Advertisements, movies and music convey a particularly negative vision of sex.Today's culture insists that genital activity is the most important aspect of human sexuality.This utilitarian view of human sexuality and sexual relations sees human sexuality as limited to the genital and treats the sexual partner as nothing more than an object to be used.It offers a greatly diminished understanding of human nature.It "is an enrichment of the whole person--body, emotions and soul" (FC, #37). We cannot and should not extract our sexuality from who we are--it's part of the whole package of being human.But let's think about the other elements of this package. To be human also involves ways of knowing and understanding which move beyond mere scientific explanations. On the one hand we know that biologically, sexuality is directed to perpetuating the species. But like human nature itself, the ability to pro-create means more than its biological outcome.Most of us are not conscious of how powerful these cultural messages are.We have become so saturated with these limiting definitions that we have forgotten sexuality is much more than genital actions. Although some will argue that cultural norms inform our gender roles, we cannot ignore the reality that gender has a bearing on how we think and act.
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We need to exercise self discipline and avoid things which encourage negative sexual myths.
We should avoid certain movies and music, and shun all violent and abusive materials, such as pornography.
All of the great religions and philosophical systems confirm this.
On the practical level this means that we have to work to properly develop in a healthy way.
by Theresa Notare April 3, 1998Recently a reader asked if I had ever written on the subject of living the "gift of human sexuality" as a single person.