Newseek has posted an article about the insidious and successful infiltration of pornography into what passes for the culture of our country. It focuses on the hypersexualization of our children by those who would exploit them for profit. Any parent who watches television shows and advertisements aimed at children, looks at the toys and music targeting young people, or simply remains conscious for more than three hours a day can attest to this.
The social and political morass in which we find ourselves has its roots in the enshrinement of the great lie sold to us about human sexuality. But, let me stay on topic. As I said, the Newsweek article identifies the problem very well, but it lets several people and institutions off the hook, and fails to give the solution.
The erroneous concept of free speech has allowed libertines to unjustly claim the protection of the First Amendment. This is a clear misunderstanding, as three seconds of consideration would show. Did the founders really sign the Declaration of Independence and enact the Bill of Rights--did Washington suffer through Valley Forge-- to allow pornographers to depict and sell the acts contrary to Divine and natural law that I will not describe here? Is Larry Flynt really the heir of Patrick Henry?
Why is it constitutional to limit political free speech through the campaign finance laws while at the same time pornography can be plied everywhere?
In a just society, those in charge of the common good would not allow the purveyors of immorality to have free reign to corrupt children. But we are far, far down that path. In our generation, parents are really the only possibly effective bulwark against the wave of sexual immorality that threatens our children. Yet too many of us are asleep at the switch. The Newsweek article points out how pervasive the "pornified" culture has become, yet we are not always as vigilant as we need to be to ensure proper formation for our children.
Of course, ultimately, the mainstream media cannot begin to come up with a solution to the problem. Newsweek doesn't even try. No one can authentically understand the gifts given by the Creator unless he understands that he is a creature. We do not define our own reality. God has made us in a certain way, and we can cooperate with His plan or reject it. We did not design the universe; we did not design our bodies; we did not institute the Sacrament of Marriage with its primary and secondary ends.
The Church is the authentic interpreter of the Divine and natural law. We ignore her to our peril. The answer to the problem of pornography lies in the acceptance God's plan for marriage. A husband who loves his wife as Christ loves the Church and a wife who submits to her husband as the Church does to Christ will naturally become effective and loving parents. This family will model the Holy Trinity.
To quote the famous saying of St. Augustine, "Lord, our hearts are restless until they rest in You."
From the article:
The idea for a book about porn culture came to Kevin Scott the day his daughter decided she absolutely had to have a Bratz-doll pony. For months, the 5-year-old had begged him for a Bratz doll—clad in spike heels, fishnets and miniskirt, enormous puppy-dog eyes protruding from her oversized head. Her sexy look seemed a little too sexy for a preschooler, so he and his wife bought her a different doll, which she was happy with. Except that a few months later, Bratz came out with Bratz Babyz. "If Bratz had looked like Barbie hookers, these looked like baby hookers," Scott says. Again, he convinced his daughter that My Little Pony was just as cool—and for a moment, the conversation ended. Until, of course, the Bratz came out with Bratz Ponyz. And then, says Scott, an English professor at a small college in Georgia, "I realized porn culture and I were in a death match for my daughter's soul."
It's too early to know exactly how kids who grow up in this hypersexualized environment will be affected in the long term. But Scott and his coauthor say it's not too soon—or too prudish—to sound the alarm, and to look critically at the sexualized culture we're exposed to every day. The authors don't suggest banishing porn to back alleys, however. Both grew up when people were crying out for sexual liberation. And, they contend, porn certainly played a role in achieving it. But somehow between then and now, porn themes have gone from adult entertainment to prime time, seeping into nearly every aspect of popular culture. Sarracino and Scott define "porning" as the way advertising and society in general have borrowed from the ideas and characteristics central to most American pornography: sex as commodity, sexuality as overt, narrow views of women and male-female relationships, bad girls and dirty boys, domination and submission.