Another polar reversal: porn & casual sex AND cigarettes

vintage cigarette ads

JP: Two articles like Food and Sex: A polar reversal in 50 years. Both are from Focus on the Family’s boundlessline.org. See my additional comments below the quotes. The image above is a vintage cigarette advertisement from the 1940’s.

Porn’s Rise and Smoking’s Demise

Excerpt:

According to this article from Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, attitudes about pornography and tobacco have switched places in the last 50 years. Meaning, most people in our grandparent’s generation thought that smoking was simply a personal preference and that pornography was morally wrong. Today, most people find smoking “disgusting” and think pornography is a matter of individual taste.

Casual Sex and Cigarettes

Excerpt:

… today’s New York Times … ask[s] some New York college students the real important stuff like “Do you smoke?” and “How many more people do you think you’ll sleep with before you get married?”

But never mind the questions, what’s interesting is the responses.

These young women being interviewed are all indignant about the health risks of tobacco but seem to have no concern whatsoever about the risks of having multiple sex partners.

Maybe it’s all those benign herpes medication ads that make it seem like casual sex would be worth an incurable sexual infection. I mean, compare those to the anti-tobacco ads from The Truth. You remember the one with all the body bags and scary facts like, “Hydrogen cyanide is found in cigarette smoke. Hydrogen cyanide is also in rat poison.”

Imagine if it were politically correct to do similar “truth” ads about the risks of casual sex. Maybe New York college students would be just as wary of having up to 30 sexual partners as they are about cigarettes.

JP: I post this because it emphasizes the tectonic shift of morality in a little more than a generation. What was abhorred half a century ago is the new normal in the 21st century. As Christians we need to uphold traditional Biblical morality, even as our society decays around us. As an aside, smoking is a dirty filthy habit. My Father smoked for over 60 years so I know something about the consequences of tobacco use!

Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. (Hebrews 13:4)

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