I was cruising my blogroll moments ago, as I try to do every day, and was interested to see a post by my friend Sylvain Duford in which he discussed a post of mine about, among other things, sex in the mass media last week.
Sylvain made the point that perhaps we should be more concerned about violence in movies and on television than about nudity and depictions of sex.
My concern is not about nudity itself. I have no problem at all with my son seeing nudity, male or female, on television or in movies. I certainly have no problem with observing nudity myself. Heck, I trip all over myself when I see an attractive woman in a bathing suit. Or a short skirt, a low-cut top, or blue jeans, or high heels. We're all born naked, aren't we? In a tropical climate, I would probably live in as few clothes as possible, maybe none at all, as long as my immodesty didn't frighten small children or animals.
I have no problem with sex either. Sex is great. The more the better. Remember that Beatles' song "Why Don't We Do It In The Road?" All I ask is that we answer that question by agreeing to do 'it' swinging from the chandelier, and behind drawn curtains, instead. It would be more fun, after all, and it wouldn't risk offending someone else.
That's all I'm saying. I don't think we should have censorship of any kind, but rather use simple good judgement and show some personal restraint. That includes understanding that everyone looks at things somewhat differently, and then being considerate by not subjecting them to something they might rather not see.
The real issue in Sylvain's post is that violence is depicted everywhere without any discernible outcry. I agree. Consider all the TV shows and movies that feature violent acts of some sort: assault, abuse, rape, murder. And much of it is shown in great detail. I think that we have become numb to violence in many ways. The violence that is shown today would have caused people to blanche or even retch not so many years ago.
So, Sylvain, I agree with you. Maybe that saying from the sixties still makes a lot if sense... remember: "Make love, not war?
That kind of fits.
I'm on board. Where do I sign up?