The Argument for Celibacy
How could someone explain America’s loosening view of sexual intercourse over recent decades? Have our moral standards changed so much that they now accept or even encourage frequent sex? Is it just a method of rebellion as people attempt to fight conservative societal views? Perhaps we just wish to fight those who instill inhibitive ideas on us, and our forms of freedom – in this case, that of our bodies.
Has American media’s desire for revenue and profit caused an increased sway towards what was previously deemed inappropriate? Thomas Jefferson even once said that “man is an imitative animal”.
Is America just experiencing a spontaneous hormone rush? Is it possible for a society to experience its own version of puberty? Or has America just always been horny and never shown it? After all, the 70-year-old chick from The Wedding Singer screwed the modern equivalent of 200 men before she got married, didn’t she?
One can speculate on these ideas, probably others as well, and not really get anywhere. They’ve all contributed to modern attitudes towards sex. But beneath all the sexual innuendos of American entertainment, the social standards of acceptance based on sexual practices, and all of the Saturday night hoopla over who’s going to get laid first and how many beers it will take, there is a subtle current of those who look in the other direction. Imagine this – some people are actually happy without getting any.
You can reread that last sentence if you have to. That’s why it’s there.
Not all people consider it a priority to do push-ups the hard way every weekend. In fact, some consider it a priority not to. These people are celibates, and they’re not ashamed to admit it. They’re proud of it. Ridicule them as you may, but they often have very good reasons to refrain from the common practices regarding sexual intercourse, and all the cultural side dishes that accompany it.
Where will you find them? Yeah, church. We know. Where else? The reality is that they can be found in the same places as everyone else. You just may not realize it. Be that as it may, these people follow a different code on how, when and why they would or would not participate in sexual activity.
There can be several motives why people decide to engage in sex. You know them. Everyone does. And of course, mostly for married folk, there’s the desire to have children. Other than that, all of those motives really originate, whether directly or indirectly, from the basic biological urge that makes us all crave sex. The difference between celibacy and the casual sexual attitude in today’s society is how a person decides to react to that urge and the various other motives that stem from it.
As there are different reasons why people have sex, there can also be varying reasons why people don’t. The most obvious one is health risks, and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. However, when compared to most other reasons, this one...