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Since the s, we have witnessed an incredible liberalization of sexual mores. The ubiquitous use of sex in advertising, movies, television, and fashion—sex as entertainment, sex as economic incentive, sex as substitute for thought, for communication, for edification—has given a green light and public blessing to the unashamed use of sex as a crass commodity of self-gratification.
Sexual gratification is often valued more than physical and emotional well-being, and the pursuit of the former has generally led to the neglect of the latter. Such practices tend to insinuate themselves into our public consciousness with little or no effective opposition.
During this time, we in America have seen myriad examples of plays, films, and TV shows evincing overtly or covertly envy and admiration for men and women engaging in adultery or promiscuity. What lessons are learned from such shows? What do they teach us about self-respect, honoring commitments, and personal boundaries? The four sirens of Sex and the City may be sympathetic and amusing, but their affairs—however kooky or disillusioning—are romanticized and prized.
Sex is portrayed as a desirable but short-lived commodity typically spoiled by attempts to transform it into a meaningful relationship. It seems that sex uncoupled from relationships has become the norm for many, and several studies bear this out. Of course, it is true that many plays, movies, and TV shows often express a nostalgic regret for lost innocence and tarnished integrity. But what is the effect of this culture?
Many young adults do not seem to have developed the ability to psychologically and socially settle down. Although young adults are becoming sexually mature at earlier ages, people are marrying later. In many cases, they do not marry at all.
Family compositions have changed, and children are frequently born to parents at older ages than in generations. Divorce rates have skyrocketed, particularly for those who engage in premarital sex.
These facts provide evidence that the well-known sexual prohibitions of the Bible are not as irrelevant as many seem to think. In fact, a growing of young people—led by thoughtful college professors and mentors—have come to see the value of both sexual abstention prior to marriage and sexual fidelity during marriage.
Boston College professor Dr. Kerry Cronin has helped bring about this reawakening. Cronin found that many of her students were clueless about the actual process of dating. Stop it. The first date should be relatively short and inexpensive.
The key asment was to establish real communication between the two individuals and allow them time to get to know each other. Her program became so noteworthy that this past April a documentary film featuring Professor Cronin, The Dating Projectwas released.
True relationships take time and work, but they can be incredibly fulfilling. They enable us to grow our humanity in genuine self-giving love. So many young adults are lonely. We all want relationships, but the superficial masks we wear on our social media platforms do not present our true selves. Even though Dr. This intimacy crisis has effectively disconnected intimate sexual behavior from emotional connection. Although social trends may change, values—such as disciplining and channeling sexual impulses—are timeless and universal.
To encourage healthy, committed relationships, we must strive to create social conditions deed to strengthen and encourage robust families. This is an essential and basic principle of the Seven Laws of Noah, a common worldview underlying Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Through her asments, Professor Cronin is encouraging her students to follow the standards of sexual morality that form the basis of these three Abrahamic faiths. The body should be controlled with honor because it is worthy of honor.
Unmoored from a committed and loving marital relationship, the unchecked sex drive harms both the individual and the society in which he or she lives. The Noahide Code teaches us that both our bodies and our souls are entrusted to us by G-d and are Divine property. Despite the lack of cultural support for positive practices that help couples toward healthy marriage….
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