A group of young men coming out of a movie house on
dating and sex agreed that the lead actress was one of the
most luscious creatures in their world.
In discussing some of the implications of her
attractions one of them suddenly remarked, "Do you realize that five
different men have actually been married to her, and none of them
wanted to keep her?"
If sex with the most beautiful was the most important
consideration in a relationship, then Hollywood marriages and most dating couples would be
outstandingly successful! There is probably more dating and sex
appeal there than in anywhere in the world. Yet they are notoriously
unstable. Obviously, something more than sex must be added.
Recent studies in psychology have given us a
partial answer to this sex and dating puzzle. We have now learned
that sex can be continuously satisfying only when and as it involves
the response of total personalities
to each other.
Men soon get tired of women, however beautiful they
may be, unless the relationship is basically personal. Here are some
of the places where sex attraction can lead astray. Young men of
high ideals may become attracted sexually to certain girls. Such
desires may become so strong that they will propose marriage to
girls who are quite unsuitable for them, because only so can they
satisfy their sex desires without violating their consciences.
Other men, not so high in ideals, become obsessed
with a desire for sex relationships with attractive girls whom they
cannot "have" outside of marriage.
Both these situations present the real danger that,
once the desire has been satisfied either within or outside of
marriage, the man loses interest. If you are a girl whom men find
unusually attractive, you have a special problem at this point. It
will be difficult for both you and them to know whether what they
feel toward you is substantial enough to sustain a sound
marriage or, because it is primarily physical, will prove to be only
a passing fancy.
Your best safeguard is to find out the character
traits and integrity of the man. You can tell this in part by
what he cares about. If he cares about ideals, if he is concerned
with making the world a better place, he may be a good risk.
On the other hand, if he claims to be interested
only in you, do not be flattered; be warned. This world of ours is
an extremely interesting place. It has also become so dangerous that
we had better be interested in making it reasonably safe. The man
who claims to be interested only in a girl is either a liar, or so
deficient in development that he ought not to marry anybody.