Virgin Sacrifice & Why Men Desire Virgins
Joan of Arc was 19 when they burnt her at the stake in 1431 and I have a sneaking suspicion that one of the reasons why she had to be sacrificed was because she was still a virgin. Men crave virgins, dream of virgins, they will give ten years off the end of their lives to pop a virgin. And here was Joan in shiny armour, wielding a sword and shielding her proud little hymen like a secret weapon. If ever there was ever a girl wailing to be a virgin sacrifice, Jeanne d’Arc’s cries still echo through there ages.
The Maid of Orléans came from a peasant family. At an early age she heard the voice of God, who was French, and saw visions of herself leading armies in battle to liberate France from the English in the Hundred Years’ War. The war ended with Charles VII being crowned King of France and Joan a handful of ash scattered on the wind.
Before the peace treaty was signed, Joan had been betrayed by a group of pagans. She was sold to the English, put on trial and committed to the flames after being found guilty of heresy – a witch as well as a virgin. Twenty-five years later, the Church proclaimed Joan innocent, she was declared a martyr and waited 500 years to be made a saint.
Iconic Virgin Sacrifice
Why the long wait? She was a virgin. She had to pay. Men are obsessed. The first thing on men’s minds at the end of battle is to burn the library and rape the virgins. They want to be first, add a fresh notch to the gun, a memory like a tattoo that will last forever. Joan had to be chastised, castigated, disciplined – for five centuries – for failing to do that ladylike thing and hand over her maidenhead. The fact that she remained intacta turned Jeanne d’Arc into a cultural icon. Books, plays, movies, poems, there’s even a video game featuring the vestal warrior with blue-eyes, blonde curls and breasts to die for.
In primitive times, when the crops failed, or a volcano erupted, our ancestors placated the Gods with a sacrifice. A virgin sacrifice, obviously, a girl just stepping from childhood to girlhood and, naturally, the prettiest in the tribe. It doesn’t matter how old men get, how close they are to death, they still have an eye for the maiden.
As beautiful women learn early, beauty is a burden as well as a gift. Beauty puts less desirable women on edge and torments the life out of men. A cute girl suggests that unsullied part of her that men want most. The fact that only one man is going to seize the prize provides a logic to her slaughter and, paradoxically, while man is born adoring beauty, just below the surface he carries a predisposition, a gut feeling that beauty should be profaned, scarred, destroyed, and there is no more conclusive way to obliterate beauty than in a virgin sacrifice, as Joan of Arc discovered at the hands of the heathen English.
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