Donna Freitas has a Ph. Abraham Morgentaler, M. AM: The changes in the sexual landscape over the 25 years of my medical practice are astonishing. The Internet has democratized sexuality and sexual knowledge, but creates new challenges. Many normal young men now fear they are sexually deficient because their only source of reference is porn, which primarily shows male actors who are anatomical freaks of nature who can have sex for days. Michel Foucault argued that attempts to repress sexuality have the opposite effect, bringing it to the forefront of the individual and social mind.
There is an obligatory aspect of the sexual activity of college students today. AM: The pervasiveness of sexual content in our culture has led to to the erroneous belief that we already know everything there is to know about sex.
The opposite is true: we know almost nothing important about sex! In particular, the absurd yet accepted narrative about men as Neanderthals or Martians persists. The impact of this false knowledge is that women fail to have an accurate understanding of men, and men feel alone. What does religion have to offer to the cultural discourse on sex? This is especially true for college students—hookup culture is one that thrives on people not thinking about their actions, and going about in a frenzy—yet interest in spirituality among young adults is off the charts.
The spiritual traditions within religions are fairly pliant, inclusive, and are designed to help a person learn that valuable practice of slowing down amid a culture that never wants to let us stop. AM: Human sexuality has been irrevocably changed by science. Erectile dysfunction pills have forever changed male expectations and performance, and perhaps the expectations and sexual fulfillment of their female partners as well. And we are only beginning to understand the full impact of testosterone therapy in men, particularly the fascinating connection between libido and a sense of well-being.
Will society ever become maximally saturated with sex? DF: Maybe college culture has already reached this point. To see so many young men and women either utterly ambivalent about sex, or fairly regretful, is depressing.
While most college students believe that hookups can be good, living in the context of hookup culture over a period of years is exhausting, and for some, emptying. It leaves them wishing for other alternatives. Subscribers: to set up your digital access click here.
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