From the Editor—Friday Reflections

Empowering Sex

On the Lunacy of the Old "Sexual Revolution"

April 27, 2018

Perhaps it's time for a "back to sex" movement? Forget genders—just two sexes. The sexual revolution took place about the same time as America's reach for the moon. One was lunar while other was lunacy. One was "one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind," while the sexual revolution was an exciting bold new step for many men and women, but a giant fall for our society.

Now we have transgenderism and surgical shapeshifting visited upon unwanted young body parts. In the middle of this whirlwind, we see the face of sexual predation in bolder and bolder relief. It gets commercial attention. Like this new product, ROAR for Good, Personal Safety Device.

This personal alarm for women—or anyone who wants some extra piece of mind—can alert friends and loved ones of your location.

Athena is a discreet wearable that sends GPS notifications to emergency contacts via Bluetooth. Attach it to your clothes, bag, or backpack. Or even wear it as a pendant.

Most would like a daughter, if backpacking somewhere, to have such a device. But why is it "for women" first, and only as an inclusive afterthought mentions "or anyone who..." Because of the difference between men and women. Women, not men, feel susceptible to physical and sexual attack.

But the myriad differences between men and women were supposed to be ignored, or seen as primarily socially constructed. Equality was sameness, interchangeability. It now is at the point where children may change their own "genders" and a mom and a dad are no longer the ideal for a child to have, but simply parents. Interchangeable? My wife and I were NOT interchangeable when our children were babies. They all knew the difference. You may as well say the moon and the earth are equal places to live.

There are two and only two sexes. They are and never were interchangeable when it comes to building a society. Fifty years later we still hear about the need for the empowerment of women (mentioned in the ROAR ad video).

Women had, and still have power. Many just chose not to use it. One form of it is called marriage. And not just the form of "marriage," but its power to create something new, first a one-flesh union of two persons, then a child, a family.

Women have the power to control the sexual congress of the sexes by refusing sexual intercourse outside of marriage. A man must approach, court, speak with, spend time with a woman and her family, wait, control himself, before they wed—many small steps before they leap into bed. That's power; give that up and you have what you see today, a stumbling mess of predation, hooking up, dating, and somewhere in all that perhaps some arrangement called marriage, but rarely for life.

When sex outside of marriage and child-bearing outside of marriage became acceptable, children out of wedlock were paid for with money from the state. It was intended as welfare, charity. This is nothing new.

In 1911, Lloyd George's Insurance Act was presented at a meeting in rural Scotland, defended by a speaker.

A long-legged shepherd rose to question him, and the following dialogue ensued:

"Ye believe in the Bible, sir?"
"With all my heart."
"And ye consider that this insurance Act is in keepin' with the Bible?"
"I do."
"Is it not true that under the Act there's a maternity benefit, and that a woman gets the benefit whether she's married or no?"
"That's right."
"D'ye approve of that?"
"With all my heart."
"Well, sir, how d'ye expain this? The Bible says the wages of sin is death and the Act says thirty shillin's?"
(John Buchan, Memory Hold-the-Door, p. 148-9)

I'll rephrase the shepherd's remarks: "Is it not true that under the Sexual Revolution terms there's a free sex benefit, and a man gets them whether he's married or no?"

If it ever became the fashion of women again to refuse sexual intercourse outside of marriage, men would have to follow suit. (Yes, there will be exceptions, but they prove the rule.) Wishing that such morals could revive widely may be like taking a moonshot, but what if Christian women to a man held the line? Well, many do. Any they and their husbands raise children. And I can hear them all roar.

Yours for Christ, Creed & Culture,

James M. Kushiner
Executive Director, The Fellowship of St. James

—James M. Kushiner is Executive Editor of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, and Executive Director of The Fellowship of St. James.