Monday, February 10, 2003

Ideas tend to work themselves out...

On this past Friday's episode of Law & Order: Special Victims' Unit, the show closed with a father who had sold pornographic pictures of his prepubescent daughter since she was an infant defending himself and those like him. He claimed that just as society had once condemned inter-racial marriages and homosexuality before "coming around," so too would society eventually come to accept pedophilia.

Scary stuff, indeed. But there is something of a point hidden in there: the consequences of the sexual revolution -- which tore sexual intimacy away from childbearing and the family -- are slowly working themselves out. While I certainly wouldn't want to be misunderstood to mean that accepting homosexuality necessitates an acceptance of pedophilia, both exemplify a tragic misunderstanding of human sexuality which has become rampant over the past forty years or so.

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