The times they are a-changin', Ms. Valenti. Over here in the country that brought the US the ideas and assumptions that underlie your point of view, we are having a raging debate about Muslim women and the veil. More precisely, about the Muslim woman's right to wear the veil. Critics charge that wearing the veil is a sign of male sexist supremacy, and that women are forced into doing it by those terrible, domineering men. Critics also favor forcing Muslim women to be free according to their own Enlightenment definition of freedom.
Forcing women to be free? But many young Muslim women are choosing to wear the veil, in the same way as they are choosing sexual abstinence and virginity as a way of life. A careful observer will notice that this conflict is between the religion that rose out of the Enlightenment (make no mistake about it, scientific materialism is a religion very similar to the others) and the established monotheisms. Every advantage has its disadvantage. The advantage of birth control: not getting pregnant (if you use it right, and are lucky...) when you don't want to. Disadvantage: the divorce of the sexual act from the idea of procreation, the banalization of the sexual act and the false idea that stopping contraception = getting pregnant. That you have that baby when you want to, instead of... when "it" decides to show up.
People are getting tired of "meaningless" sex, and sex without consequences (other than disease...). They want more out of it. And by the way, there should be no sex education in schools anyway. Then we have no debate about whether to talk about abstinence. There are lots of ways to find out about sex, and high school, or junior high biology class is just not the place. And by the way... I am not a Christian.
Debra Weston Mervant
Saint Egrève , France
Jul 2 2009 - 8:07am