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“The beauty of the female is the root of joy to the female as
well as to the male, and it is no accident that the goddess of
Love is older and stronger than the god. To desire the
desiring of her own beauty is the vanity of Lilith, but to
desire the enjoying of her own beauty is the obedience of
Eve, and to both it is in the lover that the beloved tastes
her own delightfulness.”
This is a quote from a good book by Lewis called That Hideous Strength. It’s fiction -part of his Space Trilogy (which is surprisingly more about gender identity than space).
These words are hauntingly true to me.
It is possible to separate the first statement about female beauty being the root of joy to both men and women from the second statement contrasting Lilith and Eve. Really powerful stuff, though. Lewis actually wrote quite a bit about love and sex. He and Freud talked a bit and shared some of their disagreements in scholarly articles and the like.
Anyway… I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Is anyone familiar with Lewis’ work?
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