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Andrew Sullivan and Father Joe: The Demystification of Sex

Mark Gauvreau Judge

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The tragic thing is that the New York Times probably isn't even aware of it.  On Sunday, May 30, the Times ran two pieces in two different sections. The first one reported on the problem of teen-age promiscuity in America in dispiriting detail. The second piece, a celebration -- indeed, a sacramentalization -- of sex, was an example of how that very problem of promiscuity came to pass.

The first piece, "Whatever Happened to Romance?" appeared in the New York Times magazine. Journalist Benoit Denizet-Lewis spent a great deal of time with a group of American teenagers, and reports the news conservatives have been heralding for years: our children are out of control sexually. Monogamy is a joke: hook-ups, that is to say a sexual encounter without strings, are in -- as is "friendship with benefits," meaning a friend with whom you can have sex without commitment. Oral sex is common among kids as young as ten.

To anyone familiar with Bill Bennett, Chuck Colson, Richard John Neuhaus or the Christian, orthodox Jewish and Muslim faiths, none of this should come as a surprise. It should also come as no surprise to conservatives that one of the places that has gotten us to this point is the New York Times itself -- that is, if a book review that appeared in the same edition of the paper as the teen sex article is any indication. 

Read the entire article on the Breakpoint Online website.

Posted: 7/9/04



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