The Changing Effects of Sexual Freedom

by NeW Staff on October 9, 2008 · 0 comments

We can’t turn on the TV, look through a magazine rack, or listen to the radio without hearing or seeing some sex mentioned in a casual way. The sexual revolution that took place in the 1960s and 1970s has clearly left its mark on American culture. This is especially apparent in how open and free teachers have now become in teaching children about sex at younger ages. On the surface, Americans seem comfortable with the sexualizing of society and the freedom to act and do what ever one pleases, but looking beyond this, we have to ask ourselves if this mentality is in fact true.

Wendy Shalit, the author of A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue and The Good Girl Revolution: Young Rebels With Self-Esteem and High Standards, recently participated in a New York Times column, “How to Think About Sex? A Freakonomics Quorum.”  Shalit articulates the deep implications of sex and discusses the effects that we now see as a result of sexual liberation. It is a stark contrast to what freedom and liberation should produce. She writes,

“Our new repression is emotional repression — the repression of romantic hope — and its burden rivals the old repression. At least with the old parietal rules, those who wanted to have sex could sneak into the dorms; but today a girl who objects to the new doctrine of ‘flaunt your body’ and ‘be jaded about sex’ is ridiculed and labeled a prude.”


Shalit ends by giving a vision for what she thinks the response to this trend:

“I predict that the young girls who were raised to feel they had to be ‘sexy’ and ‘hot’ at age four are going to be giving their daughters very different advice.”

And that’s exactly what NeW aims to do: to counter the current culture by challenging the common perceptions of sex.

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