Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The South and sexual perversity

Here's an interesting topic. I've been reminded recently how the cultural elite thinks that Southerners are sexual perverts. Just a couple days ago I watched an episode of Louis C.K. where a redneck pulled a gun on Louis to get him to have sex with his sister. Just last week I watched Midnight Cowboy again which suggested that the Southern protagonist was sexually abused by his grandmother. That reminded me of the "purdy mouth" scene in Deliverance. More recently, Texan Killer Joe, played by Matthew McConaughey, obsesses on a young girl. And so on and so on.

I looked for data on the question. I had a difficult time finding anything, but the GSS has asked participants if their religious leader has ever made sexual advances, and this is certainly sexually deviant (sample = 1,758). The percent for Americans in the non-South is 2.3 percent, while it's 2.6 percent in the South; they are not significantly different. Plus, the rate in the South might actually be lower if you take into account the fact that the non-South is less religious and thus has a smaller share of its people that are at risk of clergy abuse.

UPDATE: I equalized the situation by only looking at people who attend at least nearly every week. The non-South percentage rises to 4.2%, while the South's rises to 3.7% (N = 531). Still no significant difference.

UPDATE UPDATE: These low numbers contradict the picture presented in Grapes of Wrath of ministers having sex with members every time they get to feelin' the Spirit. 

17 comments:

Thursday said...

Apparently sex toys sell better in the South than elsewhere. I don't know where you'd get the data.

Anonymous said...

It's just liberals projecting their liberated habits and perverse sexuality towards others.

Anonymous said...

It's just liberals projecting their liberated habits and perverse sexuality towards others.

Yup.

My favorite are wildly popular books and movies about southerners that are written by folks from Massachusetts and Connecticut.

I guess they took note of the fallout and damage to their image that was done by The Scarlet Letter and decided to use fiction to paint southerners in a poor light rather than themselves and their friends and neighbors in the north.

Many people base their understanding of many groups of people on these works of fiction by deviant liberals projecting faults and failures on whole groups of people using characters that never existed and events that never happened. Then they tack on the adage that the truth is stranger than fiction.

It sure would be fun to write a fictional account of a perverse novelist or filmmaker defaming others with his prose and movies and then make that into a movie.

Anonymous said...

"My favorite are wildly popular books and movies about southerners that are written by folks from Massachusetts and Connecticut."

Name them.

Kaz said...

I don't know why you would ever value statistics dependent on the honesty of people.

If you can't measure results or actions, then they're worthless.

Anonymous said...

Name them.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Chris Gerolmo

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0314665/bio

Anonymous said...

When searching the internet for the far reaching "progressive" programs I had come across a, I believe German, experiment on sexuality of children and adults. The article stated in the experiment something about they put unrelated children and adults together to live. They didn't hold back or force anything but let the kids do what they want. It was weird and I can't remember where I saw it. They shut it down early of course.

I just looked for it but couldn't find it and don't really care too, but this popped up while trying to find it again http://www.come-and-hear.com/editor/america_2.html

If what this discusses is actually in the Talmud I feel really sad for lack of control to human sexuality lol.

n/a said...

"Harriet Beecher Stowe"

Stowe made the villain of Uncle Tom's Cabin a transplanted northerner.

"Chris Gerolmo"

Yes, few names evoke old New England like "Gerolmo".

Anonymous said...

I think you missed the point.

The point is disproportionate influence of perception over truth.

Stowe and Gerolmo did not live in the south, yet they wrote from the absence of knowledge and experience portraying people in such a light as to demonize them. All of this fiction is from their imagination. The people and events are created. They never existed. Yet the public looks at such works and thinks they represent some sort of truth. Many people's view of the south, southerners, etc is shaped by such fiction.

Anonymous said...

Funny, isn't it, that the "elite," who argue for all kinds of sexual liberty and tolerance, would call any kind of sex "perverse."

These are the same people who turn apoplectic over the hypothesis that homosexuality might be the result of a pathogen.

These are the same people who argue they believe in science but who can't see that man-on-man sex in place of man-on-woman sex is biologically a dead end, thus biologically "perverse."

Anonymous said...


These are the same people who argue they believe in science but who can't see that man-on-man sex in place of man-on-woman sex is biologically a dead end, thus biologically "perverse."



You don't understand. They know better than nature.

SFG said...

It's the old tradition of calling your enemy a pervert. Insults are sexual, directed at ancestry (and witness the endless jokes about inbreeding), religious, or scatological in most cultures.

rjp said...

Do they have a "Down Low Club" at any of the southern mega-churches like they do here in Chicago at Trinity United?

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the religious community is blacker in the South. Though perverted white priests get the lions share of attention (correctly in my opinion) in terms of clergy sexuality, black ministers are NOTORIOUS whores.

Anonymous said...

It's just liberals projecting their liberated habits and perverse sexuality towards others.


If there's one word which sums up liberals, it's "projection". Given the stuff they are constantly projecting, they are some seriously screwed up people.

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