The Sexual Liberation's Nervous Breakdown

I recall my excitement as a child whenever several young cousins and I would be dropped off at a large playground for a couple of hours' play. When the car doors opened, we spilled out and ran for the first thing that caught our fancy. Big swings, various towering slides, jungle gyms, "monkey bars," and other brightly painted playground equipment facilitated our enthusiastic play.

In the 1960s I encountered a similar scramble of excitement at my freshman orientation at a large state university when some incoming students realized that their overnight room assignments would be unmonitored and unsupervised—any boy and girl who wanted to could have a recreational one-night stand. Some students excitedly prowled about looking for a partner in crime.

The adults were looking the other way, and it was time to play. The sexual revolution had come to campus. Sexual intercourse, previously known as the marital act, was now "liberated" as a recreational activity. Coed dorms quickly followed, along with alcohol-soaked weekend parties and easy sex. Today, many years later, "date rape" is a regular feature of the campus "hook-up" culture.

But now comes a writer who surprisingly claims that "sexual liberation is having a nervous breakdown on college campuses." Heather Mac Donald, writing in The Weekly Standard (October 20, 2014), asks, "Is this the end of the collegiate bacchanal?" We can only hope so.

Mac Donald sees a breakdown in part because the convoluted "rules" for sexual conduct drafted by sexual libertarians are not working. Claims of date rape are rising, so campus administrators try to write even more rules. She notes the irony that women are demanding help from school administrators "50 years after the proponents of sexual liberation insisted that college adults stop policing student sexual behavior."

Collegiate Reform

Mac Donald's article is arresting because it combines touches of humor with personal stories and commonsense commentary. Mac Donald, an atheist, observes,

Society has no interest in preserving the collegiate bacchanal. Should college fornication become a rare event preceded by contract signing and notarization, maybe students would actually do some studying instead. Maybe colleges should assign and grade some real homework instead of wasting faculty and administrator time drafting cringingly lurid consent scenarios. Rather than passing out tips on orgasm and the use of sex toys—a staple of campus health centers—colleges might send the message that they expect students to learn the periodic table, read the Greek tragedies, and understand the evolution of constitutional government.

Salvo applauds the commonsense of Mac Donald on this issue. It doesn't take religious faith to see how destructive (and enslaving) sexual "liberation" is.

Many others agree that sex is misrepresented to students. Peter (a friend and Salvo reader) and his ninth-grade son went before their local Board of Education to protest a sex-ed session in which the presenter gave his son's class a clear message that "everyone is doing it." After father and son voiced their concerns, Peter said, "we were surprised by the loud applause we received from the teachers and community members who were present! It made me realize that there are many who agree with us, but very few who will bother to take a stand publicly." And their stand made a difference: "A local pastor is now permitted to come into the school in order to make a presentation on abstinence to every 9th grade class."

Be encouraged by that loud applause, for there are many who know from painful experience that sexual liberation is a fraud and is contrary to our God-given nature. The facts on the ground are on our side, and people like Heather Mac Donald are bold enough to say so, even when they can't see God behind the natural design. Even little kids usually know there is a time to play and a time to abstain from play.

is the executive editor of Salvo and Touchstone magazines.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #31, Winter 2014 Copyright © 2019 Salvo |