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Written by Basil on 08/21/2005 11:04 PM. Filed under:

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Midnight. Shelly is getting herself drunk so that she can bring herself to go home with the strange man seated next to her at the bar. One o’clock. Steven is busy downloading pornographic images of children from Internet bulletin boards. Two o’clock. Marjorie, who used to spend every Friday night in bed with a different man, has been binging and purging since eleven. Three o’clock. Pablo stares through the darkness at the ceiling, wondering how to convince his girlfriend to have an abortion. Four o’clock. After partying all night, Jesse takes another man home, not mentioning that he tests positive for an incurable STD. Five o’clock. Lisa is in the bathroom, cutting herself delicately with a razor. This isn’t what my generation expected when it invented the sexual revolution.

An excellent article which ends with this great closer:

These principles are the real reason for the commands and prohibitions contained in traditional sexual morality. Honor your parents. Care for your children. Save sex for marriage. Make marriage fruitful. Be faithful to your spouse.

Let the sexual revolution bury the sexual revolution. Having finished revolving, we arrive back where we started. What your mother—no, what your grandmother—no, what your great-grandmother told you was right all along. These are the natural laws of sex.

H/T: Reader Andrew, who just celebrated two years of marriage.

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6 Responses to “Designed for Sex”

  1. Johanna Says:

    Good article. Thanks for the link.

  2. James Says:

    Well, close but no cigar. I think the sexual revolution comes out of what our grandmothers told us about sex, which is that it is one of the two unforgiveable sins (the other is booze). No, it’s what the Orthodox Church says about sex that will help us, not our western Protestant heritage. They’re the ones that shamed us into this mess in the first place.

  3. Basil Says:

    James, what are you talking about?

  4. Bryan_Peter Says:

    Um, wow, James…anyway, I thought there were some great moments captured in that article; a real collage of the reality of sexual promiscuity. Good stuff.

  5. James Says:

    I’m sorry, I’ll get on the band wagon. “Sex is evil, it’s a bad thing married people are licensed to do by the state and the marital service.”


  6. Mr. Hibbity Gibbity Says:


    Who’s saying that “Sex is evil”?

    Anyone here? The article? Or just you?

    The article is simply reaffirming some of the underlying themes of the Bible – mainly, that what God created is good, but that man, in his corrupted nature has the ability to taint it.

    I mean, vitamin C is good, but when taken inappropriately or in excess of the recommended dosage, then there can be negative side effects.

    The article isn’t saying that married couples shouldn’t have sex, it’s simply saying that in our “sex starved” world/culture, we, as Christians (though I may be reading the “Christian” theme into it) shouldn’t allow ourselves to be caught up in the blind attitudes regarding sex. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t enjoy it, but in our relationship (both with God and with our signifcant other) we need, on some level of consciousness, to understand and come to terms with the gravity of sexual intimacy.

    That’s all the article is saying. Why are you reading more into it than is there?