Advertisement

Idol Chatter

Idol Chatter

The Sexy Mormon Vampire: A History

SexyVampires_1.jpgI’ve written a bunch about hot chastity in Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series because, well, really, it’s difficult not to notice the erotic tension between vampire Edward Cullen and Bella, his beloved, even though they barely even kiss in the first book. Of course, about a gazillion teenage girls (and their Moms) also noticed this, which is what has made “Twilight” a worldwide phenomenon.
So I perked up when I saw the juicy, in depth article on this very subject, “100 Years of Sexy Sexless Mormon Vampires,” by the brilliant and eloquent Heidi Harris. (Okay: full disclosure, Heidi is one of my former grad students, but this makes her no less brilliant and eloquent.)
Of chastity and Edward, Harris writes:
“It is precisely because Edward is a vampire, then, that chastity has suddenly become so erotic. He refuses to have sex with his girlfriend, Bella, until they are properly wed, even when she practically throws herself on top of him every few chapters. Yet, he’s the one who comes to her bedroom at night, stares piercingly at her while breathing heavily, and has, to top it off, an apparently divine physique. This dissonance between the gentleman and the bad boy make Edward automatically complex, mysterious, and alluring.”
Of chastity and Edward, and Edward being a Mormon because of his chastity, Harris challenges popular assumptions and so insightfully observes:

Advertisement


“Of course, any theology in every religion is more complex than a simple premise like “Mormons are chaste.” But we depend on Twilight to be some sort of Summa Theologica of LDS sexual doctrine and all its minutia. That one could glean any complete understanding of Mormon theology from Twilight is, of course, completely untrue. . . .The fundamental point is that modern culture currently holds a specific assumption about what “Mormon” sexuality looks like and Edward Cullen has come to represent that assumption. The vampire’s sexuality, to simplify, is what makes him Mormon. And now all Mormons, to some extent, are seen as resembling the vampire, Edward Cullen.”
Harris’s interpretation of the popular discussion of Mormon sexuality in relation to Twilight is extensive and astute, and a must-read for anyone who is a fan of “Twilight” or simply this particular conversation in relation to the series. (So proud of Heidi for her, as always, thoroughly intelligent and nuanced contribution to this conversation–yes I am.)

  • EmKay

    I practice abstinence and I am not Mormon. Just because you practice abstinence does not mean you have to be Mormon. Thank you. I happen to be a Southern Baptist Jesus Freak. \m/^.^\m/ Rock on!

  • cami

    this is so cool. i lv it

  • wes

    I am glad that someone isn’t afraid to print the truth that mormons teach and practice the law of chastity which isn’t that popular in the world these days.But I also find it kinda funny that they would somehow link vampires (which I can definitely assure you has nothing to do with mormonism )is kinda funny hopefully people realize that Edward Cullen is a fine actor is a mormon who happens to be playing the part of a vampire.

  • lori wood

    I am 44 and I believe in abstanance. even though I have been divorced for 14 years I have only been a born again christian and virgin for 6 years and 10 months and counting.

  • Heidi

    Thank you for the compliments, Donna!

Previous Posts

Dr. Ted Baehr Ranked Among the Top 50 Christian Leaders in America
Newsmax just released their annual list of the top 100 Christian leaders in America who make a real impact on modern lives. Included in their list is Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of the family-friendly Movieguide. His position ranks ...

posted 9:53:33am Apr. 24, 2015 | read full post »

Super Soul Sunday: Ageless Living with Oprah and Dr. Christiane Northrup
Oprah talks to Dr. Christiane Northrup, New York Times bestselling author and pioneer in the field of women’s health and wellness, for a conversation about empowering everyone to trust their inner wisdom, following your heart’s desire and ...

posted 10:14:42am Apr. 23, 2015 | read full post »

The New ‘Jurassic World’ Trailer is Here, And It Doesn’t Disappoint
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJJrkyHas78[/youtube] Jurassic Park fans: this may just be the sequel you've been waiting for. The new Jurassic World trailer, released this week is jam-packed with action and full of surprises ...

posted 9:09:39am Apr. 21, 2015 | read full post »

Meet Vera, a main character in the upcoming show “The Messengers.”
Meet Vera, a main character in the upcoming show “The Messengers.” In The CW’s new drama “The Messengers,” Shantel Van Santen plays Vera, radio-astronomer whose son was kidnapped seven years ago. Vera has struggled since losing her ...

posted 12:24:16pm Apr. 17, 2015 | read full post »

‘Little Boy’ is a Story for Everyone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_BdzqsIX6A The question this father and son always have for each other during their adventures is "Do you believe we can do this?"  The answer is always "Yes, partner." If you’re a big fan of a movie ...

posted 5:01:43pm Apr. 13, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.