The #MeToo movement is bringing about a radical reconsideration of the sexual revolution and its implications, according to leading female Christian scholars.
Hundreds of women attended an event jointly presented by the Washington-based Catholic Women’s Forum of the Ethics & Public Policy Center and the Center for Ethics and Culture of Notre Dame on Thursday where several female professionals surveyed the cultural landscape five decades after the start of the sexual revolution.
The panelists and speakers explored the breadth of medical, psychological, mental, and other physical and spiritual harms that have plagued women in particular. And despite all the carnage that has come about since the ’60s, some suggest a “rebirth” of God’s design for sex is possible since “truth wins” in the end, they maintain.
“The #MeToo movement has forced us to confront the reality that when it comes to sexual politics, women remain very much at risk,” said Suzanne Hollman, an academic dean and program director of a doctoral program in clinical psychology at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences at Divine Mercy University.
“The sexual revolution over promised a landscape that would allow women to experience ‘no strings attached,’ sex without physical or emotional risk,” Hollman said. “It is possible that women now feel more pressure to appear free, emotionally unaffected and to consent even when not entirely comfortable.”
Yet the sexual pleasure of men still seems to be of greatest importance, Hollman went on to say, “in which case, the sexual revolution was not that revolutionary at all.”
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington, opened the discussion by recounting the words of warning from Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae, an encyclical addressing birth control which turns 50 this year. Many believe the papal document, which was widely reviled at the time of its publication, has proven prophetic.
Widespread outrage over sexual misconduct in the workplace and in the broader culture that has condoned it has remained in public discourse since the downfalls of once thought untouchable figures like Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer.
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Source: Christian Post