You can no longer regularly read Dear Abby without finding a sexual issue--and those sexual issues are increasingly the subject of her advice. But sexuality is also making its way regularly to the actual news sections of newspapers and online news mediums. Consider this recent column from the New York Times:
For the last few years Sexual Futurist has helped make possible a discussion about human sexuality that could be based on reason and knowledge. Our most recent effort is a book--the type of book that has never been available before. Using everyday language with no vulgarity, no scientific terms for anatomy (no discussion of anatomy whatsoever!), and no religious tie-ins we examine the notion of "sexual needs" in the same manner one might take a look at intellectual needs, emotional needs or any other kind of human need. The book is a celebration of human diversity and human unity: we may
Funny thing about sexuality--it can be very funny. You may have realized this in your house of worship--those guys understand the need to cut up about things that are awkward to discuss. Or perhaps you experienced sexual humor in a sex education class in school--easier to learn when we can all relax. Or in your family conversations that involved Aunt Edna (a former missionary), Grandpa Lester (fresh out of a 20-year prison stretch) or after the sour look Mom gave Dad when some familial black sheep pipped up with a lighthearted "Ever hear the one about the preacher (or rabbi or imam) who
"Well here it is, folks, all the sexual news you can use."
Californication! If you think sexuality is dirty then you're going to think kid's sexual development is dirty...and threatening. An American advice columnist recently got a letter from a mom that's likely representative the thinking of millions of concerned parents.
We've got the Weather Channel, 25 different ESPN channels for sports, business news channels for everyone from socialists to those enjoying the current reincarnation of the Gilded Age--and even actual news news channels--lots of them. What's missing? Sexual news of course. Whether we call it the Sexual Futurist News or the Sexual News Channel (tagline: "All the news...no really, ALL the news") or whatever, the point is that there are no news outlets that allow us to see the forest--it's just one big phallic tree after another with no sense of the trends in the 'hood or the world.
“Any ‘explanation’ of why…can be misconstrued as ‘excusing’ it.... This is a misunderstanding that arises regularly in discussions of the origins of evil; people recoil at any explanation, because they confuse explanations with excuses. But it is important that we understand…origins… --not so that we can exonerate…but so that we can use that knowledge to decrease the risk of such things happening again….” --Jared Diamond
We plant trees for our grandchildren, the old saying goes. The idea here is a selfless act that prudently provides for a future we may never live to see. Parents who have baby boys have a similar challenge with a health issue that also requires us to consider a future we may never live to see but that can dramatically affect a boy's life in the future. As reported by Men's Journal: