Sunday, June 1, 2014

* The Beatification of Sex

Ross Douthout in today's New York Times Op-Ed calls it Hefnerism .
(Hugh Hefner and  some of his Playboy harem above).
Thirty-eight years ago I wrote about this madness
Holy Smoke
at Yale Divinity School. 
See "Sex at Yale" below. 
(Use ctrl + to enlarge text).

The culture’s attitude is Hefnerism, basically, if less baldly chauvinistic than the original Playboy philosophy. Sexual fulfillment is treated as the source and summit of a life well lived, the thing without which nobody (from a carefree college student to a Cialis-taking senior) can be truly happy, enviable or free.
Meanwhile, social alternatives to sexual partnerships are disfavored or in decline: Virginity is for weirdos and losers, celibate life is either a form of unhealthy repression or a smoke screen for deviancy, the kind of intense friendships celebrated by past civilizations are associated with closeted homosexuality, and the steady shrinking of extended families has reduced many people’s access to the familial forms of platonic intimacy.

Ross Douthout
NYT  June 1, 2014