An article appeared in the New York Post today that should break the heart of everyone who reads it.
Entitled “Among the Smuts”, it is an account by a teenaged girl of the hyper-sexualized atmosphere in our culture and our public schools.
It is a tragic story of a young woman who seems never to have been told of the beauty of her womanhood, the majesty of sex, and the benefits of chastity. She describes the callous way in which girls are used and discarded, and the resulting marketplace for sex. She says at one point, “lately I don’t trust any man” — and who can blame her? That wound — the lack of trust — will be hard to heal, particularly if none of the young men in her life treat her with dignity and respect. And it will be very difficult for her to enter into a good, rewarding, loving marriage unless the wound does heal.
The saddest part of this article is that it doesn’t have to be that way. Teens can make good decisions about sex, based on an appreciation for their beauty and dignity as children of God. Groups like Generation Life and Corazon Puro, as well as our Chastity Education program, offer alternatives to the degrading and depersonalizing open marketplace for meaningless sex that our culture is selling.
Our society is all too ready to give up on teens, to assume that they will make bad decisions about sex, and to offer them nothing more than latex in response.
It doesn’t have to be that way. There don’t have to be any more casualties.