Sex, Pornography and Reverence

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John Hesch posted about a substitute teacher who viewed porn in class that some students inadvertently saw after coming to his desk.

The students apparently went to the principal?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s office and reported that the teacher ?¢‚Ǩ?ì”was looking at bad things on the computer?¢‚Ǩ¬ù.

I?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢m not saying the children did anything wrong in reporting the teacher, but I have to wonder about the use of the term ?¢‚Ǩ?ìbad things?¢‚Ǩ¬ù. It seems in religious society, sex and the naked body are viewed as ?¢‚Ǩ?ìbad?¢‚Ǩ¬ù. I?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢m not so sure they are absolutely. In certain contexts, the naked body is very beautiful and even minimalistic. In certain contexts, the act of sex is an intimate and sacred event.

I have met a number of people who teach their children about chastity with blanket statements like ?¢‚Ǩ?ìsex is bad. I think that is wrong. I think parents have a responsibility to teach their children that it isn?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t the act of sex or nudity itself that are wrong; it is their existence outside of certain contexts that is wrong.

Believe or not, I have met a few people who felt a pang of uneasiness, shame or even guilt when they encountered sex for the first time, after marriage.

That being said, I also know some people who looked so forward to having sex after they were married for sex’s sake that their reverence for the event was almost nonexistent.

So on one hand there?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s so much innocence, shame and naivety, yet on the other had there is so much baseness, carnality and irreverence. How do we come to the middle?

4 thoughts on “Sex, Pornography and Reverence

  1. Kim, aren’t you overlooking the obvious difference between the body being “bad” and pornography being “bad”? Bodies aren’t bad; pornography is. The boy said he saw the teacher looking at bad things. He was right: The teacher was looking at pornography.

  2. I say the kid was a rat. If the student was LDS, he should have later given the teacher a BofM and the missionaries’ phone number and told him the book and the Elders would help him fill whatever was missing from his life.

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