What I behold today is a Western world of “tolerance” and homosexual-inspired androgyny, so morally bankrupt and decadent that even the natural, primitive sexual appetites that make women attractive for men have been erased. It has come to this: Conservatives must now begin the restoration of civilization by promoting erotic love in order to bring us towards higher forms of  love—philia and agape. Specifically, it will be women who will save us, and their weapons will not be their brains, but their bodies.

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Peter Rieth, as he considers how erotic love may be the key to saving Western civilization.—W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher

Healthy political philosophy, like Socrates, must at times “go down to the Pireaus” and see what is being said in the agora. While there, conservatives sometimes tend to see so much bad, that they miss the good. One such good is an erotic music video by the Polish rap duo Donatan & Cleo titled “We Slavic Girls.” Before I go on, and before anyone decides to accuse me of sexism, chauvinism or some other ‘ism’, let alone of masking a perverse pleasure with somber moralizing, I should like to say that my beloved wife was the one who showed me all of this and explained its significance with much enthusiasm. If my wife sits me down to watch a music video full of beautiful women, what can I do? For clarity’s sake, let us begin at the beginning.

I have never watched, nor been interested in watching Eurovision. I learned about this year’s winner, a man dressed as a woman with a beard, from an article on CNN, claiming that this individual was a symbol for the greatness of Western civilization, and a needle in the eye of the “conservative” Russian people and Mr. Vladimir Putin. The article is silly, as is the premise, but I fear the sentiment is real. I fear that Westerners really do believe that their civilization is the height of culture because what once passed as a stereotypical circus act (the bearded lady) is now the crowning glory of Europe. Indeed—I even agree: a bearded lady is the best that the European Union can do. The problem is, Westerners seem to think it is somehow good enough.

Meanwhile, Russia has announced that it might be tempted to turn off America’s GPS systems, which function on the basis of Russian satellite technology. Russia has also announced that it will likely suspend space flights for Americans—Americans who, lest we forget, are unable to reach space without Russian technology. All of this is not to say that America is a technologically backwards nation, but rather, that America and Western Europe have made a choice about the kind of culture they wish to nurture: a suicidal choice. America, which once put a man on the moon, and Europe, which once put men on what would become America, have decided to close their factories and scientific research facilities and dedicate a vast percentage of their economies to consumer credit. The primary job of an American or European these days is spending money that the government prints. Russians, meanwhile, still build things. Important and impressive things. Yet the Russian people who maintain a functional space flight program are supposed to feel inferior to the West, which fields a bearded woman who claims to have a “husband”?

What really annoyed me, and particularly annoyed my wife—whose Polish patriotism is second to none—is the fact that the West is pretending that the bearded woman is the best that Europe has to offer, when in fact, it was the Polish Eurovision contestant, Donaton & Cleo, which were the embodiment of the true greatness of European popular culture. The Polish entry lost the battle, as Poles often do, but hopefully will win the war for the soul of Europe.

As my wife explained to me, and the rap music video clearly demonstrates, Slavic women from Eastern Europe are the most beautiful and desirable women on Earth. As the song explains, this is because they respect the genetic and natural inheritance they received from their mothers, they know how to cook well, and they are generally charming. The song also encourages men to “try” Eastern European women. In another video, the rappers tell us that Slavic women are “reliable like Kalashnikovs”, a pretty evident nod to Poland’s Russian brothers on the East.

Of course, Donaton & Cleo were lectured by Enlightened Europeans that their video and their lyrics were the height of sexism and generally the stuff of pigs. Conservatives, upon first glance, might also shy away from embracing this obviously erotic video. However—let us consider for a moment: Above all, the bearded man-woman circus act that won the Eurovision is simply hideously unattractive. It boggles my mind how anyone could even look at something that ridiculously contrary to all natural aesthetic sense. I have seen transvestites perform music before in clubs and theatres, but transvestites usually shock the senses by doing a good job of dressing up as women (at least in Eastern Europe they do). The Eurovision winner is simply ugly, because the entire concept of a woman with a beard is ugly—ugly as in physically unattractive. Yet somehow, so many Westerners were able to sit through the performance, vote for the bearded woman and now post pictures of the bearded woman in the mainstream media as if to say “behold our virtue of tolerance!”

What I behold is a Western world so morally bankrupt and decadent, that even the natural, primitive sexual appetites that make men attractive for women and women attractive for men have been erased in Western minds. Decades of feminist propaganda have led to a Western society that has liberated itself from even eroticism. It has come to this—that a conservative must now begin the restoration of civilization from such a low, low point as to proclaim in the public square: Men should try to look attractive for women, and women should try to look attractive for men, because we require erotic love in order to bring us towards higher forms of  love—philia and agape.

And that, really, is the point of the Donatan & Cleo rap video. If you watch the original Polish video, you will notice the girls are shown in traditional folk settings, and that attention is paid to high-lighting their God given feminine virtues. The video screams out to European men: have you forgotten what women are? Have you forgotten what erotic love is? Have you all gone sterile? For it seems that Western European man has indeed forgotten what women are. Eastern Europeans and Russians certainly have not. Conservatives, often mindful of the vices of erotic lust and temptation, ought not jump to prudish conclusions.

Imagine Odysseus: worn out, bruised, homesick—tempted by men dressed as women with beards. Imagine Penelope, waiting at home, alone, bored out of her mind because no suitors vie for her hand. Imagine a world without erotic love—a world of “tolerance” and homosexual-inspired androgyny. Indeed—this world is fast approaching, and is upon the West already. It is a world without the vices associated with erotic lust. True. But it is also a world where the natural virtues of spiritual love, often born of erotic love in the maturing years of youth, will also be abolished. It is a world predicted by C.S. Lewis in his Hideous Strength. It is a world that only Eastern Europeans and Russians can stop—specifically—Eastern European and Russian women. Their weapons will not be their brains, but their bodies.

This essay in our series of “Timeless Essays” was first published here in May 2014.

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The featured image is a still from the music video “My Słowianie.” 

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