Sex and the Fundamental Values
NAT u RAL LAW EMERGES from and conforms to nature, but when it comes to sex, it is also countercultural in the Western world. No matter where you turn in American society you are bombarded with messages about sex. From films and ads in fashion magazines, from hundreds of thousands of Web sites, from television shows and from the media and towering billboards that rise in our cities and on our highways the word goes out that everyone is doing it—or at least everyone who matters or is cool or successful does it. And if some are not doing it because they don’t have a convenient partner, this can be fixed in a variety of ways: weight loss programs and pharmaceuticals, hair transplants and waxings, or with dating services, the latest cocktails, better make-up, sexy clothes, sexy cars, sexy jobs, sexy everything. Sex is fun and free. It’s an anytime experience with almost anyone. The message is clear: everybody’s doing it, what about you?
Some young people are comfortable with hooking-up, or having friends with benefits. Others are more selective, restricting sex to a person with whom they have a serious relationship. But even committed (but unmarried) couples in a long-term relationship admit that their commitment can end at any time, unannounced.