I hope you don’t mind me taking an uncharacteristic journey into self-indulgence for a moment. This will be short, I promise. The title of the article is probably far more lofty than it deserves. Earlier this evening on Facebook, I spotted the following image:
This rustled my jimmies enough to share the image on my page with a bit of a rant. I know many of you will disagree with what I said, and that’s ok! No, really! It’s ok!
Here’s the original text of my rant. I’d love to hear your comments, whether they agree or disagree. I just think we as a society should at least discuss it, rather than take certain things as objective truth because we were raised a certain way.
I don’t write explicit sex scenes because I’d be too self-conscious while doing it, and therefore I wouldn’t really be able to pull it off.
But that’s the only reason. Why? Because from where I sit, there’s nothing immoral about sex. There‘s nothing immoral about nudity. There’s nothing immoral about the human form. I know…I happen to have a human form (granted, my wife is probably the only person who’d want to see it exposed, though.)
George makes a great point here. Why are we as a society so easy to accept the most graphic of violence, yet so appalled by human sexuality on ANY level?
Maybe because we’re a nation of puritanical hypocrites? Just guessing.
As we speak, groups are being organized to boycott the 50 Shades of Gray movie. When’s the last time you saw a boycott of the latest summer action blockbuster? When’s the last time you saw a boycott of a gory Halloween horror movie?
Kill as many people as you can on prime time TV. Have a good revenge plot? We’ll cheer you on! Hell, while you’re at it, cut out their body parts and fry them up with a nice Chianti. If you make the anti-hero sympathetic enough, we’ll go along for the ride as he slaughters his way through one victim after the next.
But show a nipple? How DARE you expose our children to that kind of immorality? Think of the children!
America…get your act together.
Having grown up in a somewhat repressive environment, I can tell you from experience that treating human sexuality with suspicion (if not open contempt) around children leads to an unhappy adult life in which a therapist’s kids could be put through college on the co-pays alone.
No, I don’t intend to start writing Erotica. I’d never be able to pull it off. Nor am I a consumer. But I support any writer or reader who wishes to do so. And I will defend the creation and consumption of that art with my dying breath, no matter how many celibate men in fancy robes try to “correct” me.
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