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Freedom that kills Unrestrained sex … where will it land us? by Ed Vitagliano Sex is everywhere we look. It‟s on magazine covers at grocery store checkout lanes and on the screen – small and big. The nation‟s music is infused with it. On Madison Avenue sex sells everything from cars to chewing gum. Pornography is ubiquitous. There are the Hollywood stars and other purveyors of pop culture, who seem to go out of their way to celebrate a sexual ethic unrestrained by even the flimsiest form of morality. A perfect example was at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards in June, when girl-next-door actress Sandra Bullock, fresh off the humiliation of her husband‟s very public infidelity, kissed another woman, actress Scarlett Johansson, on national television. It wasn‟t the first time for Bullock to shill for perverse sexuality: She also kissed actress Meryl Streep at the 2010 Critics Choice Awards in January. The message always seems to be the same: Sex is fun, it is free, and doing it – any way you choose to do it, as long as it is consensual – is normal. And by all means don‟t let anyone tell you differently. Just make sure you wear a condom. The pulsing beat of sexual energy seems to be the rhythm of an entire generation. Story after story revealing the sexual escapades of the glitterati hits cable news channels and Internet Web pages for a brief instant and then vanishes, soon to be replaced by another one. Lindsay Lohan. David Letterman. Tiger Woods. Larry King. But perversion seems to be everywhere else, too, from the cloister to the classroom. The scandals of politicians – even those who name the name of Jesus Christ, such as South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) – also reveal the stench of moral decay. Not too long ago Americans would have been horrified, offended, outraged or all three. Now they shrug their shoulders and click the remote or the mouse and move along to the next story. Caligula is simply the guy next door. A ‘herpes nest’ Consequences don‟t dally forever. Despite the mantra of Hollywood stars, sexual immorality is not free and the numbers of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) prove it. For example, earlier this year the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the latest statistics for genital herpes: One in six Americans (16%) between the ages of 14 and 49 are infected with the incurable disease. Some simply shrug off the herpes tsunami as a part of living la vida loca, the crazy life. For example, the MTV hit
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course MAFT 541 taught by Professor Davidp.altopp during the Fall '10 term at Ventura College.

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