Monday, May 01, 2006
the folks from Oz
the Borg has a new post up. What do evangelical Aussies think about the effects of pornography on their (our) society?
Shiloh would like to know my thoughts on pornography and our culture, specifically in regards to women and their sexual desires.
Having grown up in a culture where the human body is flaunted before everyone through television, posters, magazines, and the like ... more so than in the U.S. ... I have noticed that many become numb to pornography. The negative effects are still there, however men and women trivialize it and have made it a standard part of society. Whereas, TV spots in the U.S. for shampoo and soap attempt to be tasteful by "leaving just a little to the imagination," Europeans exalt the human body and laud its bareness. If you have jet-lag and are looking for something to occupy your time and thoughts after 11 or 10 p.m. stay away from the television screen. Porn films are there for all to see on public television. I know. I mistakenly switched it on one sleepless night.
The appeal of the human body has never found root with me. Those who gaze at certain areas, nudge their buddies, or whisper to their girlfriends and giggle about someone's anatomy boggles my mind. While I am certainly one to appreciate beauty in all its forms, the male body (or female body, for that matter) doesn't evoke erotic passions within me.
However, I can understand the appeal of cheap romance novels. (Not that I endulge myself ... there is merely an understanding there.) In feasting on words or scenes in romance movies, women forsake all foolish claims of feminism and long for an ideal man who will lead them away in his arms, care for them, appreciate them, cherish them. He is tender but strong, intelligent and patient, encouraging and decisive.
THESE are the images that evoke sexual passions for me ... passions that I must turn over to Christ and seek contentment in Him.
Women who crave ideals portrayed in romance novels and chick-flicks begin to disdain any who cannot reach them. There is something to be said for maintaining standards. However, when one demands perfection and cannot find satisfaction in anything else ... she is on her way to a very lonely, bitter, disappointed life.
In my opinion, women are not stimulated as much by the visual but by touch and the heart.