ABOUT THIS DEBATE -Chastity Will Save the 21st Century
We live in sexy times! Our lives are permeated by hedonistic, pleasure seeking ideals.
Sex is everywhere – from advertisements for cat food and sparkling water to the way we speak, dress and act. We are encouraged to lead happy, healthy sex lives that enhance our well-being and relationships.
We are empowered by embracing the hard won sexual freedoms earned these past few decades. The recognition of female desire and advent of the pill changed sexual relations, putting men and women on equal playing grounds.
For all its social and health benefits though, sex has a nasty side. We are embarrassed by poor choices in partners and shamed when our private sex lives are made public. We can feel hurt or humiliation when we share our bodies with others who go on to disrespect that intimacy.
Sex is used to manipulate former lovers and even subordinate colleagues. It can be a threatening tool of dominance in violent homes. It is a weapon of war.
Your choice in sexual partners can get you bashed, stoned or shot. Violence against LGBTI people is on the rise, even in these liberated times. Violence against women accused of adultery is custom in some communities.
Is it time to exercise restraint in our sexual lives? Could we save ourselves a whole lot of pain by controlling our desires and working toward a more modest culture? Are such cultures safer or happier? Could the old sexual moralities of the great faiths deliver us from the suffering sex brings? Will chastity save us from oursleves?
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Due to popular demand, IQ2 debates will now begin at 6.30pm.