Monday, November 1, 2010
Peter Singer reminds us that not so long ago any form of sexual expression that did not result in the conception of a child was perceived to be, at best, wanton lust, or at worst, a perversion. Over time we’re seeing that, one by one, taboos are falling, and bigots and stigmatisers progressively becoming defeated. Thankfully, most people aren’t offended by the idea of more creative, alternative expressions to the traditional, “let’s make a baby and nothing more” method between two people, or by solitary practices and indulgences, which in some faiths are still acknowledged as a form of ‘self-abuse’. Things like contraception, homosexuality and pornography had all at one point in time provoked widespread moral panic and are now widely accepted with applause and enthusiasm.