Sex as a motivator and its role in Islam
Sigmund Freud's speculations and formulations are not widely accepted by psychologists today but any reader of his "Psychopathology of everyday life" will surely conclude that he was a keen observer. I think everybody should read that book. The things he reported there were real even if his theories about them are disputable. When I was doing my Master's degree in psychology at the University of Sydney, one of my tutors was the highly regarded John Maze, who was as much a philosopher as a psychologist, and it was his view that Freud alone was actually doing real psychology. The rest of us were behaviourists or what not. So that may be another reason why I have more time for old Sigmund than most contemporary psychologists do.
And one thing that stands out in Freud's thinking is the overwhelming importance of the sex drive. Freud called it "libido" and put it behind almost all human behaviour. And I think there is no doubt that he gained that impression from the counselling sessions he did with troubled people in his clinical practice. So I take it as one of Freud's acute observations that the sex-drive is a pervasive and super powerful influence on human behaviour.
And the history of Islam bears that out. Polygamous societies generally, including traditional Mormons, are known for the difficulties they create in young men. If rich older guys have all the women locked up, what are the young men supposed to do? Mormons mostly just kick the young men out into the secular world but Islam provides no alternative like that. But it DOES provide a choice: Die fighting the infidel and you will get your women in heaven. The birthrate in heaven is apparently much more skewed than it is on earth.
And that is exactly what enabled Islam to be militarily successful for many centuries. When non-Muslim armies faced Muslim armies comprised of unmarried young men, they were up against something quite alien to their own thinking: Men who WANTED to die, fearless warriors. That was very hard to combat for normal people with a fear of mortality.
Now, however, that does not work as well. Western armies have advanced military equipment that makes a great rushing charges by fanatics simply obsolete. The machine gun alone does that. But young Muslim males still have the same sexual frustrations as ever. So some do set out to be killed productively -- in killing unbelievers. That is why many flock to ISIS. ISIS enables them to become once more the men of old, who sacrifice their life for the promise of a heavenly future.
But it is still only a tiny minority who go that far for their faith. I think it is clear that only a small minority of Muslims are certain of their heavenly future. So what do the doubters do?
They molest non-Muslim women. The vast scandals in Britain about mainly Pakistani men who made sex slaves of dumb young white British girls were perhaps the best known examples of that until the recent events in Cologne became known.
Speaking of the young men who make up most of the recent "Syrians" who have entered Europe as refugees, Geert Wilders describes them as "testosterone bombs" and that is a good and well founded application of libido theory. Freud was right. Libido is such a powerful motivator that it goes close to being unrepressible. The young Muslims of Cologne essentially could not help themselves. They MUST get some contact with females, even if they do it in a totally wrong way.
And it is not in fact in the West alone that they behave that way. Young men are very predatory towards women even in Muslim countries. That is one reason why men and women are kept drastically separate in such countries. So young Muslim males are a very unsatisfactory immigrant group for any Western country. They should all be sent home to the hellholes their foolish religion has created.
There is some further useful background on Muslim sexual hangups and the events in Cologne by French female journalist Laurence D'Hondt here. I translate her article roughly below. She obviously knows the Arab world well:
Huge sexual frustration is at the root of the violence in Cologne
Events in Cologne recall the violence in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Both events reflect a sexual frustration that haunts the Arab world. With the rise of Saudi Wahhabism and the lack of economic prospects, young people no longer have access to the women of their own country.
We may recall the story of the French journalists who covered the events of Tahrir Square in Cairo. They were pushed, touched and in some cases, raped. Despite their knowledge of these countries, these experienced women journalists were shocked by the sudden violence expressed from these men who were there for other purposes.
The events that occurred during the night of New Year in Cologne resemble the violence experienced in Egypt: men surrounded a number of young women on which they literally melt with the aim of touching, pushing their hands where they can, because female company is so difficult to access. Rape in this case is rare and usually the result of an isolated man with a deliberate intention to take action.
It is a unique form of violence that is basically unknown in European countries, but is, in contrast, common in Arab countries where the local police, knowing this, immediately intervene with batons or other weapons. The lack of immediate reaction from the German police is probably partly linked to the incomprehension of what was going on in Cologne overnight on New Year's Eve.
Most young men -and women- young people growing up today in the Arab-Muslim societies have a totally restrained sexuality. Their literature and film are full of stories of their small and big frustrations. Whether taking the Egyptian film, "Women bus" whose story revolves around young men that rub against the body 'too' closely' to young women on transport in Cairo. Whether we read author Khaled El Khamissi which in "Noah's Ark", tells how a youth is deadlocked when he finds the lack of access to the labor market and a fortiori to sexuality, because he lacks the means to marry a woman.
According to a UN report conducted in April, 99.3% of Egyptian women and young girls were victims of sexual harassment, a phenomenon described as endemic. A similar situation in Yemen. And that becomes commonplace in Iraq or Syria where the collapse of state structures gives free rein to violence against women. Even in the very liberated Lebanon, the author Rachid El Daif, tells in "Show me your legs Leila", how sexuality is disconnected from reality and how men and women are found only in fiction where the woman should aspire to virginity and the man to the omnipotence. The first victims of this frustration are Arab and non-Western.
In the Arab world today, sex is more than ever padlocked.
There are several reasons for this. They are economic firstly. Indeed, in most rural and even urban areas of the Arab-Muslim world, marriage, which gives access to sexuality, is possible only by having the means to offer women the amount required by her family as a bride price. With no means due to the lack of economic opportunity, men are forced to remain living with their families and have only one outlet for their sexuality to try their luck with prostitutes or foreigners.
In recent decades, these economic blocks have been reinforced by restrictive religious considerations modeled on the Saudi Wahhabism: men and women are forced to live in separate worlds where diversity is seen as an invitation to debauchery and where any offender behavior or attitude is considered un-Islamic.
Thus it is not rare in Arab countries to meet men of 30 or 35 years who have never had the opportunity to touch a woman. This sexual frustration, told by literature and cinema is one of the engines of the violence today in the Arab world.
It was 20 years ago, that a Syrian lady offered this reflection to me: "But I do not understand how men and women in Europe may lie next to each other on the beaches without pouncing on each other". Yet she was 60, was Christian and Syrian by origin, living in Cairo ...
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).