Sexual morality has declined in America today. The immoral life can beseen all around us.
We see it in drugs, alcohol, movies, magazines, gangs,teenage pregnancy, pre-marital sex, and society as a whole. A person can walkinto almost any convenience store and purchase a magazine depicting naked women.Videos and movies with graphic sex scenes can be rented or watched in anymovie theater.
They have become more common than ever before. Almost everymovie with an “R” rating will have at least one sex scene. Even Forrest Gump, ahighly acclaimed movie, had a sexual act and nudity involved. Also publictelevision has been known to show nudity and sex. Allusions are made to sexin every part of our life. Work, school, sports, and recreation are all forumsthrough which unhealthy sexual views are expressed.
One of the more predominant and obvious forums for the proliferation ofunhealthy sexual desires is pornography. Pornography is displaying the humanbody in a perverse, sexual way. It can be found in film, magazine, television,on CD-ROM, and even the internet, and can range from “soft-core”, depictingnatural poses and action, to “hard-core”, or depicting sex combined withviolence, that any reasonable, decent, well-adjusted human being wouldrecognize as horrible and disgusting.Much pornography is socially acceptable,with few people actively speaking out against it.
Pornography can be bought at many “adult” or “adult novelty” shops. Oneonly has to listen to any popular local radio station after 8 P.M. to hearstrings of advertisements for local pornographic outlets. Televisionadvertisements are shown also, but not as often as on the radio. Pornography isso socially acceptable in today’s society, that it is protected by the sameamendment to the constitution that allows Pro-Life groups to protest abortion,the first amendment to the constitution. For years, the first amendment hasbeen quoted to support pornography, as well as everything from freedom toprotest abortion, to freedom of holding Nazi views.
The first amendment wasdrafted, not to protect boring, popular, or inoffensive views, however, but toprotect the right of people to hold and express controversial ideas.There is a line, though. A television network cannot show images ofchildren having sex, but it can show a naked woman, if the perspective is suchthat certain parts of her body are not seen. In Germany, access is blocked tocertain “chat rooms” which contain pedophile pornography. In Denmark, thegovernment has dropped all legal barriers against pornography for adults.Explicit magazines cannot be sold to anyone under the age of eighteen, showingsome morality is still intact in America today, if not entirely.
The Church’s stand on pornography is clear and obvious. The CatholicChurch is adamantly against all pornography. Pornography “…
offends againstchastity because it perverts the conjugal act, the intimate giving of spousesto each other. It does grave injury to the dignity of its participants (actors,vendors, the public), since each one becomes an object of base pleasure andillicit profit for others.” The church’s view is that “..
.civil authoritiesshould prevent the production and distribution of pornographic materials. Godhas willed that the expression of sexual ideas be within the confines ofmarriage.
No man has the right to violate the will of God, and pornography is aviolation of this will. It is an unnatural act, a immoral human act.The responsibility of the church over the matter of pornography is to bea clear, constant teacher of the faith, especially objective moral truth. Welive in a time of permissiveness of moral violation and confusion. It is atime that demands that the church be a clear voice of morality and its role insociety.
Pornography and wanton violence in the media can blind people to thedivine images, the very likeness of God, in the human being. We are made inthe image of God, and to portray that image in a perverse and corrupt way forthe enjoyment of others is not only immoral, but goes against our human natureand purpose, to know, love, and serve God in this life, as well as through tothe next. To willingly disobey God and pervert one of his creatures issacrilegious, and a grave offense against God.We must educate those in Catholic schools as to why pornography is wrong,and why we must fight against it. Combined, the voices of all morally fitindividuals in society would be loud enough to cause the communicationsindustry to cease the senseless proliferation of immoral content into society.Everyone must resist the temptation and not give in to the grip that pornographyhas on a lot of people in this world.As it is now, in an unscientific poll, if offered just $100,000 to posefor a pornographic magazine, almost fifty percent of high school students wouldseriously consider performing this immoral and unspeakable act.
Pornography has many obvious as well as not-so-obvious consequenceswithin society. Pornography has the power to ruin marriages, destroy trust,excite a person to the point of sexual crime, or create an unhealthy view ofhuman sexuality and the opposite sex. If a married man purchases apornographic magazine and looks through it, he involuntarily loses some respectfor the opposite sex, by reducing them to an object to satisfy his sexualdesire. If the magazine is discovered by his wife, she loses faith in him,weakening their marriage bond. If the magazine is discovered by one of hischildren, male or female, that child begins to form an unhealthy view ofsexuality.Any person allowing themselves to be used to satisfy the sexual desireof another is sinning by causing another person to lust. There own perceptionof self-worth is diminished, as well as their perception of healthy sexualexpression.
Dress is another thing that causes a person to lust. If a young womanis dressed immodestly, it causes a man to desire her. Therefore, it is veryimportant that every person dress modestly and not care what others think oftheir dress. When a young woman dresses immodestly, this may suggest that sheis “easy” and some people will look down on her. The restaurant chain Hootersis a perfect example of a bad taste in dress.
The restaurant features scantily-clad women working as waitresses giving food to men who are only there to lustafter them. Over seventy-five percent of the men are married.On society as a whole, pornography acts as a moral anesthetic, deadeningus to the effects of immoral life. Pornography is as much as a drug as alcoholis. When you get started on it, you cannot control yourself, and is hard toquit. The view of moral human sexuality is greatly harmed, when a person canwalk past storefronts boasting “Girls, Girls, Girls”.
Society as a whole needsto re-think its position on pornography, as well as human sexuality entirely.Also as individuals, we need to think about how our actions in regards to humansexuality affect those around us, as well as ourselves, our relationship withothers, and our relationship with God.Pornography is accepted in the world today.
Any movie theatre won’thesitate to show a movie with pornography depicted in it if it will sell. Thesame goes for any bookstore which sells magazines. You can go into any majorbookstore chain and see a Playboy magazine on the rack next to SportsIllustrated. Now what does this suggest? It suggests that Playboy is as widelyread as Sports Illustrated.
The movie industry has glorified pornography in many movies. Movies arethe main source of pornography, along with magazines. Any person can seepornography when watching one of the pay channels on the television late atnight. This provides the oppurtunity for anyone with access to these channelsto see pornography. Many children have access to this.
Also anyone with acomputer and access to the internet has the oppurtunity to pick up somepornography. Some restrictions should be made on these things but people saythat it violates their First Amendment right.Pornography is something that shouldn’t be around.
Women shouldn’t beportrayed as sexual objects, but as an individual. Pornography is a very badthing that severes your relationship with God and is a big sin.Category: Social Issues