Maroon 5 and the Feminine Genius

Is it me, or is Maroon 5′s new hit “Sugar” a tribute to St. John Paul II’s concept of feminine genius? Maybe I am just looking to excuse the fact that I have been playing this song pretty much non-stop in the car during my daily pick-up/drop-off kids routine, but I think there’s something to this.

Sure, we could read lyrics like these with sexual overtones, but I prefer to think of them as an example of one man’s natural attraction and longing for one woman’s feminine influence:

I don’t wanna be needing your love
I just wanna be deep in your love
And it’s killing me when you’re away
Ooh baby, cause I really don’t care where you are
I just wanna be there where you are
And I gotta get one little taste

As Ven. Archbishop Fulton Sheen reminds us in the video clip I shared earlier this week:

The level of any civilization is always its level of its womanhood. In as much as woman is loved, it follows that the nobler a woman is, the nobler man will have to be to be deserving of that love. That is why the level of any civilization is always its level of its womanhood.

It’s a great privilege and a great responsibility for women to be the ones who set the standards of nobility in our world. Men who are attracted to us and long for our reciprocal love will rise to meet the standards we set for them. But how many young women today know they possess this kind of power? Sadly, many women in today’s culture readily recognize the power of sexual attractiveness but fail to see that God’s plan for their greatness is much bigger than that. In their confusion, they forfeit their real feminine power for fleeting moments of sexual control, as they long for affirmation themselves.

So many of us settle for so much less than God intends for us, and yet St. John Paul II encourages us “Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity.”

Today, let’s remind one another that the strength of our feminine genius gives us the privilege of setting higher standards.

I’m right here, cause I need
A little love, a little sympathy
Yeah you show me good loving
Make it alright
Need a little sweetness in my life

-Sugar, Maroon 5

Did you hear that? Adam Levine needs a little feminine genius in his life, and you know he’s not the only one.

About Danielle Bean

Danielle Bean

Danielle Bean, mother of eight, is editor-in-chief of Catholic Digest and Faith & Family. She is also author of My Cup of Tea: Musings of a Catholic Mom, Mom to Mom, Day to Day: Advice and Support for Catholic Living and (with Elizabeth Foss) Small Steps for Catholic Moms: Think. Pray. Act. Every Day

  • Lisa Schmidt

    I’m a huge fan of The Voice, and it seems like Adam is a little “off” this season. Indeed, maybe all it takes is a little feminine genius to get him out of whatever is going on. :)

  • Maurisa Mayerle

    Love that song. Love it even more after reading your take on it!