Tuesday, May 22, 2007

More Sexual Confusion Being Sold as "Alternative" Choice

Does anyone truly believe, deep down in their hearts, that sex between a man and a horse should be considered in any way normal? Do people believe that those who engage in this selfish exploitation deserve to be respected and admired? People do. And, in an attempt to highlight and thus legitimize "mammal to mammal love," a movie has been made with the objective of "educating" Americans about this small, misunderstood group of perverts.

According to this flick, if someone is sexually aroused by anything, it automatically creates a right to physical expression of that attraction. Apparently, laws that regulate human behavior - no matter how despicable - are wrong. We are supposed to feel empathy towards these "poor souls" who swear they only make love to consenting animals. Oh, and we shouldn't judge them either... because how would you feel if someone told you it was wrong to sleep with your wife?

While the first amendment protects the freedom of speech and expression, it doesn't mean we have an obligation to highlight every sick aspect of human nature and serve it to the masses in the form of entertainment. Now, before the knees start to jerk, I'm not suggesting that the filmmakers didn't have a right to do this film. They absolutely did. So just remember, I also have the right to question their motives and express outrage at the inappropriateness of their chosen subject material.

But the question isn't one about rights as much as it is about "why?"

Have we twisted the meaning of freedom that much? Did we decide at some point to remove responsibility from all discussion? Freedom cannot survive without responsibility. That concept is foreign today, thanks to those who would live their lives without any form of consequence to the choices they make.

This is a slippery slope, indeed, because it has the side effect of legitimizing other sexual perversions, for which we do have laws and (so far) mostly uphold, like child predator laws. But how long will those laws last in the face of such reckless abuse of the first amendment?

Movies like this are inevitable in a society that upholds personal gratification above all else. "Hands off my body." "If it feels good, do it." "It's a victimless crime." "Right to privacy." All slogans of a culture intent on destroying itself in the name of limitless freedom without regulation, restriction or responsibility. Sure, most people who make movies like this have good intentions, but unfortunately, they are rarely willing to live with the unintended consequences of their actions.

1 comment:

ThooLou said...

"Movies like this are inevitable in a society that upholds personal gratification above all else. "Hands off my body." "If it feels good, do it." "It's a victimless crime." "Right to privacy." All slogans of a culture intent on destroying itself in the name of limitless freedom without regulation, restriction or responsibility. Sure, most people who make movies like this have good intentions, but unfortunately, they are rarely willing to live with the unintended consequences of their actions."

Absolutely spot on.

I posted a story about this the other day on my other blog, and got the following reply:

"Slate Magazine did a write-up a couple days ago about this movie, and while I certainly don't support bestiality and find it repulsive, I do think it's important to make movies that present a sort of moral ambiguity. Even with something like this."

Moral ambiguity?

*Sigh*