Skip to comments.Hollywood Plays Around With Virginity
Posted on 08/02/2014 4:45:29 AM PDT by Kaslin
Back in the 1950s, C.S. Lewis saw chastity as under attack with "all the contemporary propaganda for lust that makes people "feel that the desires we are resisting are so 'natural,' so 'healthy,' and so reasonable, that it is almost perverse and abnormal to resist them."
You can now safely delete the word "almost."
Today virginity isn't a virtue but a burden. Chastity is a freak show and anyone who chooses to keep it is a carnival barker. In today's entertainment world, weirdos -- especially sexual weirdos -- drive a juicy plot, so virgins are in vogue, as a target or merely as an anthropological curiosity.
MTV has a new reality show called "Virgin Territory" where four young participants explain their "very tumultuous journey" in the "tricky world of virginity." MTV sells it as pathos: "Whether they're trying to lose their V-cards or keep them safely tucked in their pockets for as long as possible, being pure is really starting to grate on them."
MTV's Executive Vice President of Series Development Lauren Dolgen tried to make this sound like a public service. Because of a partnership with The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, she claimed, "MTV will continue this tradition by elevating the discussion of responsible sexual health to include the topic of virginity in a way that our audience might find surprising."
Translation: MTV's challenge is to find "a way" to introduce the virtue of virginity without projecting its virtue.
As TV critic Willa Paskin at Slate.com explained, the show "tries to get into psychological explanations for all of this unwanted virginity, because like the participants' friends, MTV thinks it's weird." Variety TV critic Brian Lowry nailed it on the head. "Some networks will pimp kids out -- under cover of sex education -- to score ratings."
Then there's the new film "Very Good Girls" in which two college-bound Brooklyn, New York, girls resolve to lose their virginity over the summer, but both target the same boy who vends ice cream at the beach. It's not a teen sex comedy; it's meant to be more profound. "When we lose our innocence, we have to find ourselves," announced the trailer.
Susan Wloszczyna at RogerEbert.com wasn't impressed. "(They) decide to relieve themselves of the burden that is their virginity," she wrote. To celebrate their decision, they strip down and run stark naked on a crowded public beach before leaping into the water." She called the film "a very bad excuse" to see the former child actress Dakota Fanning "flash her bare fanny, fondle herself provocatively and cavort in her underwear for no dramatic purpose." Director Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal described these two characters revolting against their virginity as "serious, interesting, committed girls about how they become women." She said this movie is rare, because women "don't often see themselves with any reality on screen."
There it is again. "Reality" is defined by Hollywood's sexual-liberation ethos. Women who decide to retain their virginity are somehow not "real" women and certainly can't expect to see their "reality on screen." The "contemporary propaganda for lust" just never stops coming.
God’s plan for sex is the best. Anything outside of His plan will bring problems, heartache and misery.
“(They) decide to relieve themselves of the burden that is their virginity,” she wrote. To celebrate their decision, they strip down and run stark naked on a crowded public beach before leaping into the water.”
So, to celebrate their impending absolute proof of heterosexuality two girls then get naked together...okiedoke...
The natural states of healthy human beings, male or female, are “virgins” or “parents.” When people try to act is if it’s otherwise, things go wrong.
This Fall CW http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_the_Virgin Set in Miami, the series will detail the surprising and unforeseen events that take place in the life of Jane Villanueva, a hard-working, religious young Latina woman whose family tradition and a vow to save her virginity until her marriage to a detective is shattered when a doctor accidentally artificially inseminates her by mistake during a checkup. And to make matters worse, the biological donor is a married man, a former playboy and cancer survivor who is not only the new owner of the hotel where Jane works, but was also her former teenage crush.
Lifelong virginity can be a special calling from God. However, it is intended to be the "natural state" of all the unmarried. EVERYONE is called to be chaste. EVERYONE.
Attitudes encouraged in the 1960s and advances in artificial contraception changed some people's views on this.
But what is "natural" is not defined by the tremendous "enlightenment" of the past fifty years.
Don't let the common culture degrade your dignity.
Virginity is THE natural state, you know, the one nature gave you when you were born.It is meant to drive the formation of family and procreation for strong and stable society. Only self-centered decisions and actions change it with the aid of affordable technology. Unfortunately, the majority of ‘free love’ decisions made in this country in the last 40 years have been stupid and significantly damaged our country and its culture.
Virginity isn’t a natural state? Who gave you your medical degree?
Name one other animal that engages in voluntary, enforced abstinence from the reproductive act. Environmental circumstances can affect when animals breed.
And there lies the rub. We are SUPPOSED to be better than the base animals.
Women are born with hymens, in case you didn’t know. They are born in a state of virginity. That’s biology 101.
And human nature, Charlie, is what we are born to rise above.
Since virgins started being thought of as freaks, has the world gotten better because of it? All the abortions, illegitimacy, single moms raising kids with all kinds of problems, mindless hookups, shackups, divorce, etc., etc. We used to have courting. We used to have kids raised by a mom and a dad. We used to have men who defended women’s virtue. By giving away sex so easily, women have lost all of their leverage.
Not that things were ever perfect, but I do think things were better back when virginity was more prized.
I’m getting all these cryptic messages lately...
The poster with a imaginary medical degree can't know everything. *snicker*
We hear it all on FR, don’t we?
We sure do.
On a related note - the X-Men movies are all about “accepting” perversion.
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