I ask this question because of the following comments made in articles talking about a certain best-selling book, which I do not wish to promote here.
In the Herald-Sun we read:
"I have seen much commentary about this book and film in the media, mostly by women.
But, dare I say it, most of them seemed to have missed the point by a country mile. They talk about the pros and cons (mostly cons) of its literary value and the fact that it enunciates a secret longing of bored middle-aged, middle-class housewives for some release from their humdrum suburban lives. How they are yearning for sexual excitement, daring encounters, abandonment of social convention.
Well, I put it to you that if so many women’s sexual fantasies involve being tied up and subjugated, our society has a long, long, long way to go.”
A long way to go? Or how far have we fallen? Is there no pleasure in the simple things of life? In family, in close relationships that do not involve satisfaction of our baser desires?
If one can not find pleasure in these, then it seems one is doomed to looking for ever increasing ways of stimulating excitement by other means.
But beware, as C.S Lewis points out, if you take such a path, you may well end up with an addiction that in the end can never be satisfied, and from which you cannot free yourself. Thus the Devil seeks to take everything from you, and leave you with nothing - a prisoner to your lowest passions.
So I implore you women of today, please question statements like the following given in women's magazine the 'Happy Herald':
“Let’s face it, life is rather mundane. 75% of our daily activities are maintenance. We have to cook, eat, shop, work, clean, shower, sleep… where’s the fun in that? I believe many of us desire to be whisked away from our humdrum lives and into a world of passion and ecstasy.
We want to be taken away, into fantasy and into the world of luxury, leisure, and of course, pleasure!”
Beware what you wish for!