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The following article, written by Bishop Richard J. Malone, appeared in the January 4, 2015, issue of "Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly."
I recently found a New York Times piece I had clipped back in May 2013 entitled “The Joylessness of Sex on TV” by Ginia Bellafante. The essay opens with these words: “Sex on TV is more risqué, more graphic and more raunchy than ever. So why is it so incredibly unsexy?”
The author’s diagnosis is that “much of it is divorced from any real sense of eroticism or desire,” leaving portrayals of sex that are “transactional” and “utilitarian.” The objective of that article was certainly not to reflect on the authentic meaning of human sexuality. It did, though, at least scratch the surface of the question, recognizing a few symptoms of the confusion and distortion that surround the matter of sexuality these days. Sexual expression, when wrenched out of its God-designed meaning and purpose, is bound to be joyless, even destructive.
Sexuality is such a potent dimension of human personhood that no one should be surprised that the subject of sex turns up just about everywhere. Cultural critics use words like “obsession” and “saturation” to describe our society’s preoccupation with sex and sexuality. The more superficial and inadequate views of sex as merely an emotional or physical impulse dominate everything from “hook up” dating to TV series and cinema to casual conversation to standup comedy and advertising, the more it becomes trivialized and detached from its authentic context of meaning. Our Catholic tradition, on the other hand, offers good solid truths about sexuality, beautiful truths drawn from both reason and God’s revelation. read more...