“This wasn’t happening two generations ago”

Posted: May 9, 2010 by datechguy in internet/free speech
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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.

Comments
  1. Well, of course Raquel Welch is echoing me. Chicks dig a guy in a fedora, as you know.

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  3. Jymn says:

    Just another example of an older person bemoaning the ‘sins’ of younger people. It’s been going on since the world began. As Henry Miller once said, to paraphrase for conservative sensibilities, ‘there was a lot more sex going on in the 20’s than now’. I believe him. AIDS did a number on sexuality and freedom for decades. If anything, kids – outside of Welch’s filthy rich and privileged neighbourhood – are more inhibited now. My neices and nephews – all in their teens – are innocent and genuine and know the consequences of their actions. I use their example rather than the one presented by bitter older women or prudish, jealous bloggers. And oh yeah, viva Betty White – a product of the 30’s.

  4. Jill says:

    You are so right. And now, among so many young people, sex is just another bodily function. Ugh.

    Thanks for the link and please wish Mrs. Da Tech a lovely Mother’s Day.

  5. Jymn,

    If teens are more inhibited now, it’s because they are generation #3, not generation #2. (I’m generation #2 and am not-infrequently mistaken for the mother of my siblings, who are of the ages you mention.)

    Now, as much as I joke around about being old, I’m not a “bitter, older wom[an],” either. I see what is going on around me and understand that it is a product of the selfish attitude that was promulgated by my parent’s generation. The women of that era got theirs – their husbands, their happiness – and left us to rot with a generation full of men who think that sex without love is a human right and a good thing, that committing to a woman is a bad thing, and that an abortion is the solution to any possible problem that may arise from all of this. It’s dehumanising in the extreme, and the reason that the generation below me (or a half-step below me) is rejecting this wholesale is because my generation is either up in arms, riddled with STDs and children born out of wedlock, or both.