Monday, May 07, 2012

If God Didn't Want Us To Wank He wouldn't Have Given Us Hands: The Strange Life of John Harvey Kellogg

The second of three posts on religion and sex. (1) (3)

An interesting article from The Punch Australia that takes a look at Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, a fellow probably as famous for his bizarre views on sex and being a professional virgin, as he was for being the brother of flake manufacturer, W K Kellogg.

But just as interesting as the article, is the Wikipedia entry on the fellow, which includes such delights as John Harvey's pantheistic view of the world ......

"Take the sunflower, for example. It looks straight at the sun. It watches and follows the sun all day long, looking straight at it all the time; and as the sun dips down below the horizon, you see that sunflower still looking at it; and as the sun turns around and comes up in the morning, the flower is looking toward the sun rising. It is God in the sunflower that makes it do this…

But his interest in sunflowers and the harmony of science and the Sacred Scriptures, paled into insignificance when it came to his obsession with the evils of sex and sexuality. But it has to be said in all fairness, and much unlike our contemporary moral crusaders, he appears to have applied the same rules to himself as he wished to apply to others.

Perhaps though as you read on, the more cynical among you, myself included, might come to the conclusion that he just couldn't get it up. And as a consequence of such, didn't think anybody else should get it up either.

He was an especially zealous campaigner against masturbation; claims such as "neither the plague, nor war, nor small-pox, nor similar diseases, have produced results so disastrous to humanity as the pernicious habit of onanism,"

Kellogg also believed the practice of this "solitary-vice" caused cancer of the womb, urinary diseases, nocturnal emissions, impotence, epilepsy, insanity, and mental and physical debility; "dimness of vision" was only briefly mentioned. (But not earthquakes?)

Among his other charms he was an admirer of both eugenics,(US) Anthony Comstock and segregation. Wikipedia

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Sex and masturbation evil? Get your hand off it.

by Christopher Ryan
September 2011

Nothing inspires murderous mayhem in human beings more reliably than sexual repression. Denied food, water, or freedom of movement, people may lash out at what they perceive as the source of their problems, albeit in a weakened state. But if expression of sexuality is thwarted, the human psyche tends to grow twisted into grotesque, enraged perversions of desire.

Unfortunately, the distorted rage resulting from sexual repression rarely takes the form of rebellion against the people and institutions behind the repression. (If it did, perhaps we’d be reading of abused priests rather than priests as abusers.)

Instead, the rage is generally directed at helpless victims sacrificed to the sick gods of guilt, shame, and ignorant pride.

Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, an Iranian cleric, recently warned that adultery causes earthquakes. I assume he said this with a straight face, Iranian clerics not being known for their impish sense of humor.

Lest we dismiss this as just another example of distant fundamentalist lunacy, we might take a look at some examples a bit closer to home.

Christianity is a religion centered upon a figure whose holiness begins with his having been conceived asexually. Mark Twain noted the bizarre anti-eroticism of Christianity when he considered heaven:

Man has imagined a heaven, and has left entirely out of it the supremest of all his delights, the one ecstasy that stands first and foremost in the heart of every individual of his race . . . sexual intercourse! It is as if a lost and perishing person in a roasting desert should be told by a rescuer he might choose and have all longed-for things but one, and he should elect to leave out water!

(Letters from the Earth)

There’s little question that the centuries-long campaign of child rape enabled by institutional cover-up is a direct result of the Church’s inhumane teachings concerning human sexuality. If priests were allowed to form erotic connections with consenting adults, does anyone doubt that countless children would have been spared their abuse in the hands of these distorted, twisted men?

Of course, religions aren’t the only institutions to champion such abuse of spirit and body; medical doctors have participated in some of these shameful crimes against humanity, as well.

In 1850, the New Orleans Medical & Surgical Journal echoed mainstream thinking by declaring masturbation public enemy number one, warning:

Neither plague, nor war, nor smallpox, nor a crowd of similar evils, have resulted more disastrously for humanity than the habit of masturbation: it is the destroying element of civilized society.

“Scientific” declarations like these inspired Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (brother of the Corn Flakes Kellogg) in his campaign to eradicate masturbation from the United States. Though widely considered to be one of the leading sex educators of his day, Kellogg proudly claimed never to have had intercourse with his wife in over four decades of marriage.

As a medical doctor, Kellogg asserted the moral authority to instruct parents on the proper sexual education of their children.

If you’re unfamiliar with the writings of Kellogg and his contemporaries, their gloating disdain for basic human eroticism is chilling and unmistakable. In his best-selling Plain Facts for Old and Young (written on his sexless honeymoon in 1888), Kellogg offered parents guidance for dealing with their sons’ natural erotic self-exploration in a section entitled “Treatment for Self-Abuse and its Effects”:

A remedy which is almost always successful in small boys is circumcision… The operation should be performed by a surgeon without administering an anaesthetic, as the brief pain attending the operation will have a salutary effect upon the mind, especially if it be connected with the idea of punishment.

If circumcising a struggling, terrified boy without anesthesia wasn’t quite what a parent had in mind, Kellogg recommended:

The application of one or more silver sutures in such a way as to prevent erection. The prepuce, or foreskin, is drawn forward over the glans, and the needle to which the wire is attached is passed through from one side to the other. After drawing the wire through, the ends are twisted together and cut off close. It is now impossible for an erection to occur.

Lest you think Kellogg was interested only in the sadistic torture of boys, in the same book he soberly advises the application of carbolic acid to the clitorises of little girls to teach them not to touch themselves.

Kellogg, the Catholic church, and Iranian clerics all demonstrate that the repression of human sexuality all-too easily becomes a “malady that considers itself the remedy,” to paraphrase Karl Kraus’s dismissal of psychoanalysis. The Punch AU
H/T Maren

More insanity: 11 Strange, Horrific, or Just Plain Weird Ways Societies Have Policed Sex Throughout History Link


Anonymous said...

Good morning H,

Graham crackers for breakfast?

Honey Maid

Himself said...

It's Sunday, something sinful surely?

Good morning my lovely.

Anonymous said...

Himself said...

If you are about I'm watching Enid Coleslaw

Himself said...

All my allusions have been shattered, she has an arse on her like a house side.

Himself said...

That's enough of that. Mindless American shite.