Many Christians are very critical of contemporary sexual culture, and rightly so. But what is the worldview behind this culture of so-called sexual liberation? Perhaps, by directly attacking modern ideas about sexuality, Christians are like people trying to scoop water out of their hallway with a teaspoon when it would be much smarter to turn off the flooding bathtub.
Sexual Consumerism. I am sure you recognize that sexual themes and products are very big business; therefore, they are prevalent in magazine and newspaper advertising, television advertising and programming, movies, videotapes, DVDs, literature, popular music, and online materials. You have heard the old saw, "sex sells" many times.
Showtime's new Masters of Sex presents the science of sex as graphic and physical. However, the modern science of sex is much subtler. And this is important.
Now I see a conspiracy of consumerisation where others might see Free Masons. I Googled the headline on my smart phone to get the facts, which proves two things. First, Google like Hoover has become a verb and therefore my commodification of everything theory holds true. Luckily the search was specific enough that nothing too embarrassing emerged.
The frequency of sex outside of marriage, serial monogamy, widespread and increasingly hard core pornography, and high-divorce rates are all evidence of a culture that lacks, indeed mocks, almost all moral constraints on sexual expression. As Rob Bell rightly says:. Our consumeristic and hypersexualized cultures are not kissing cousins but incestuous lovers.
Best known for nude pictorials, Playboy created an idealization of straight masculinity, through consumerism, that hoped to change American views on feminism, monogamy and romance. The forerunner to Playboy was Esquire. Launched inEsquire made stylish consumption its forte.
Internationally recognized scholar and activist, Jean KilbourneEd. This puts girls and boys at risk of mental health problems and creates a climate in which they are more likely to be victimized. Girls are encouraged to objectify themselves and to obsess about their sex appeal and appearance at absurdly young ages, while boys get the message that they should seek sex but avoid intimacy.
Crime, Justice and Social Democracy pp Cite as. The last two decades has witnessed significant changes to the governance of youth prostitution. Most western democratic countries now distinguish adults from young people in prostitution and frame government interventions with young people in terms of the provision of justice for child victims of sexual exploitation. The first European country to make such a move was Sweden when, inthe purchase of sex was completely criminalised.
Club drug use among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men is increasingly normalised within sexual contexts and is associated with increased sexual risk behaviours. The term Chemsex is used to describe sexualised drug use lasting several hours or days with multiple sexual partners. A small pilot study, underpinned by interpretative phenomenological analysis IPAwas conducted in Dublin, Ireland.
The cultural evolution of gender expression has left Christians at a challenging intersection. How do we respond? I have spent the last few years studying at a state university, one that runs the third oldest LGBT Center in the nation. It turned some heads and produced an interesting conversation; one that I have been thinking on for a bit now.