Sex Killers

Sex Killers

Sex Killers

Sex Killers

Excerpt

Sex is our most powerful instinct. It has been the inspiration for great poetry, art, sacrifice — and murder. Sexual passion lurks a millimetre beneath the surface of the mildest life like a wild animal. Without warning, it can explode into violent action.

Sex plays its part in the slaughter of war, even in recent conflicts. A large number of Vietnamese men joined the Viet Cong, the Communist resistance during the Vietnam war, because American soldiers were coming to their country and taking their women. This caused what was known at the time as 'shrinking bird syndrome'. Vietnamese men believed that the presence of foreigners in their country caused their penises to shrink — a powerful reason to go to war against the military might of the world's most powerful nation. No wonder the Vietnamese won.

The problem with sex is that we are all vulnerable. Every one of us can be caught up in its heady passion. It is not hard for us to sympathise with lovers who have killed an unfaithful partner. Who of us has not suffered the paranoid nightmare of sexual jealousy? If a gun was handy, there are few of us who would not be tempted to pull the trigger and shoot the dirty dog down.

But how far would most of us go in other circumstances? If, say, we found that our particular sexual . . .

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