It is a melancholy object to all of us, whether in the heart of Zion or the fringes of the so-called “mission field,” to see how women who dress to flaunt their shapely knees and calves, or who purchase backpacks with only one strap to wear across the chest and make their double-breastedness evident to all, assail the hapless eyes of the red-blooded and vigorous boys and men around them. These pitiable men are captive to the sight of the female body, with its mincing steps and outstretched neck, on which they cannot gaze without losing themselves utterly to a deluge of lustful and wicked transportations.
Indeed, some women dress so as to turn men into walking pornographers.
Certainly we can all agree that this is a problem which demands a fair, cheap, and easy method to liberate these men from the insidious vision of the female body. I have been assured that a male whose eyes are plucked out in the first few years after his birth will learn, with all the facility of one who never had sight to begin with, how to manage through the expert extension of his other four senses, how to read and write Braille as easily as his female peers read and write in standard orthographies, and most essentially, how to govern his attraction to a creature of the opposite sex, without losing his internal virtue to the exhibition of her enticements.
A man free of the distractions of his own gaze can moreover be much better relied upon to make his decisions for courtship and marriage with a mind more occupied with her habits of speech, her character, her temperament, and the compatibility of their goals and interests. He is less likely to reject an otherwise excellent woman because he is dissatisfied with how shiny her hair is or how good she’ll look in a bikini on their honeymoon.
I can think of no objection that will possibly be raised against this proposal, unless it be that some men are not attracted to women, and for that matter, some women are. However, the years of childhood are certainly not the final opportunity for the removal of a person’s eyes, and any adolescent girl, who finds her brain immobilized by the sliver of exposed skin when her female classmate reaches for an object on a high shelf, will be only a little impaired by the lateness of her emancipation from the sullying effects of the sight of female flesh. As for gay men, who have already lost their sight before their immunity to the seduction of women is known — surely they will only appreciate the advantages in being blind to the confounding bewitchery of the well-appointed male form.
- 7 August 2011