Over at Salon, the apparent temple of all things sex-worship, Tracy Clark-Flory chronicles “The Year In Sex Writing,” explaining in part:
I read about sex, constantly. At least five days a week, I do a Google News search for “sex.” It’s one of the first things I do each morning. …As I look back at the year in sex writing, these are the pieces that stand out, the pieces that most validated that daily sex-news slog. (I’m excluding myself and Salon in general from the list, because to do otherwise would be lame, wouldn’t it?)
Some of the less graphic stories highlighted include:
“The Japanese Firm Selling Videogames to Women, Using Sex” by Daniel Feit
Synopsis: A journalist reports on a Tokyo gaming convention, where women line up for the chance to interact with actors modeled after characters in hugely popular dating simulators.
Choice quote: “‘We’re basically hitting on them, without being too forward,’ said Kyle Card, an actor and model who lives in Tokyo. ‘A lot of the reactions are hands over the face, unable to speak, laughing to themselves. Lots of silence.’”
“For Women In Porn, The Personal Is Political And Profitable” by Susannah Breslin
Synopsis: A look at how women are faring in the new porn industry landscape.
Choice quote: ”‘Women control the industry,’ she opines. ‘They just don’t realize the power they have.’”
A growing number of pop culture outlets possess an evangelistic zeal for the act of sex. Whether it is through ever-more visible bodies on network television or full-fledged sexually oriented nudity on premium cable, shows like Californication and Masters of Sex now compete with basic cable’s Sex Sent Me to the E.R., Strange Sex and Let’s Talk About Sex. Sex was so prevalent this year that Slate declared 2014 to be a “banner year for sex on television.”
We don’t just watch sex, we socialize over it via Facebook and Instagram. Teens don’t text, they “sext.” Normalization transitions into advocacy as activists campaign for “sex positive” attitudes that promote an acceptance of pornography, bondage, sadomasochism, and a whole host of sexual behaviors that prove to be physically and emotionally destructive to individuals and families. Women, who are most often the subject of naked sexualized depictions, have transitioned from holy mother figures to goddess whores enslaved on an altar our culture created to worship the act of sex.
The ancients worshiped ideas of love, lust and fertility in the form of idols. Today we worship sex through images that fill our screens. We are trained to honor, even bow to these images and follow their soap operas comparable to the myths written about the Greek and Roman pantheons. The only question is, will our selfies appear alongside the stone depictions of the gods and goddesses of other dead cultures one day? Frozen in time, a reflection of how and a reason why yet another great nation succumbed to its own narcissism and Bacchanalian sense of self-defeat?