by Jesse Russell, Life Site News:
June 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – In his recent heavily lauded film The Shape of Water, Mexican horror director Guillermo Del Toro chronicles the Cold War era love affair between a mute custodial worker at an American research facility named Elisa Esposito and a strange aquatic creature that has been captured by the American government. Throughout the course of the film, Elisa befriends the creature and rescues it, taking it to her home where she tends to the strange being in her bathtub.
Over time, Elisa oddly falls in love with the fish-like being and even has carnal relations with it.
After a variety of twists and turns and bestial romance, Elisa and the fish man escape from the nasty American military establishment into the water in which Elisa herself changes into a fish (it is implied in the movie that she may have originally been a fish creature herself who was found in a river with cuts on her neck where gills would be).
The film itself is, on one level, quintessential left-wing propaganda. Released in the printemps of Social Justice Warrior (SJW) activism, there are all the elements that would tantalize unwashed pink haired SJW zombie hoards: revenge fantasies of killing a handsome, strong, and intelligent Western man, bizarre and unnatural sexual encounters, fetishizing of the notion of the gifted outsider or other attacks on the military, and an overall sappy panoply of “dad issues” and weird boyfriend fantasies.
However, more than these silly tidbits, The Shape of Water is an unsettling watershed in the trans-movement. As Brokeback Mountain and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” provided the right social conditioning at just the right time to rewire the minds of Americans regarding marriage, so too does The Shape of Water oddly forebode a new step in the LGBTQ+ movement: the legitimization of any and all forms of sexual encounter.
But this should not surprise us, for what John Paul II called the “culture of death” had already given us a warning that this would happen a long time ago.
All unnatural ideas begin in barely readable books, that is, the kind of books that only boring professors read, and the vision of a polymorphous, even trans-species sexuality celebrated in films like The Shape of Water was hatched in a 1955 work by Frankfurt School philosopher Herbert Marcuse titled, Eros and Civilization: A Philosophical Inquiry into Freud.
Marcuse’s work is largely an attempt to wrestle the thought of Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud away from mid-20th century, “post-Freudian,” conservatives and Christians who had appropriated Freudian terminology and ideas to advocate what Marcuse derides as “(i)dealistic morality.” Marcuse expresses his worry in the work that Freud’s insights are being used to help wounded individuals develop a normal love life within the confines of marriage, and the Cultural Marxist Marcuse wants to show the reader just how radical Freud’s ideas can be.
Acknowledging that even Freud himself may have been too tame in advocating some degree of sexual restraint, Marcuse lays out a fundamentally Freudian anthropology in which the self “exists, as it were, in two different dimensions, characterized by different mental processes and principles.” The self is torn between “the conscious,” which is “ruled by the pleasure principle” and conscious life, which is governed by the “reality principle” or cold hard facts that, “you can’t always get what you want.”
Thus, at the basis of Marcuse’s thought is that the self is stuck between wild, irrational desires for pleasure at any cost and the limits placed on it, which, allegedly, can produce neurosis or mental illness in a person if he or she is not able to act on his or desires.
Marcuse’s goal in Eros and Civilization is to provide the philosophical justification for tearing away the restraints on sexual behavior in order to free Western men and women from the harsh demands of modern civilization.
Like all revolutionaries, Marcuse promises the savory carrot of freedom and happiness to his readers. He advocates a “non-repressive mode of existence” and “liberation of instinctual needs and satisfaction which have hitherto remained tabooed or repressed.’ Marcuse leaves his phrase here open-ended intentionally. While his initial readers in 1955 might think that Marcuse here is merely advocating for consensual heterosexual sex outside of the bonds of Christian marriage, the West traditionally has, even in its murky pagan past, forbade homosexuality, pederasty, necrophilia, incest, bestiality, and rape.
As a result, smashing the traditional Western restraints on and taboos forbidding sexual activity in the West will “free” any and all forms of sexual desire.