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Sex Rediscovered

William Murchison

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William Murchison writes about the emotional and spiritual fallout of the sixties' "sexual revolution." It's a bleak diagnosis he writes. We went from the promise of liberty to a profound sadness, low commitment sex, cohabitation instead of marriage, and the sexualization of children where the chances of sexual violation have increased.

It was not precisely out of the blue that people decided there was nothing wrong with--as we say in these allegedly enlightened times--terminating a pregnancy.

It took the world by surprise; it caught civilization off guard. Only in a culture where the creation of life had taken an official backseat to the cultivation of pleasure could the Roe vs. Wade regime be enforced: sex as a right, and the consequences of sex rendered optional at best.

Americans are lonelier as well as sadder: men wary of women and women of men. "Sex without feelings" was the original aim, and it seemed so comfort-making, so easy and agreeable. No exposure of vulnerabilities, no hurts; no hurts, no anger, no fights, no withdrawals, no ruptures. There was just this one little-bitty problem: Human existence is not set up in this comfort-making, easy, and altogether agreeable way. Emotions drive human relationships: emotions that humans never can bury deep enough to prevent their rising from the coffin, like Christopher Lee in a Dracula movie, and biting those who "encounter each other, expecting to give and to get so little beyond the sexual thrill."

So, too, in our day and age, are children "sexualized earlier and earlier, a consequence also of the advertising and entertainment fantasy world that surrounds them and to whose allurements their still-fragile egos are particularly susceptible." The loss of stigma for sexual misbehavior "has left individuals much more exposed to violation." Of commitments and enduring love we see less and less.

For the complete article go to the Human Life Review website.



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