Who are the best seducers of all? Do politicians rank near the top? Moviestars? Corporate CEOs?
Since we in Virginia entering the final stages of our 2015 elections and since the 2016 presidential election is starting to heat up, I think it is worth considering what it means to seduce or be seduced.
If you don’t think seduction is an issue in your daily life, consider the toilet. At one time no one used a toilet. Now? How were people persuaded that we all need to have multiple toilets in our homes? How did the EPA manage to persuade us that we should let government bureaucrats tell us how much water we can flush at one time?
What is the difference between being seduced and persuaded by rational argument?
Seduction is a fine subject for a hot and steamy August. It is an interesting word, one that has rather pleasant connotations on the surface. It simply means to enchant, charm, entice, and to lead. When you trace the origins of that word back far enough however, you soon encounter some other root words, like treason, treachery, and deceit.
Today the modern definition has combined the two concepts so to lead has come to mean, to lead astray. To seduce has come to mean to charm someone down the wrong path. It carries the implication of deceit and manipulation with heavy sexual over tones. Culture, mores, history, and human sexuality, have all played a role in giving us our modern definition.
In the days of old, women as a group were not perceived as the primary seducers, as a temptress full of wiles and deceit sure to lead men astray…
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