Spiritual: Of, relating to, or affecting the human spirit or soul.
I like this shot:
That shot comes from the anime Sword Art Online.
I like that shot not because it arouses me, but because it makes me think. It reminds of these words from Archbishop Fulton Sheen:
Clothing … is a symbol of lost innocence, a memento of a former glory. There are therefore two fashions: the passing fashion of the world and the enduring fashion of the spiritual. … it will not matter how we are dressed on the outside … but it makes an eternity of difference as to how we are dressed on the inside.
The placement of Suguha’s hands — over her breasts — strikes me as spiritual.
Suguha could put her hands anywhere, so why are they where they are?
The function of breasts is to provide nourishment for new life.
In this scene, I see Suguha nourishing new life.
Suguha is telling herself what she is about to do and thinking about why she is about to do it. Suguha is essentially asking herself “What is important to me? Why?”
The “new life” that Suguha is nourishing isn’t a baby’s — it’s her own. The thoughts and feelings running through Suguha are acting like breast milk: Giving her strength and satisfying hunger. Suguha’s hunger isn’t physical. It’s spiritual.
Suguha is trying to do the right thing. Suguha wants to be happy. Suguha wants to love and be loved in return. Why? Because Suguha is created in the image and likeness of God, and God is love. (Genesis 1:27, 1 John 4:8)
That’s why I see where Suguha’s hands are as significant:
Suguha is nourishing herself by reminding herself of what is important to her and why. This action is symbolized by the placement of her hands over her breasts. Such a placement represents Suguha taking stock of herself — taking stock of all that she is and wants to be. Like breast milk nourishes new life, the thoughts and feelings that Suguha is having are nourishing her “new life” — are giving her the strength to begin a new chapter in her life. A chapter that, she hopes, will lead to the satisfaction of her greatest hunger: To love and be loved.
In Suguha, I see “the enduring fashion of the spiritual.”
It’s unfortunate that there are people who see this scene…
…and dismiss it as porn.
Ultimately, I don’t see porn.
I see a woman who is stripping herself physically and mentally in order to better understand who she is, what she wants, and why she wants it.
To end this post:
A quote C.S. Lewis:
‘Creation’ as applied to human authorship seems to me to be an entirely misleading term. We re-arrange elements He has provided. And that is surely why our works never mean to others quite what we intended; because we are recombining elements made by Him and already containing His meanings. Because of those divine meanings in our materials it is impossible that we should ever know the whole meaning of our works and the meaning we never intended may be the best and truest one.