Tuesday, March 06, 2007

A New Twist on Tom's View of Schnarch?

Tom Allen once wondered whether Schnarch's writings could be, "misconstrued to be an emotional 'Ayn Rand-ianism'". With that in mind, this finding proved to be amusing indeed.

I did a Google search on the term "unsupportive wife" and turned up a reference to a character from Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged. I've quoted the relevant excerpt (bold emphasis is mine).
Lillian Rearden

The wildly unsupportive wife of Hank Rearden. They have been married eight years as the novel begins.

Lillian is a frigid Moocher who seeks to destroy her husband. She compares being Rearden's wife with owning the world's most powerful horse. Since she cannot comfortably ride a horse that goes too fast, she must bridle it down to her level, even if that means it will never reach its full potential and its power will be greviously wasted.

Lillian also serves to illustrate Rand's Theory of sex. She believes sex is a base animal instinct and that sexual indulgence is a sign of moral weakness. She is incapable of feeling this kind of desire, which she believes testifies to her moral superiority. However, according to the theory of sex Lillian's lack of sexual capacity results from her inability to experience value in herself; she is therefore unable to respond sexually when she experiences value in others.

Lillian tolerates sex with her husband only because she is 'realistic' enough to know he is just a brute who requires satisfaction of his brute instincts. In section 161 she indicates that she abhors Francisco d'Anconia, because she believes he is a sexual adventurer. Lillian Rearden appears in sections 121 and 161.

Makes you go "hmmmm", doesn't it?
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