I’ve lived and traveled in societies ranging from the most sexually liberated to the least. Uniformly across the world, women are safer in the former. In the most sexually liberated countries (Australia, Holland) young women are treated to the least harassment and sexual aggression; in semi-sexually liberated places (Mexico, Southern Italy) they get a moderate amount and in the least sexually liberated countries (Pakistan, Yemen) they receive the most. Ask any woman who has traveled the world: It is in the most deeply conservative and religious societies that she can expect to have to regularly fend off propositioning, groping and rape.
I chalk this up to the degree to which young men are sexually repressed. In societies where young adults can explore and express their sexuality, it turns out that young men are far more pleasant creatures. They are more likely to treat young women as full-fledged human beings rather than objects of obsessive sexual interest. I would choose to live, and raise a daughter in, a sexually liberated society over a sexually repressed one any day.
~Elisabeth Eaves, In Defense of Promiscuity, Forbes.com, September 26, 2008
I agree. Sexual repression is the primary cause of sexual perversions and misconduct. Here in the United States the Federal Communications Commission fined CBS $550,000 after Janet Jackson’s breast was exposed at the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show for nine-sixteenths of a second. Over a half a million people filed complaints! Refreshingly, a higher court overturned the ruling.
When I was in France I had the opportunity to spend time at a gorgeous beach along the Mediterranean Sea. Most of the women were bare breasted. People paid little attention. It simply wasn’t a big deal. There was no gawking or whistling or groping. It was wonderfully and beautifully normal. The way it should be.
According to a 1991 comparison of the United States and Northern Europe, Japan and Canada, sixty-five percent of American teenagers are sexually active compared to just thirty-four percent of French teenagers. According to a 1998 study there are 34 rapes per 100,000 people in the United States compared to just 13 in France.
Where natural human sexuality is repressed sexual perversions and misconduct is high. The numbers speak for themselves.
In 1970 the Report of the Commission on Obscenity and Pornography concluded that laws restricting access to pornography by adults be repealed. Richard Nixon’s statement in response to the Commission’s Report is as humorous as it is sad.
Pornography can corrupt a society and a civilization. The people’s elected representatives have the right and obligation to prevent that corruption.
The warped and brutal portrayal of sex in books, plays, magazines, and movies, if not halted and reversed, could poison the wellsprings of American and Western culture and civilization.
The pollution of our culture, the pollution of our civilization with smut and filth is as serious a situation for the American people as the pollution of our once-pure air and water.
Oh ye of little minds. Should we be surprised that popular pastors engage in homosexual activities or that priests molest young boys? Isn’t it, like, inevitable? Perhaps we should seek the adoption of more normal and natural sexual attitudes. Sex is as natural as life itself. And it should be celebrated.