GQ: Your new movie is called Friends with Benefits. Ever been in one of those relationships?
Mila Kunis: Oy. I haven’t, but I can give you my stance on it: It’s like communism—good in theory, in execution it fails. Friends of mine have done it, and it never ends well. Why do people put themselves through that torture?
And this is Kunis’s SECOND thing she’s done this week to get on conservatives’ good side. Earlier she accepted an invitation to the Marines Ball.
Now she comes out both against promiscuity AND communism in one sentence.
What’s she going to do next? Come out as a Tea Partier?
Note to self: it’s probably time to finally get around to picking up Black Swan on Blu-Ray.
This whole subject actually relates to a popular post yesterday at PJ Lifestlye: Dr. Helen’s highlighting of Erica Jong’s observations of a shift in sexual morality among young women today:
I was fascinated to see, among younger women, a nostalgia for ’50s-era attitudes toward sexuality. The older writers in my anthology are raunchier than the younger writers. The younger writers are obsessed with motherhood and monogamy.
Just as the watchword of my generation was freedom, that of my daughter’s generation seems to be control. Is this just the predictable swing of the pendulum or a new passion for order in an ever more chaotic world? A little of both. We idealized open marriage; our daughters are back to idealizing monogamy. We were unable to extinguish the lust for propriety.
Don’t expect the trend of a rebellious youth culture to continue indefinitely. My peers and I (Generation Y comprises those born 1982-2000 or so) are in some ways more socially conservative. This fits with a lot of the empirical data that Howe and Strauss collected in their book Millennials Rising. (See this Ben Shapiro piece at The Weekly Standard for more.) We’re not prudish or anti-sex at all. But casual sex with partners you barely know is disgusting and dangerous. Honestly, even with a condom one might as well be sticking their privates in a blender — the damage done would be comparable. How is it a pro-sex or cool or sexy position to want to engage in behavior that can destroy one’s ability to enjoy sex?
And yes, after multiple generations that exploded the divorce rate in this country, you’ve got plenty of young people who are taking the institution of marriage a bit more seriously. (But don’t expect this to necessarily translate to being against gay marriage.)
The idea of being married to one person for 100 years or so (yes, the increase of technology is going to radically extend lifespan over the 21st century) sounds fine to me. Building a marriage is building a family — and institution-building is what civic generations have been known for throughout American history.
Mila Kunis was born in 1983. Don’t be surprised if you start seeing more of this kind of thing in the coming years as more Gen Ys begin to rise into prominence in the culture. It’ll be much easier to see once the Gen Ys born in the mid ’90s get older.
Here’s hoping Kunis’s new movie is good (warning: trailer on the next page has a few profanities near the end).