Elizabeth Wood writes a thoughtful blog about open discussion of sexuality in Sex in the Public Square. If you have a few spare minutes, do take a look at what she has to say.
She has written a recent article where she discusses the possible restrictions of viewing, discussing, or even blogging about sexually related topics in public. In this case, her concern is with the restrictions on sexual content possibly placed by a variety of ISP’s, often our on-ramp to the world of the ‘Net. As Elizabeth continues, she points out how the the media panders to violence and the bloody, while acting purportedly offended at items of even nominal sexual content.
“I am convinced that, sexually speaking, we are about as schizophrenic as we can be. Yesterday I talked with my sister in Atlanta who told me that when she got up in the morning morning and turned on the television the news was reporting the story of a veterinarian in Japan who had had his arm bitten off by a crocodile (the event happened on April 11th). This was on a mainstream media channel on a large screen television. They showed the crocodile with the man’s arm in its mouth. Before breakfast. This is not going to be disturbing to children? The same channel also showed graphic coverage of the man who jumped from the Empire State Building yesterday. Not disturbing for children? But let a glimpse of Janet Jackson’s nipple escape onto the airwaves again — a nipple being something that lots of children are intimately familiar with and probably have happy memories of — and no doubt we will have another cultural panic about how disturbing that must be for kids. Severed limbs, okay. Healthy bodies, not so much.”
The article hit a hot button with me! Our media blathers on and on about whether Don Imus made racist comments, who the father of Anna Nicole Whatever’s child might be, or whether OJ really did it. And we all stand aghast when Janet Jackson’s breast appears accidentally at halftime of a Super Bowl due to a “costume malfunction” whatever the hell that is.
But do we stand so aghast when over 3,000 of our own young men and women won’t be coming home from Iraq? Or they come home with wounds to both body, mind, and spirit.
We simply have it backward. Maybe we should quit enjoying violence while abhorring sex and try it the other way around.
Make Love. Not War.