Date: March 16, 2022
“Mary Eberstadt is an American essayist, novelist, and author of several works of nonfiction, including Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics. She holds the Panula Chair at the Catholic Information Center in Washington, D.C., and is a senior fellow with the Faith and Reason Institute. Her work can be found at maryeberstadt.com.”
1) If you describe homosexuality as “confusion”, while suggesting it’s connected to the lack of a heterosexual male role model…you do not understand homosexuality, full stop. And that’s really quite outrageous.
2) Porn is perfectly fine and healthy, so long as it is used under certain understandings, agreements and settings. The “corrosive nature” of porn, is a literal myth. Thing is, many people are raised with a deep bias against it and fear of it [even the people who like it], and that’s often internalized with shame…People get into relationships, and they just don’t bring this issue out into the open and talk about it…hence, they’re not on the same page and partners can get upset over it.
That is what is corrosive…not the porn, itself…Porn is neutral.
3) Religion is no silver bullet…In fact, it is commonly a destructive and impoverishing presence. You want to talk about toxic?…religion is a prime place to start that conversation. While I don’t know that religion is in decline in the larger picture, it is good that it no longer has the stranglehold on most all societies, that it once did.
I am all for secularism…There is nowhere near enough of it, as things stand.
No, dear…there is nothing tangible about religion…Religion is a personal experience, and varies from one individual to another…It really is far more ethereal…And, no…I dislike nobody for being religious…But you’re fooling yourself, if you think religion “has the answers”…Religion has dictations, rules, ceremonies and mythologies…It might uplift peoples spirits sometimes…It might incorporate some good principles…It might even be very interesting…but it is not an objective way to understand the world…and far to often, it is detrimental to such a cause.
…And, people are not without meaning, on account of being without religion.
I’m not going to judge anyone for it, if religion tickles their fancy…but I do find it to be one of the poorer sources of meaning in life.
4) The “sexual revolution” has never gone anywhere near far enough. Frankly, I view it’s self congratulatory mention, as being little more than virtue signaling…or even mockery, towards those who’ve been abandoned by it.
5) Don’t equate non-religious order, with “making up new religions”! Religions are a particular sort of thing, often hinging on faith and unprovable claims…and they are mostly about controlling people.
Commitment to honesty, objectivity, research and science, is not the same thing…at all.