A Preoccupation With Modesty…

…or  “Sex on the Brain

Can ritual and custom become dangerous obsession?

Published on March 5, 2012 by The Psychoanalysis 3.0 Writing, Group in Psychoanalysis 3.0

By Alan Slomowitz, Ph.D.

Something went wrong in the Israeli town of Ramat Bet Shemesh. A crowd of ultra-orthodox men, offended by what they deemed the immodest dress of an 8-year-old girl walking to school, shouted at her that she was a prostitute. And then they spat on her. They spat on a child. Can you imagine? Clearly, something went very, very wrong. As a psychologist and member of the observant Jewish community, I am trying to understand what.

Condemnation is easy. It’s kind of like spitting with words. In contrast, understanding is hard, but worthwhile. So, let’s put ourselves in the shoes of these very religious men and try to understand their reaction to the young girl’s “immodesty.”

A preoccupation with modesty is usually a way to protect against sexual thoughts. Such appears to be the case with this community of Ultra Orthodox Jewish men alarmingly preoccupied with female modesty, even when the female in question is a pre-pubescent child.   Read more . . .

My comment:

Could a disturbing attitude toward sex and modesty develop from misrepresentations of the basic principles of biology and levels of biological organization used in animal models for the development of sexual behavior? For example, no animal model links visual input directly to the evolution of the gene, cell, tissue, organ, organ system pathway that links olfactory/pheromonal input directly to the intracellular signaling, gene activation, and gene expression, common to all species from microbes to man. Without this direct epigenetic link from the environment to genetically predisposed intracellular signaling, it is not possible to correctly link what we see to sex on the brain, which makes any preoccupation with “modesty” a perversion of its biological underpinnings. Isn’t the problem more likely to be the onset of adrenarche in the 8 y/o, which is associated with her production of social odors and species-specific pheromones? Food odors and pheromones are responsible for appetite and sexual arousal in all mammals. In this context, the behavior of abusive males offended by the display of skin, which contains glands for pheromone production, is behavior that might best be attributed to a fear of pheromones.


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James Vaughn Kohl was the first to accurately conceptualize human pheromones, and began presenting his findings to the scientific community in 1992. He continues to present to, and publish for, diverse scientific and lay audiences, while constantly monitoring the scientific presses for new information that is relevant to the development of his initial and ongoing conceptualization of human pheromones. Recently, Kohl integrated scientific evidence that pinpoints the evolved neurophysiological mechanism that links olfactory/pheromonal input to genes in hormone-secreting cells of tissue in a specific area of the brain that is primarily involved in the sensory integration of olfactory and visual input, and in the development of human sexual preferences. His award-winning 2007 article/book chapter on multisensory integration: The Mind’s Eyes: Human pheromones, neuroscience, and male sexual preferences followed an award winning 2001 publication: Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology, which was coauthored by disinguished researchers from Vienna. Rarely do researchers win awards in multiple disciplines, but Kohl’s 2001 award was for neuroscience, and his 2007 “Reiss Theory” award was for social science. Kohl has worked as a medical laboratory scientist since 1974, and he has devoted more than twenty-five years to researching the relationship between the sense of smell and the development of human sexual preferences. Unlike many researchers who work with non-human subjects, medical laboratory scientists use the latest technology from many scientific disciplines to perform a variety of specialized diagnostic medical testing on people. James V. Kohl is certified with: * American Society for Clinical Pathology * American Medical Technologists James V. Kohl is a member of: * Society for Neuroscience * Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology * Association for Chemoreception Sciences * Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality * International Society for Human Ethology * American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science * Mensa, the international high IQ society