The well-dressed people down on Wall Street and Madison Avenue know the impact of having scantily clad women touting the virtues of everything from beer, to cologne to Range Rovers…and everything in between. But ask the working Mother on Main Street and she will tell you that if that woman comes anywhere near her husband there is going to be a problem.
I have long wondered why in our society it is permissible to use sex as a selling point but when the time comes around to getting the girl, or lately in the case of Tiger Woods and Jesse James, two men who had rather nice looking women by their sides, one is never enough. Is it really about sexual addiction or about having more of the American dream?
How fortuitous it is that I have lived long enough to witness the emergence of the newest addiction to be spot lit by those venerable mind manipulators, clinical psychologists. Now in addition to alcohol, gambling and drug addictions, we have sexual addiction to blame for the ills of our personal and collective psyches.
There must be something to this sexual addiction thing because over 70 years ago, Napoleon Hill, author of “Think and Grow Rich”, thoroughly discussed the need to transmute sexual desires in order to attain the greater measure of success. Heck, that word transmute stayed on my mind for weeks like a bad jingle that you can’t get out of your head. And every time I saw a pretty woman going by I just repeated transmute until the urge passed. Funny how my bank account balance has yet to be affected.
So, then, I come back to what Madison Avenue advertisers are using to intoxicate us, sex. If true success comes only when we suppress our natural inclination for sex, then why are they trying to convince us that we won’t really be successful unless we have that bikini-wearing woman in the passenger seat of our automobile? And we all have seen the man in the Extense commercial. Every woman in the office is happier because of his newly discovered virility. But yet, we gotta say no. What a dilemma.
I guess in the final analysis it is just better for us all to know that sex sells, and having sex is great, but having too much sex is going to make your corporate sponsors, who sell sex to induce us to buy their products are going to unceremoniously dump you when you get caught. See, I told you to Just Do It…I mean Just Say No!