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Lust in My Heart

Lust in My Heart batshit crazy  Carter Playboy Interview 195x300Oh good god, here I go again.

First off, my sincere apologies to my awesome fellow bloggers in the Insomnia Club. Weeks ago we’d agreed on a topic and a date for posting. And then I promptly forgot all about it. I suck.

So the topic is and I was supposed to post something yesterday. Some of my fellow bloggers (links below) posted these awesome, steamy stories full of lusty sex (and and sex). Whereas, all I can think of when I think of the word is - Jimmy Carter’s 1976 Playboy Interview when he said he had lust in his heart, and the media circus that followed.

No, I’m not THAT old. I was just a kid when it happened. But I remember reading about it. And it just kind of stuck in my addled brain. Longtime readers might’ve observed that I’m somewhat obsessed with politics and media and the way they intersect.

So, regardless of how you feel about Carter as prez, most people would agree that the dude is an essentially decent guy with his core beliefs routed in old-school Evangelical Christianity (note: I said old-school). Fun Fact: Michele Bachmann and her hubby worked on Carter’s presidential campaign. Anyway…

I have no post. Not really. I’m just gonna quote that 1976 interview and let you all ponder. Sorry to be such a bummer.

Because I’m just human and I’m tempted and Christ set some almost impossible standards for us. The Bible says, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Christ said, I tell you that anyone who looks on a woman with lust has in his heart already committed adultery. I’ve looked on a lot of women with lust. I’ve committed adultery in my heart many times…. This is something that God recognizes, that I will do and have done, and God forgives me for it. But that doesn’t mean that I condemn someone who not only looks on a woman with lust but who leaves his wife and shacks up with somebody out of wedlock. Christ says, don’t consider yourself better than someone else because one guy screws a whole bunch of women while the other guy is loyal to his wife. The guy who’s loyal to his wife ought not to be condescending or proud because of the relative degree of sinfulness.

- Jimmy Carter

Now, go have some fun and check in with the rest of the Insomnia Club. I promise, they won’t disappoint you.

Women are From Mars: I Have a Healthy Relationship… With Lust

Met Another Frog: Lust, The Jazz Singer, and Me

Single in My 30s: Summer Breeze Makes Me Feel… Saucy.

Train Wreck Love: Lust, love, greed and consciousness

My Pixie Blog – Sometimes You’re Nothing But Meat

Confronting Love – Dance with Me.


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  1. nathan says:

    So many people seem to forget that the politicized religious right really started gaining prominence during the Carter years. He may not have agreed with everything they stand for, but it’s statements like this that show the affinities.

    In terms of relationships, his statement really stems from the blame and shame sex discourse running throughout many schools of the big three monotheistic religious traditions. I totally think Carter is a decent guy, and has been a pretty good “post-president” as well. But Americans might want to consider how the statement Carter made actually isn’t that old-school. Not only do a lot of people still believe exactly that today, but the rest of us contend with the residue from three hundred plus years of sexuality viewed by the majority in precisely this way.
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  2. Nikki B says:

    You know, this is the thing. It’s so funny to shame someone for this kind of discussion, when I think it’s pretty mainstream in our collective consciousness. And there’s all that evidence that we didn’t start out as monogamous beasts, that sex is part of our innate community structures from way way back, and that the relationships we accept today are more than likely all more recent culture, stemming from agriculture and livestock domestication.

    Doesn’t make monogamous relationships wrong. Just an explanation of why these words probably resonate with more people than care to admit it.

    And why we should be more open about lust. That isn’t to say we should always act on it and just go back to being one big, open, community (dear god can you imagine). BUT it IS to say… maybe we should shame ourselves just a lil less about these things. It’s natural, but you don’t need to act on it if that isn’t your thing. There’s a big fat difference in there, that was alluded to in Carter’s quote, and we all have free freakin’ will.

    We also have freedom of thought… so we can decide that monogamy isn’t for us. And then we need to communicate that. Really really clearly.
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  3. I actually really appreciate that you wrote/quoted this (in spite of your feelings of suckage). I think it is really interesting for people of all walks – and choices – of life to discuss their take on lust as long as they are acknowledging it exists. It was pretty bold of conservative, religious Carter to say these things to a magazine, particularly one centered around sex. And as far as I can tell, it was important for him not to judge others about their choices.

    Despite the fact that the majority of society still accepts monogamy and condemns people who don’t subscribe to it, those of us on the “fringe” can be just as non-accepting of anything “straight.” While I get where that stems from – any oppression is going to lead to anger and hatred for the status quo of the oppressor – it’s still the same thing dressed up in a different suit (or lacy black thing).
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  4. Lennie Ross says:

    1976—politicians talked about lust
    2011—they act on it
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