Dying for Sex

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Is this passage about mantises? Because it could be about men:

The mating rites of mantises are well known: a chemical produced in the head of the male insect says, in effect, “No, don’t go near her, you fool, she’ll eat you alive.” At the same time a chemical in his abdomen says, “Yes, by all means, now and forever yes.” While the male is making up what passes for his mind, the female tips the balance in her favor by eating his head. (Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, 59)

The rest is downhill from there, unless, of course, you’re the female mantis. She won’t stop until the male has been utterly devoured.

For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death…. And now, O sons, listen to me, and do not depart from the words of my mouth.  Keep your way from her, and do not go near the door of her house, lest you give your honor to others and your years to the merciless, lest strangers take their fill of your strength, and your labors go to the house of a foreigner, and at the end of your life you groan, when your flesh and body are consumed. (Proverbs 5:3-5, 7-11)

Heavenly Father, empower me and the men in my church – empower all men reading this post who bear the name of Christ – to put to death our lust and to walk in your light. Fill us with your Holy Spirit, who frees us from abdomen-thinking and gives us self-control. Train us in love to treat older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, and all women as persons rather than objects. Thank you for your gospel, in which you have washed us, sanctified us, and justified us. We want to honor you today as clean men who know how not to lose their heads. In the name of Jesus, Amen.  

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