The pedophilia permitted in this religious culture may have secretly lascivious roots, but the attraction lies in power and control rather than erotica. By commandeering young bodies, an old man also commandeers youthful life. While a girl's character is still soft, he can mold her to fit in his family system. The more pliable her personality, the easier the transition. The result: new verve in the patriarch's home and the growth of the family kingdom. Media emphasis on sex for sport comes from a secular orientation, rather than a fundamentalist perspective. The real juice for FLDS patriarchs doesn't come from rollicking in bed; it comes from taking over young lives.
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