A couple of weeks ago, I did a very short post bringing to your attention some peculiarities of sexuality when it comes to the far Left. Thinking about that — and thinking about the wonderful comments you all left — led me to create a much longer post about Sex and the State. American Thinker published that post today. I have a few more things I want to add to it, things that came to my mind thanks to a vigorous and delightful conversation I had with Don Quixote.
DQ agreed with me about Sex, the State and Islam — namely, that Islam uses sex as a means of controlling its citizens (which is why adultery is a capital crime). He agreed with me about the Leftist obsessions with sex, with breaking down traditional boundaries, and with interfering with the family.
Where he and I parted ways was with my belief that the Left, by approaching sex as it does, is trying to break down individual will. His point of view is that it’s conservatives, who believe that sex should be done certain ways, who interfere more with individuality than do the Leftists. The latter, by believing sex should be boundary free seem to give more, not less, control to individuals. He has a point . . . except:
What I was trying to say in the article (and articulated much less well in conversation with DQ) is that the Leftist approach to sex implies that a person has no ownership over his body. The early German Leftist experiments had sex become a public spectacle, a notion they actively pushed onto the children in their care. Sex and the public were one.
This same notion of lack of control over ones own body is also inherent in pedophilia and pederasty. Faced with a dominant adult figure, the child is forced into “sharing” his body, whether or not that “sharing” is consistent with his individual desires.
This whole hypersexualization — this “anything goes” approach — has led to the hook-up culture that dominates American high schools and universities. Sex is unrelated to emotional relationships. It’s just something you do.
What we know from an increasing number of studies on the subject is that this culture is very damaging to girls’ self-esteem. (See this study, for example.) They give their bodies away, not out of empowerment, but because they feel they have no control over this most personal of commodities. A girl who feels worthless, and who feels that her body is an object as to which she has no say is, to my mind, a malleable creature who will much more readily yield herself to the State. After all, by the time she’s 20 or so, there’s a good likelihood that she will have already yielded herself to a room full of strangers.
UPDATE: Here’s an apropos quotation:
“It is the duty of parents to maintain their children decently, and according to their circumstances; to protect them according to the dictates of prudence; and to educate them according to the suggestions of a judicious and zealous regard for their usefulness, their respectability and happiness.”
–James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1791
UPDATE II: Melissa Clouthier took my idea and ran with it. I love what she has to say. The only point where I part ways with her is her belief that second and third graders do not yet know about homosexuality, so that teaching true tolerance (as opposed to advocacy) is premature at that age. The sad fact is that, thanks to Hollywood, the kids do know about those things. TV shows (think: award shows), movies and especially music inundate these little people with sex. Although I would never have played it in my home, my third grader came home from school singing “I kissed a girl and I liked it,” a song he learned from his classmates. Hollywood, of course, is a liberal place….