Washington Post: Conservatives Are Right About Sex

Washington Post: Conservatives Are Right About Sex, by Mark Hemingway.

On Monday Washington Post columnist Christine Emba wrote a piece headlined “Let’s Rethink Sex.” It’s a commendable essay in a lot of ways, but the headline is a bit misleading in the sense that it advocates rethinking a view of sexuality that much of the country never signed on to in the first place, and indeed, spent decades warning about the consequences of. …

It’s worth noting that it wasn’t “society” writ large that boarded the sex train — it was the culturally influential liberal elites who control the universities, the media, and the entertainment industrial complex. Further, there’s a giant subculture who never boarded the train. …

How exactly does one reintroduce “prudence, temperance, respect and even love” to the strata of society where sex outside of marriage can never even be discouraged, let alone judged negatively? … The society Emba is talking about was molded by birth control, abortion, no-fault divorce, and a celebration of hedonism. …

The entire body of Judeo-Christian thought has held that certain institutions regulating sexual behavior, protecting women, and supporting families, were worth maintaining and preserving. … Liberals, on the other hand, have been quite explicit about the fact that their long-term project was to destroy these same institutions. (The Obama administration even threatened the tax exempt status of churches and synagogues over their unwillingness to condone sex outside of marriage.) …

The political divide:

Conservatives believe that people should have a maximal amount of freedom when it comes to their opinions, possessions, and income — but also that people should retain the right to make judgments about both the idea and practice of virtue. And when conservatives make such judgments, they’re told that they’re “intolerant.” (Though the standards for intolerance shift by the hour. In 2009, you could object to same-sex marriage in polite society. Today if you have misgivings about Medicaid paying for sex changes for 16 year-olds without parental consent — even though it’s illegal for that same kid to buy a beer — you’re a bigot.)

On the flipside, modern American liberals have a laundry list of freedoms they’re dying to curtail: what kind of soda you can drink, what words you can say, what firearms you can own. But there is no belief more sacred to the liberal mind than total bodily autonomy when it comes to sexual and reproductive behavior, regardless of the consequences.