Friday, February 26, 2010

An Interesting Quote

Quickly, just something interesting I came across in my research on Lot's Daughters, that perhaps touches on the themes of sex and power in the clergy that I was discussing in relation to the abuse crisis:

"Augustine, like so many who would come after, wants to root political enmity and social problems in bad, deviant sexual behavior. It seems much easier for aggressive men to inveigh against sex and forbidden sexual practices than against pride, ire, and greed. People seeking and wielding authority on earth through institutions live with, use, and depend upon righteous anger, ambition, moral pride, and covetousness. Naturally, it is much easier for them to rail against obsessive sexual desire than against the desire for power and authority" (Polhemus 62).

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