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This is a really interesting article rarely seen in the mainstream press, which tells the truth about the sexual revolution’s impact on our latest generation.
Those who argue for sexual freedom suggest that the balance of power between males and females should allow both genders to enjoy sex with no strings attached, no commitment, and no relationship hang-ups.
The article says: ‘sex and human connection, let alone love and compassion, have effectively been decoupled in the hook-up culture, in which dating has given way to no-strings-attached physical encounters. This (encounter)…has become the norm for Gen Y in the form of a too-often joyless, mechanical and regret-filled hook-up culture.’
A recent study has found that this culture of ‘hook-ups’ has left a generation of young women suffering under a layer of melancholy, insecurity and isolation that no one can seem to shake. (The End of Sex: Freitas)
Anyone brave enough to suggest that a young woman’s virginity is to be prized and not given away lightly is pilloried and castigated by the media and feminists who suggest that such views are patriarchal, old-fashioned and seek to control women.
The truth is vastly different. The American Psychological Association Review of the Sexual Hook Up Culture found disturbing psychological consequences for both men and women, including alcohol and substance abuse, unwanted sex, profound regret and feelings of depression and shame.
The book The End of Sex found that among American college campuses, 41% of students expressed sadness or despair about hooking up.
The Christian belief about sex is that it was given by God as a wonderful gift to a married couple to express love, create intimacy and produce children. The Bible describes it as ‘becoming one flesh’. When it is twisted and misused, this gift can have catastrophic consequences, as discovered by these recent studies.
Secondly, humans were created to be in relationship with each other. Humans need intimacy, friendship, romance and love. The hook up culture has destroyed the meaning of intimacy in a romantic relationship and shattered the notion of fidelity within a marriage covenant.
The results are self-evident: loneliness, despair, shame, regret, depression and isolation.
Behind the facade of glittering, smiling, beautiful young people hides a sad and lost generation. Will you pray for them, talk to them, befriend them, and love them?