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Monday, November 17, 2014

Today's Most Insidious Post Award Goes To...

Hyperbole aside, the Puffington Host I mean the Huffington Post, has what just may be the most awful post I've read today. Ok, so it was written a few days ago, but then again I really don't frequent sites like Huffington Post if I can help it. I'm sure I missed a few more recent posts, and I'm sure I could find worse things written at, say, Jezebel or any number of blogs. But the post by Amanda Scherker about bad sex ed advice from the past is definitely insidious.

Let's looks at a few of the things that are "bad advice":
"1. Girls find making out boring, but they'll do it to please boys."

It's not such a stretch to see where that's going. Back then, it was "making out." Now the same argument is sometimes used in terms of sex, or for that matter sexting. Sure, there are many girls who are willing to give away the milk without charging for the cow, and quite a few who enjoy the experience without feeling any sens of shame or guilt or lowered self-esteem. Many more do not. This is one of those "read between the lines" bits meant to fool those girls who don't want to give away the farm (so to speak) into doing so anyway.

"2. Keep your mind virginal, or else... 'Not only is the mind to be kept pure, but the imagination must be carefully guarded. Turn away from obscene pictures as you would from the most loathsome contagion.' "

So keeping custody of the eyes is now bad advice? Telling young men (and increasingly, women) that pornography is not a good thing is now "bad advice?" Sure, most don't take the advice, but it's a bit ridiculous to treat the advice as "bad" or "hilarious"--it really is good advice, and those happy few who follow it will indeed be the happier for it. Or, if you'd rather, those many who ignore it will be the worse for doing so, and their relationships will be the shallower for doing so.

"6. Reading romance books is VERY dangerous for your private parts. 'It is not only that novel-reading engenders false and unreal ideas of life, but the descriptions of love-scenes, of thrilling, romantic episodes, find an echo in the girl's physical system and tend to create an abnormal excitement of her organs of sex ' "

Aside from that certain types of writing are meant to inspire lust, and thus are pornography in another form, it's not really bad advice if their are some women (or men) who get excited by the reading. It may be that not all do, but some do, and giving them fair warning is hardly "bad advice."

"8. Real boys wait."

Again, how is this bad advice? Sure, it is a bit odd to state that "When a boy waits for sex, he'll be 'ready with a big splendid manhood to offer'" since the two aren't really related. But waiting is bad advice now? Really? And reading further, we see the implication that fidelity is also hilariously bad advice. What?

"10. Don't jar pickles the wrong way, and don't have sex the wrong way (or something...) 'You wouldn’t take a diamond and platinum brooch to try to pry open a jar of pickles with it, would you? Using sex in the wrong way adds up to the same thing.' "

Apparently the bimbo writing this column for Huffington Post doesn't understand the concept of analogy. This is actually good advice (I'm sure there's more context to it), if advice it is, albeit wrapped in a bizarre analogy. Sex is not for utility, that is, sex and with it our own bodies is debased when used as just another means to the end of pleasure, or (worse perhaps) to take the other person for a "test drive" before deciding whether the relationship should get serious. To make a mockery of abstinence and of purity is anything but "hilarious."

Some days I can't even. This is one of those days. The real moral of this story is that anything resembling abstinence or outright purity is not only a morally neutral thing, but actually a bad thing. And that is why we must fight back in the culture wars. There will be no peace in them, since the other side will be driven inexorably forward until any hint of Christian morality is removed, firs from the public square and the from our private lives.

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