Gustatory Gratification: Akin to Sexual Gratification?
Stephenson Billings is so keen on casting stones, yet it’s evident that he is not without sin. Billings, the so-called “Investigative Journalist”, seems to enjoy what he views as his god-given right to tell others how to live. His journalism condemns anything and everything – from homosexuality and masturbation to arts education and birthday parties.
His obsession with the sex lives of his fellow citizens is disturbing and borders on criminal. He takes issue with the consensual acts performed by adults behind closed doors. He thinks that even occasional masturbation by otherwise healthy teens is somehow harmful to the most liberal of parents and loved-ones.
When I posted a question on http://confessionwire.com asking others to join me in a late-night “solo-activities” event for no other reason than to piss Mr. Billings off, he responded as such:
“I would like you all to take a moment and think on some things for me: think of your mother’s face when you were a child and you cut your knee. Think of your grandmother’s birthday kisses. Think of your first puppy as he crawled into bed with you at night. Think of the first full moon you saw rise. Think of me smiling, leading you by the hand down the aisle of a church to a front pew where we will hear a beautiful sermon… Think of the poverty in Haiti, the tsnunami in Indonesia, the corruption in Russia. Think of the children you pass by on the street everyday, their wholesome innocent faces… Do you really feel the need to gratify yourself sexually now? You are hurting those who love you. You are disgracing all those wonderful memories in your head. Please don’t. Please.
Did Mr. Billings ever consider that perhaps his tendency to overeat is just as, if not more, harmful as the masturbatory habits of those around him? Well, of course he’s considered it, but is he willing to admit it? When I posed a question on Confessionwire about his glaringly obvious hypocrisy, he responded with this:
“You know nothing of my personal life and have no authority to cast stones, cast aspersions on my morality. I do not commit gluttony and I do not have to explain my diet to you. How I look is entirely appropriate for someone my age and in my position. You are far too obsessed with my looks and my persona. I genuinely believe you are unhealthy mentally.” (2)
But you do commit gluttony, Stephenson.
n. pl. glut·ton·ies
Excess in eating or drinking.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright © 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
While the latter part of the definition cannot be attributed to Billings, the former certainly can.
In the comments section of his article entitled “As Valentine’s Day Approaches, Are Americans Thinking About Sex Instead of the Suffering in Haiti?” I called him on his willingness to condemn others for what he perceives as selfishness in the face of tragedy while being blissfully ignorant of his own. His response:
“You are ridiculous but the strangely hilarious thing is that I did indeed just eat two hamburgers! (Actually cheeseburgers with onions.) How did you know that? Are you spying on me?” (3)
He admitted to his own selfishness and greed and laughed it off as amusing and inconsequential.
So, is gustatory gratification akin to sexual gratification? If you’re eating more than your body requires, you’re eating for pleasure instead of necessity. Just like how unprotected sex can carry consequences, so can overeating. Obesity is a leading and undisputed cause of heart disease, diabetes, types of cancer (primarily breast, ovarian, uterine, cervical, colo-rectal, and prostate), reproductive problems (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, infertility), hypertension, sleep apnea, liver disease, stroke, and depression, just to name a few. (4)
I’d say that trumps your little list of the complications of masturbation, wouldn’t you, Billings?
So, one can ask the same questions of him as he asked of me in response to my masturbation question:
Do you really feel the need to give yourself that gustatory gratification, Mr. Billings? Think of your poor, haunted mother. Did you ever consider that perhaps she drowns her sorrows in a bottle of vodka because her once athletic and fit son decided to shove food in his face and become overweight, forcing him to resort to a career in clowning instead of sports? Think of your mother and how badly your food addiction is hurting her next time you reach for that second cheeseburger or that tub of chocolate ice cream. What would she think if her son succumbed to one of the all-too-common complications of being overweight? Would mother like it if she outlived her one child? Think about it, Billings.