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Comment re: Kinsey, pornography, sexual revolution

 

Reaction to Jakerad's post.

 

Based on your description and the title of the documentary, my reaction will probably be this: Social science is descriptive and not prescriptive, meaning by no means did Kinsey et al bring about a change in human behavior. He merely opened up the public's eyes to what people actually do and exploded harmful myths.

Liberalization in the political sense is to reflect accurately how people behave, and work to change our hypocritical preconceived notions. For example, pre-Kinsey or Stonewall, people were gay, because that's within the bounds of normal human behavior, as evidenced by human history and common sense. That's just one example, but to make more people aware of this fact serves all people by helping us understand the varied nature of human behavior. Going back to a supposed Valhalla or halcyon days in the past is both impossible and harmful. Most people in the conservative movement imagine some sort of idealized past which never existed and which merely serves the purposes of the present moment. So, for example, you have caricatures of the Founding Fathers as died-in-the-wool conservative Christians, which is just ludicrous after one looks at the texts they actually wrote (like Jefferson's superstition-free Bible and the Federalist Papers).

The Pill is one thing that changed things radically, but that was a technological-medical change which was for the better because more family planning options are good for people and for population levels. And people have more children outside of wedlock nowadays because of bad welfare policies and because manufacturing is disappearing as well as unions (both of which provided stable income to uneducated men; hard to keep a man around if he's an out-of-work construction worker and she's a nurse making $40K+).

Anyway, now that I've pre-critiqued, do you think I would gain much from the documentary?

 
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