Eve Blew It

Satiric logo of the Catholic Youth Council

Garden of Eden Eve had a serious apple addiction – or she demonstrated a common human trait: tell me I can’t do something and that’s the thing I want to do. Give a kid three, plain boxes and say he can open two – but not the third. Guess which box he immediately wants to open?

Some say this is the basic desire for knowledge. Maybe – but we know innate human drives are always difficult to control and almost impossible to eliminate.  We’ve tried it with sexuality and it’s failed miserably. My belief on America sexuality is well known: “we teach our kids sex is dirty and disgusting and they should save it for someone they love.”

Sexual repression (which has been called “a malady disguised as a remedy,”) has heavy consequences.  Have you ever wondered why our culture leads the Western world in the number of unwanted pregnancies?  Or why sex education and birth control have been kept out of schools for the better part of a century?  I blame ancient religious beliefs which continue to hang over our heads like a foul odor.

To me, this unnatural oppression of all things sexual has resulted in any number of perversions. Examples include alter boy scandals in the Catholic church and troop leader sex crimes in the Boy Scouts.

Sweden and other Scandinavian countries have a more natural acceptance of human sexuality. Their rates of sex crimes, STD’s, and unwanted pregnancies are much lower than ours. They also have fewer religious zealots who believe anything sex-positive is negative.

3 Responses to “Eve Blew It”

  1. Bill says:

    You know I agree with your views on sexuality in general, but your history is a little shaky here. Our society OFFICIALLY reppresses sexuality, but our culture is awash in sexual imagery and information. Ten year old kids know more about sex today than young marrieds did back in the 50s.

    You mention “unwanted” pregnancies. Unwanted by whom? Most of the young women who get pregnant know exactly what they’re doing. Throughout most of human history boys and girls married as soon as they could procreate. In the past few hundred years we have extended human childhood, but the biological urge to get it on never went away. Society enforced chastity via sexual repression until reliable birth control came along. Teenagers have been banging their heads off for 50 years now. Due to a number of economic and societal causes, teens are ELECTING to get pregnant, but that is material enough for a whole new column.

  2. Joseph Belle-Isle says:

    Oh yeh you so RAT ON!! I’m 64 but when I was 18 and stationed in Abalama the best place for young GI’s with no money to meet horned toad screw your brains out halelulia other 18 yr. old girls was the Church. Even if your girlfreind and her parents dragged you there something in the preachers brain told him “That won’t work out! It never does.” So he would take every single guy that came to church and introduce him to every single single girl in the church. Get ’em hooked, Make ’em babies.
    This was before the “pill.” Rubbers was all there was. The good girls didn’t like the way they felt.
    truth-“i’LL ONLY PUT IT IN AN INCH!”
    “well ok> IF YOU ONLY PUT IT IN AN INCH.
    “Is it only in an inch?”
    Pre air conditioning parking bumper to bumper on a lovers lane with all the windows open the young lady is suddenly howling at the top of her lungs-“THEM PUT IT IN ALL THE WAY!!!”
    Then having to tell Mom and Dad what the movie was about at the drive in.
    UHHHH_We were watching a skunk go frrom car to car.”

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