
has zero purchase on the Internet, censorship is a surely question
whose time has come.
said by André Malraux: “A man becomes truly Man
only when in quest of what is most exalted in him.”