So how is that whole sexual revolution working out, then? I like to ask this question now and again because to listen to the feminists who started the revolution you would think it was the end of days.
No sooner had the Harvey Weinstein scandal confirmed what we had known for some time, namely that predatory sexual behaviour went unchecked in Hollywood, than social media was flooded with testimony that sexual harassment was everywhere.
It is true that the Hollywood casting couch was around a long time before the 60s (I am not suggesting that it was not) but I thought the great revolution was supposed to fix it.
I thought the great sexual revolution would do at least three things: 1) stop the objectification of women; 2) reduce pornography, and 3) liberate women to be just like men.
So how is it going? The objectification of women seems to continue, according to the feminists, even if it is women exploiting their own sexual capital for financial gain. The Mayor of London is going to ban advertisements of women in bikinis on the Tube. Mary Whitehouse would be proud.
As for pornography – let me introduce you to the internet. Rape culture is endemic, we are told. At every university, in every workplace, in every home, on every bus lurks a man waiting, just waiting to harass, sexually assault, or rape you. #MeToo is the hashtag that tells us that I too have been harassed. What they really mean is, #Lookatmetoo.
Yet, at the same time as decrying this epidemic of sexual assault or worse (and I can’t tell for sure who is right and who is wrong), the feminists rules that govern sexual behaviour are simple, or simply dreadful, depending on your view.
In fact, there is only one principle and it is this: as long as there is consent, you are good to go. The consent must be real, cannot be coerced or tricked, but consent is all you need.
There is no morality other than consent and ‘health and safety’. Make sure the sexual intimacy is sterile and safe, then be on your way. You don’t even have to know his or her name.
This amoral nightmare is against the background of a hyper-sexualised culture that displays a fair amount of soft pornography. We bring up kids in this culture and then give them the following rules:
- Consent is all that matters along with health and safety;
- We can all get as drunk as we like;
- Tinder hook-ups are awesome;
- One night stands are also awesome;
- Adultery, so long as it is consensual, also fine; threesomes are liberating;
- Drunken consensual threesomes mean you are smashing the patriarchy;
- Men and women are exactly the same, and have exactly the same sex drive;
- Men are in no way to be protective towards women as that is patronising and ‘putting her in a gilded cage’,
- Because men and women are exactly the same, there is no such thing as taking advantage of anyone – there is either consent or rape;
- There is nothing special about the sexual act. It is ‘just sex’;
- Female modesty should be scorned and was only ever a means of controlling women.
In other words, the cultural Left and some feminists do not really believe that there are men and women. They believe there are machines and once given the right formula or program via sex education, or the re-education camp, or whatever the latest scheme is, everything will be fine. Nirvana is near. Only we never quite reach that Nirvana, do we?
So why all the harassment, ladies (if I may call you ladies)? Why the rape culture? If the Left has had the culture for the last 50 years, and all you have produced is rape culture and pornography, then what does that tell you?
It tells us that you failed. You didn’t have a plan when you decided to tear down all the old traditions. Now look at you, with your rape culture and your #MeToo and your Harvey Weinstein.
A pervert in a dressing gown is celebrated as a great civil rights activist. There is at least a dodgy guy in the Oval Office to follow on from the other, very dodgy guy in the Oval Office. And we are awash, positively swimming, in pornography. The abortion rate is off the scale.
And you think this can be fixed with some hashtag? Really, that’s the plan? That plan is even dumber than the first plan. Leftists, it’s time to put your hands up and say, we are sorry we didn’t know what we were doing, please can someone help us before all is lost. Because you really lost this one, didn’t you? And now the rest of us have to live with it.