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What, exactly, is ‘modern’ society?

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By Mark Azzara

Dear Friend,

I have remarked frequently about the hypersexualization of “modern” society, and a new survey finds that this kind of behavior is increasingly acceptable in the U.S.

The survey showed that the percentage of Americans who consider pornography to be morally acceptable is up 7 percent from a year ago – more than in all the other years of this decade combined.

I also saw two videos on legit news websites in which women who work in the porn industry, one as the owner of a rapidly growing website and the other as a well-known performer in explicit sex videos, defended their work and protested the violence against other women who are involved in that work.

The women in these videos talk about being entrepreneurs and performers. What they fail to mention is the effect their products have on those who view them. That’s like a drug dealer calling himself a businessman while ignoring his responsibility for the opioid crisis.

There is no justification for porn. None. Zero. And I don’t care in the least if that offends those who talk about “modernizing” our concepts of sex. Rather than being an expression of love, sex is increasingly becoming an exercise in control – specifically, men controlling women or women gratifying men in order to control them.

There is a lot of money to be made off of men who want what they can’t have and who refuse to address what they need rather than merely what they want. And those who sew this wind should not be surprised if others reap the whirlwind.

Relationships between men and women are problematic enough without exacerbating them by portraying relationships as self-centered, abusive, casual, and occasionally violent.

If this is a demonstration of “modern” society then I’d appreciate it if someone could give me a “modern” definition of “modern.”

All God’s blessings – Mark

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Mark Azzara

About Mark Azzara

Mark Azzara spent 45 years in print journalism, most of them with the Waterbury Republican in Connecticut, where he was a features writer with a special focus on religion at the time of his retirement. He also worked for newspapers in New Haven and Danbury, Conn. At the latter paper, while sports editor, he won a national first-place writing award on college baseball. Azzara also has served as the only admissions recruiter for a small Catholic college in Connecticut and wrote a self-published book on spirituality, "And So Are You." He is active in his church and facilitates two Christian study groups for men. Azzara grew up in southern California, graduating from Cal State Los Angeles. He holds a master's degree from the University of Connecticut.

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