July 07, 2007
Is America losing the war on sex?
This intriguing Pajamas Media analysis by Burt Prelutsky made me wonder:
The question some people would ask [about the affair between L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa and reporter Mirthala Salinas] is whether a politician's personal code of morality should matter to his constituents. Being a right-winger, I'm honest enough to admit that I am far more willing to give a conservative the benefit of the doubt. However, there are bigger questions to consider. For instance: What the heck are the French going to say?I feel much the same way. I often wonder why so many Americans worry about what people do with their genitalia -- particularly when it isn't being done to them.
Why, for example, is there such a fiercely determined movement out to show that homosexuality (affecting a minuscule percentage of the American population) is a dire threat to all of Western Civilization?
To be fair, Burt Prelutsky notes that this same worry is probably more frequently applied to heterosexuality:
...Playboy has been displaying even prettier girls in and out of bikinis for about 50 years. Still, every summer, as predictably as the swallows returning to Capistrano, you can count on pundits endlessly kicking the topic around in newspapers and on talk shows. What's more, if I could collect 25 cents for every Sunday sermon in which some minister pondered whether this marked the end of Western civilization, I could run out and buy a new car.He has a good point. (Playboy is, of course, a plot to turn regular guys into child molestors.)
In fairness, I think there really is a sort of war being waged against sex. (At least on sexual freedom.)
Not that Bill Clinton didn't have his sexual moments. But if the Republican Party is trying to position itself as the anti-sex party, and if the Democrats don't reciprocate by being the "Sex Party," (and there are clear signs they're too smart to do that) the Republicans will be portrayed as looking sillier than they already look.
While I mentioned the Playboy-makes-men-into-child-molesters crowd, and the Brokeback-Mountain-mean-death-of-Western-Civilization people, plenty of other examples could be found. Dinesh D'Souza thinks the issue is Larry Flynt, and the answer is a conservative alliance with "traditional" Muslims, while Ben Shapiro thinks the issue is the "hypersexualization" of society, and the answer is censorship. And of course, bioethicist Leon Kass has long been against licking ice cream cones. (Whatever would the 80 million French cats say about that?)
Where does this leave people who aren't sex-obsessed hedonists, but who also aren't sex-obsessed Puritans?
I just don't think it's fair that the we all have to be dragged into this war on sex kicking and screaming whether we like it or not, while all those French cats are licking and lapping!
posted by Eric on 07.07.07 at 02:49 PM
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