Recently my mother and I were having a conversation about my upcoming freshman year this fall. She was expressing how concerned she was for my safety and how she wanted me to be conscious of what I wear and dress modestly for the most part. But I was explaining to my mom that not only do I not have accentuated physical body parts, but most of the time I dress modestly and men still find their way to approach me in a lustful manner. Then I thought, is it possible for men to lust after the mind and heart, as opposed to the physical attributes of a woman?
As the conversation continued to develop, my mother used my sister as an example. One day, my sister went out with my mom in a romper that was short and a bit revealing. My mom noticed that men were looking at her in a very lustful way, and she used that word specifically. However, I countered that argument by saying that when my sister walks out of the house in sweatpants and a t-shirt, men still attracted to her in the same manner, even though she is not emphasizing her physical features. So what exactly were those men attracted to? It must have been something within my sister, whether that be her mind, or soul, or heart, that attracted them towards my sister as opposed to another woman walking right past who may have very well been showing off their physical features.
The word lust means to have a very strong sexual desire for someone. As I thought about the conversation my mom and I were having in combination with the definition of lust, I thought to myself maybe a person can lust after the mind or body or heart. The person may be thinking, “I want to have an intimate experience with your heart, but not necessarily be committed to it.” Or maybe the thought is, “I want to have an intimate experience with your mind through sex just to see what it’s like.” Potentially, lust for the heart or mind or soul, may very well be the concept of “love at first sight." So answer this, can I lust for your brain, or is that just a myth?