, in his excellent book The Four Loves
, makes a telling observation. He states that men seem to love an infernal Venus
-- that is, an archetypical goddess
of love, a pure and untaintable vision of almost holy
devotion, who just happens to be a slut
. You have the perfect
and the profane
, wrapped up in one package.
That goes a long way to explaining certain popular themes in entertainment. The movie Pretty Woman is just one example.
Yeah, mankind and mythology are full of those dichotomies and dualisms. Deal with it.