Friday, July 6, 2007

Criminalizing Sex

Only in a country where we spend two weeks giving Paris Hilton's jail fiasco media attention, does this story go quietly unnoticed. The headline reads "Sting Operation Uncovers Illegal Sex Toys".

I wonder what the sex toys were and why they were illegal. Since the article doesn't elaborate, I honestly cannot imagine. Our culture spends so much time making sex tabboo, immoral and even criminal that no one stops to think about sex as something that can be pleasurable and life enriching.

My heart goes out to the store owners that were arrested for selling sex toys. I bet these folks are not criminals or bad people. They are the victims of a culture that cannot accept healthy sex acts as normal. A culture that will stereotype sex as wrong, bad, and harmful and totally deny the possibility of it simply being "okay".

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