Sexual Ethics (Part 1)
For this new series, we’re going to take a look at a Christian view of sex and sexuality. Now, this isn’t exactly easy. Why? Because our culture expresses what seems, at first glance, like two opposite responses to human sexuality.
First, our culture (i.e. Western culture) overvalues sex and sexuality. We see this everywhere. Most of have heard the phrase, “sex sells.” Advertisers know this well, and take full advantage of this. Everything from watches to car insurance is gilded with sexuality. The gospel of free love is nearly all around us, from billboards to TV, magazines and the Internet. Clearly, we as a culture think that sexuality is powerful, dynamic, and indeed explosive. The “sex industry” has made big bucks from our obsession with sex. Here’s a few interesting facts:
Every second – $3,075.64 is being spent on pornography
Every second – 28,258 Internet users are viewing pornography
Every 39 minutes: a new pornographic video is being created in the United States
And least we think that this is merely a man’s issue:
30% of Internet pornography viewers (that’s 1 out of every 3) are women.
In fact, “40 percent of teenagers have gotten ideas for how to talk to their boyfriends and girlfriends about sexual issues from entertainment media.” But what is the media telling these teenagers? What portraits of sex and sexuality are being held up as the norm? Well, here’s the answer:
The Center for Media and Public Affairs’ new study found that sexual content is featured once every four minutes on network TV, with 98% of all sexual content having no subsequent physical consequences, 85% of sexual behavior having no lasting emotional impact, and that nearly 75% of the participants in sexual activity were unmarried.
Clearly, western culture, and the U.S. culture in particular, has functionally deified sex.