Sayers On The Disillusionment Of Our Time

Or—and this commonly happens in periods of disillusionment like our own, when philosophies are bankrupt and life appears without hope—men and women may turn to lust in sheer boredom and discontent, trying to find in it some stimulus which is not provided by the drab discomfort of their mental and physical surroundings. When that is the case, stern rebukes and restrictions are worse than useless. It is as though one were to endeavor to cure anemia by bleeding; it only reduces further an already impoverished vitality. The mournful and medical aspect of twentieth-century pornography and promiscuity strongly suggests that we have reached one of these periods of spiritual depression, where people go to bed because they have nothing better to do. Read more»

Dorothy Sayers | The Other Six Deadly Sins (HT: The Bensonian)


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  1. When did Sayers write this? 1920s? 1930s? You have, I take it, researched her own life story?
    I think the motivation behind the sexual revolution of the late 60s was quite different. Young men had gone for promiscuity, even in Victorian times, and the appearance of “the pill” gave women the same illusion of impunity that the men had always enjoyed. The result was several years of complete licence, until both young men and young women started to look for something deeper (typified by the appearance of the Spice Girls’ “If you want to be my lover”) – and the spread of venereal diseases was also a damper. Now there don’t seem to be moral restraints, but after the first two or three years of indulgence, sadly often during schooldays, kids are longing to retrieve what was lost.

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