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Reader Responses to Sex Poll

Friday, 02 September 2005 12:00 AM

Forget for a moment that many of our police officers are lying down on the job. My questions are: 1) is this good for feminism; 2) is it good for our culture? Sure, on one hand, the sheer fact of women engaging in sexual romances with predatory ease is a sign of liberation. You have to understand that for much of Western history, lines of inheritance were safeguarded by relegating women to the private sphere of society. Even the internal space of Roman architecture was consciously designed to set females off from social gatherings and goings-on.

The subjugation of women was traditionally reinforced through popular myths that depicted them as emotionally erratic creatures that needed to be shut in for their own good as well as that of society at large. For similar reasons, divorce became a taboo, as did sexual dalliances. Women's own sexual drives were twisted inward and labeled evil. Long after these particular historical circumstances began to fade, the social hierarchies that deemed women inferior remained.

The feminist movement in this country changed that by breaking apart those social expectations that conditioned girls from a young age to believe that homemaking was their only lot in life. By pushing women's lib into the mainstream and invading professional fields traditionally reserved for men, they effectively broke down gender stereotypes. Having achieved its professed goal, the feminist movement in this country has since become torn between the need to counter masculine dominance and the more postmodern desire to celebrate the uniquely feminine.

So how do women reconcile these disparate needs? Let me make a suggestion: it's not by calling the police and sleeping with them. It seems to me that placing fake calls to police officers is less a sign of sexual liberation than a sad sign that the feminist movement has betrayed women by encouraging them to go about things as a male - or in this case, a seventeen-year-old boy - would.

But I was curious what you thought. So I put the question to my readers: Is sex with strangers a sign of feminine liberation? Is it good for our culture? The responses poured in.

One reader who wished to remain nameless noted that women are often left unsatisfied by these so-called "liberating" acts of sexual whimsy: "Women are best off in the roles they were made for, to be alluring, but not aggressive. A ‘come hither' look is much more appealing. Love counts. After all is said and done, if you're just out for sex, you will end up with a hollow feeling, wondering what it is that you are missing in your life. Love and commitment will give you far deeper satisfaction than a quick roll in bed (or anywhere else)."

Brookstex@aol.com worries that the quest for sexual gratification has become so ubiquitous in this country that it suggests the sort of decadence that precedes the fall: "As commitment and responsibility implode into a quest for gratification, it starts to look more and more like a prelude to judgment. In fact, it may even be judgment: we know from scripture that God's judgment often consists of abandoning people to the unfettered pursuit of their own self-destructive vices. I tremble for this country."

Rayrubi@gmail.com finds it hard to regard such plainly self destructive behavior as a form of feminism: "Any woman who could deliberately place herself in such a vulnerable position with a complete stranger is in a self-destruct mode.

Drknmay@aol.com concurs: "I think that such women must be mentally ill to risk assault, robbery, blackmail and sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS."

I have to say I agree with all of the above comments. Women, by virtue of this wonderful capacity to give birth, are tied into the entire cycle of life. Men are not. If you really want to encourage feminine pride, shouldn't the uniquely feminine be celebrated and cherished? I mean, would someone please explain to me how you celebrate feminism by risking your life and giving away your love?

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