Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sexual Revolution: Defend It, If You Can

This is a brilliant article, which argues from good old-fashioned ethics that the sexual revolution has been and continues to be a Bad Thing. Here's his conclusion - I'd love to see an attempt at a response from someone who disagrees...

In other words, let the sexual revolution be justified on grounds of the common good. I believe it fails that test miserably, with evidence that is weighty, obvious, manifold, logically and anthropologically deducible, and clearly predictable by wisdom both pagan and Christian. Let them make their case, rather than asserting a principle that, in reality, would destroy the very idea of the common good. For if we cannot appeal to the common good in a matter so fundamental, I do not see how we can appeal to it in any other.

It's worth adding that I know we are now living after the sexual revolution, and there's no point trying to pretend otherwise.

1 comment:

MalthusianOptimist said...

As conservative writing goes, I'm afraid I think this article leaves a lot to be desired. The very title is a huge over-simplification - implicitly defining the 'sexual revolution' as a single over-arching 'thing' is dubious and unhelpful to say the least. Then to link this crude behemoth of an idea directly with all the all the ills of society further weakens the author's credibility.

It is an awfully hateful thing to compare the desire to play video games with sexual desire (which, I think all sides would agree, cannot rightly be split from emotional and spiritual desires). The author throws out so many other flippant and prejudiced remarks that you lose track.

What this article comes down to is the author finding a single over-simplistic scapegoat (which doesn't even really exist) on which to blame all the ills of society (many of which existed long before any 'revolution').

I am the first to lament the awful repercussions of decisions and choices based solely on valueless liberalism. But let us try to address the problem by carefully drawing connections between specific ideologies, assumptions and actions, and the specific, realistic and actual repercussions. 'Gay marriage = pregnant 10-year old crack addicts giving blow-jobs on the derelict streets of Detroit' really doesn't cut it.