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Sex at First Sight: Understanding The Modern Hookup Culture Paperback – Import, 1 Apr 2015
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Richard E. Simmons III is the founder and executive director for The Center for Executive Leadership, a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry located in Birmingham, AL. Simmons opened The Center in 2000 to assist men in the development of their faith through formal bible studies, teaching and counseling while also overseeing a talented group of professional and personal counselors.
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As a student supposedly enmeshed in this culture of more sexual escapades than Silvio Berlusconi, I am so glad that Mr. Simmons can tell me exactly what I am feeling and should be doing with my life. I am so glad a man so far removed from my own lived experience has all the answers that address what I and many other millenials are dealing with. Clearly Mr. Simmons is up to date on all of the relevant psychological studies and philosophical explorations, as he has given us a book in which he claims that bulimia is a problem of personal desire. I am so glad that he publicly shames a serious eating disorder in the name of his Victorian prudishness! (Apologies to Victorians everywhere, since you also had the largest empire in the world and a great prosperity to accompany their repressive tendencies. Mr. Simmon's views are accompanied by no such grandeur, as his prose style mimics the atrocity on the right: http://a57.foxnews.com/global.fncstatic.com/static/managed/img/fn-latino/lifestyle/876/493/Spain%20Botched%20christ.jpg?ve=1&tl=1).
Also, on the subject of Victorians, I have a bone to pick about your presentation of Oscar Wilde. First of all, he was Irish, not English, but Mr. Simmons is prone to sweeping ill-founded generalizations, so this lapse is really just par for the course. More importantly, Oscar Wilde, as many of you may or may not know, was persecuted by the Victorians for his homosexuality (so on second thought, Victorians, you're really just as bad off as this book). So, while we view Oscar Wilde as the witty libertine par excellence, his troubles were mostly from the ignorance of the society which deemed that his human life was less important than an ancient text. But this seems to be getting away from the review proper and towards a legitimately enlightening discussion, which should have no place in relation to this book. So I digress.
For a book subtitled "Understanding the Modern Hookup Culture," Mr. Simmons' foray is surprisingly shallow. I got the punchline from his so called explorations into sexuality from the back cover. I don't want to bash the obvious religious overtones, but when you go into an examination already knowing what you're going to prove, then there is no point really examining. Of course all of the facts point back to religious tenets when you go in seeking to tie everything to God. But in a society which has encountered a great wealth of ideas since the first draft of the Old Testament, maybe we should attempt to legitimately address these questions. Having read through this book, I can say I only learned that Mr. Simmons believes in the Bible. Again, speaking as a millennial in the throes of all the existential angst of youth and attempting to find my way in the world, I do want to know these answers. I want to know what is good, beautiful, meaningful. Mr. Simmon's trite fundamentalism is about as deep as the water reserves in California currently. Luckily, I have the Socratic will to pursue these answers for myself and come to terms with it.
Admittedly, I do ascribe to one of those vilified subjective moralities which Mr. Simmons is so opposed to. But then again, secular ethics has been a profitable area of study for millennia and has allowed for the growth of human decency and culture. So, I'm perfectly happy to stick with Immanuel Kant and Jean-Paul Sartre to help me come to terms with my own search for meaning.
If this rant seems unhinged, there are two responses:
a) It follows the same disjointed style as Mr. Simmons book. Form follows function.
b) I feel very passionately about my own life and existence (in the most robust Heideggerian sense), and so when someone publishes a book telling me not to listen to my own human life and ascribe to his abysmally written dogma, I like to exercise my full will to power in addressing these issues