A recent post at Boundless Line caught my attention and reminded me of an article at Reformation21 not very long ago. Of course it is not real news that our world is becoming more superficial, but the outrageousness often slips by and invades our thinking when we don’t acknowledge it for the sin and danger that it is. A timely reminder:
Don’t just blame opportunistic surgeons or idealized cultural standards. Much of the problem lies with men, and the women who try to please them. It’s all about expectations.
According to Sharlotte Brikland, a 39-year-old mom with a 20-year-old son, “There is more pressure on mothers today to look young and sexy than on previous generations. I don’t think it was an issue for my mother; your husband loved you no matter what.” Ms. Birkland recently remarried.
The most offensive comment to me came from one Dr. Huffaker who said, “Women do have trouble getting back together. You don’t just do a couple of exercises and get skinny again.”
Back together? Since when are natural physical changes akin to falling apart?
Last month’s post on Naomi Wolf’s essay “The Porn Myth” provokes many useful lines of practical and theological reflection. Wolf’s basic argument is that, contrary to feminist expectations, easy access to pornography has not been liberating for women, but makes men (especially) more selfish and therefore less able to enjoy real relationships, including sexual ones. Wolf even goes so far as to commend a biblical approach to sexuality.
One of Wolf’s comments is especially arresting: “For most of human history, erotic images have been reflections of, or celebrations of, or substitutes for, real naked women. For the first time in human history, the images’ power and allure have supplanted that of real naked women. Today, real naked women are just bad porn.”
So much more could be said. The question, though, is what are we to do in our lives and to raise up a generation free of this sadness?
edit: Reformation21 has a new post reference two journal articles. Check it out here.