All over the Western world sexual crimes are sky-rocketing, and all over the Western world we live in a sex-soaked society. Is there a connection? Anyone but a libertarian ideologue would of course know there is. You simply cannot pump sex into society at every level on a non-stop basis, and then not get people being heavily influenced by this tsunami of sleaze.
Every day we see more examples of each. The tidal wave of sexual imagery is ubiquitous, and it is impossible to go through life in the West today without being bombarded by this stuff on a daily basis. Holing up in a cave somewhere may be the only way to escape the impact of this toxic culture.
The youngest of children cannot avoid exposure to pornographic and sexually explicit and suggestive images and content. They would have seen more such stuff in their first 18 years than most people in the past would have seen in a lifetime.
And just to make sure that they are well and truly stewed in this material, our colleges are doing a great job in ensuring that any new student will be overwhelmed with it as well. Thus almost all universities today will have some sort of sex week as part of their school calendar. They will give out sex show bags complete with condoms at orientation week, and will cram this stuff down the students’ throats for the rest of the academic year.
For example, at Monash Uni in Melbourne where I used to work they always have a “Sex it up week”. The entire week is basically one long excuse for sexual debauchery and depravity. Thus they expose the students to prostitutes, strippers, pole dancers, the porn industry, and so on – and you and I of course subsidise all this with our tax dollars.
Fortunately not everyone is happy with this. One major uni in the US has finally put a stop to it. Yale University has actually pulled their sex week. And this was a revolt led by the students. As one account puts it, “Earlier this year, the group Undergraduates for a Better Yale College launched a student campaign against Sex Week.” They issued this statement:
“Tell Yale that a pornographic culture does not create respect but degrades, does not build up relationships but undermines them, promotes not consent but the ugliest form of pressure, does not stop sexual harassment and the objectification of one another’s bodies but makes us numb, blind, and indifferent to how we actually look at and treat others. Tell Yale that you want a campus marked by respect and love, full of flourishing friendships based on the acknowledgment of each person’s integral value, relationships based on true love between partners – not transient lust – and a sense of familial trust between all students. Tell Yale to say ‘No’ to Sex Week and all it stands for, because Yale can do so much better.”
That is good news indeed, but for every such story, there would be a hundred bad news stories. Popular culture is relentless in its push of pornographic and sleazy content. Just this week the popular prime time show Glee pushed the boundaries even further by showing two teenage couples (one straight and one homosexual) losing their virginity on the show.
As one story explains, “Titled ‘The First Time,’ the episode depicted two couples – a young man and woman, Finn and Rachel, and two young men, Kurt and Blaine – each losing their virginity. The development occurs after a fellow student and school play director tells Blaine and Rachel, who are practicing their roles as Tony and Maria for a production of West Side Story, that they won’t be believable as lovers onstage until they have sex.”
Brent Bozell rightly notes, “In Hollywood, the only truly serious sexual disease is virginity. It’s a dire and embarrassing condition, desperately in need of elimination. Teenagers that still have ‘it’ are woefully immature. They might as well consider themselves to be walking the school hallways in diapers.”
Indeed, what sort of message is this lousy show sending our young people? They are doing their best to make chaste young people feel like freaks, and are simply adding to the moral meltdown of society. And as if on cue, while the show was airing on Australian prime time television, a Sydney escort agency was offering the virginity of a teenage girl for $15,000. One news report puts it this way:
“Brothel Busters has found the escort agency wants $2000 to be paid as a deposit, with the balance to be paid on receipt of services from the girl, who is claimed to be at Sydney University. Contacted by the Daily Telegraph yesterday, a manager at MyOutCall identifying himself as ‘Duncan’ said it was a ‘genuine offer. This is pretty common in Sydney,’ he claimed, adding he had ‘two clients who are very interested’.
“The revelation that a Sydney escort agency is offering for sale a virgin should provide a reality check on the state of morality in our society. But the revelations have horrified Australian Family Association spokesman and research head Tim Cannon, who said it raised the ugly spectre of slavery. ‘It is so clearly taking us back to the enslavement of people,’ he said. ‘The damage it does to society and human dignity can’t be overstated’.”
Or as Jim Wallace of the Australian Christian Lobby stated, “Whatever the details of this case in regard to the willingness of the girl, it is clearly the exploitation of someone in need, probably feeling isolated, and clearly mainly for the profit of the agency which it has been said might make up to sixty percent of the $15,000 that will be traded in the deal.
“Pagan societies sacrificed virgins and publicly sold them in brothels, but the West had embraced a Christian morality that rejected this. We preserved this morality by leadership from people who not only shared these values to the extent any of us is successful in living them, but saw it as a responsibility of leadership to model and uphold them publicly and in public policy.
“Instead today we have a federal government which has negotiated its way into office by denying its most publicly made promise and an opposition that is happy to curry the favour of the wealthy gambling industry, rather than demand on principle it shouldn’t be making five billion dollars a year from problem gamblers. Political advantage in both cases, the obsession with power, has taken the place of virtue. It is little wonder that we now have a virgin being publicly raffled.”
As long as this pornification of society remains unchecked, we will simply witness more and more such outrages. It really is time to cry ‘Enough is Enough’.