Archive for May 9, 2010

Pundit & Pundette highlighted did a column by Sally Jenkins bemoaning the violence of athletes toward woman. After quoting the column there was a particular line that that struck me.

This wasn’t happening two generations ago.

Longtime readers know that the Two Generation theory has long been a pet peeve of mine

When a seminal cultural change takes place it takes two generations for that change to have it’s effect. One generation for the Children to be born who didn’t have that cultural norm and a second for them to be in a position to be teachers who didn’t have that cultural norm.

Our culture made a choice to celebrate “risk free” sex. That same risk free sex that planned parenthood is getting ready to promote in Fitchburg. Young men know that they don’t have to worry about getting married if a girl turns up pregnant. So they not only expect sex, if they are popular they demand it, after all there is no risk.

How bad has it gotten? So bad that sex symbol Raquel Welch is bemoaning how society has changed:

One significant, and enduring, effect of The Pill on female sexual attitudes during the 60’s, was: “Now we can have sex anytime we want, without the consequences. Hallelujah, let’s party!”

It remains this way. These days, nobody seems able to “keep it in their pants” or honor a commitment! Raising the question: Is marriage still a viable option? I’m ashamed to admit that I myself have been married four times, and yet I still feel that it is the cornerstone of civilization, an essential institution that stabilizes society, provides a sanctuary for children and saves us from anarchy. emphasis mine

In stark contrast, a lack of sexual inhibitions, or as some call it, “sexual freedom,” has taken the caution and discernment out of choosing a sexual partner, which used to be the equivalent of choosing a life partner. Without a commitment, the trust and loyalty between couples of childbearing age is missing, and obviously leads to incidents of infidelity. No one seems immune.

Raquel Welch echoing Robert Stacy McCain?

This is the price of the sixties that so many aging baby boomers look back at so fondly. This is the world they have bequeathed to their grandchildren.

Update: Jeffrey Tooben (via Glenn) proves Welch and McCain right and yes I know I spelled her name wrong for some reason when looking at Raquel Welch I never found my eyes focused on her spelling.