I am currently reading “The End of Sparta” by Victor Davis Hanson and I am at a point where I am dealing with graphic scenes. One of the lead female characters is captured by a ruthless Spartan former slave who has no compunction about capturing, raping, and killing women. As a human being I am disgusted by such callous treatment of anyone, but especially women. Unfortunately, I also have to face my own inner demon of lust as I read these scenes. I find myself turned on by the nudity and sexual descriptions. Thus, on one hand I am disgusted, while on the other hand, my libido is highly active. Until recently, I thought it was just me; however, after learning some things, this is actually a problem every man must face daily. Modern media is full of such content and is a source of pressure for men.
Most can manage the pressure with little damage, while others give in and act on their desires. I am not saying that women do not have their share of issues with sex but they are different. What I am trying to say is that man’s libido is a constant source of stress for all men, good and bad alike. I do not go a day without carrying some guilt for a lustful thought. This pressure, coupled with the constant interactions of modern society and media, puts a lot of stress on a man even if they don’t or can’t admit it. Women, by not understanding this simple fact increase the problem. No matter how hard a man tries to not think about it, sex is on their mind. By not being open with this fact, society makes the problem worse. Our close-mouthed way of handling the unstoppable urges that plague man, in my opinion, is the source of many ills in the world. I posted this entry in an effort to get people to think about the issue.