cuf5kCBIn Bleak Expectations there is a governess named Chastity Hardthrasher; the only female member of the Hardthrasher family. Her name is rather apt given the lengths our plucky hero, Pip Bin, must go to woo her charge, the beautiful Ms. Flora Dies-Early.

She is of course named after one of the Seven Virtues of Catholicism. Not to be confused with the English Virtues after which Harry Biscuit names his children:

  • Capability
  • Sobriety
  • Bravery
  • Nobility
  • Punctuality
  • Good Spelling
  • Charm
  • Civility
  • Manners
  • Fightiness
  • Likes Tea
  • Hates French
  • Loves Latin
  • Prays Hard
  • Doesn't Spit in the Street
  • Complains Not
  • Tasty
  • Yummy
  • Delicious
  • Happy
  • Sleepy
  • Grumpy
  • Exploit the Colonies

As hilarious as they are it does make me wonder whether it isn’t time to attempt to define a secular set of virtues. They may well share plenty in common with the old ones but would at least have modern logic behind them rather than mere tradition.

The one that stands out to me is chastity though, hence the character choice. I do not grasp why it is relevant any longer, particularly as it tends to be primarily applied to women rather than men. I see no reason why women should be passively berated for conducting themselves like males with regards to sex.

There is one amusing contrast with regards to this though – Ann Summers has made significant progress towards making sex toys aimed at women socially acceptable. The same can not be said of male sex toys. Rabbits are acceptable but fleshlights are considered perverse and creepy.

Amusing double standards aside I am sick of the indoctrination (both active and passive) that says that women need be chaste lest they be described as sluts. We males may be looked down on for discussing sexual conquests with pride but it is still socially acceptable. Why should women not have the same pride in bedding a handsome chap?

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