have to know the antidotes, and you have to set up the parameters that
keep you from even being tempted in those areas, which means for
instance, I’m never alone, ever, ever alone with a woman, or even my
myself when I’m traveling.
Jesse takes this to mean, natch, that Rick Warren is his cock to such an extent (and by the way you can all thank me now for making you think of Little Rick) that he cannot be alone with a woman without cheating on his wife. And I get that, I do, but I also get misplaced hostility and fear from what he’s saying. There’s something really hostile about a man who views women as having the sole purpose of tempting him into having sex. He’s in a room with them, they’re there for sex, and not just for sex but to maliciously drive him from the decent and upstanding path he’s chosen. That’s their purpose, to him. I mean, eww.
John’speeps theorize he was trying to talk about the importance of appearing aboveboard, which I don’t necessarily think makes things better, just smaller and slightly less sordid. I can see the argument that he’s saying it’s important not to repeatedly put yourself in situations you know could lead to bad behavior, like not hanging out in bars if you’re in AA or something? Still, I don’t know, I’ve been alone with tons of dudes not my husband and have managed not to screw them, and not solely by virtue of there being nobody else around. Is Warren really advancing the theory that if a chick shows up in a room with you, you pretty much have no choice?
I see this as just the latest utterance of a power structure bent on making women responsible for all that is evil in the world, with men as their helpless victims. The temptation for Warren here is being alone with a woman, and she barely exists, except as his gateway to sin.