Adult Sexuality In Today’s World
A lot has changed since the times that religion was the defining influential force in crafting social norms. At one time in human history, everything from dietary customs to land ownership was guided by religious institutions. Some of these dogmatic decrees had practical intentions; lack of proper food storage and the ability to keep pork products fresh for useful periods of time made Jewish and Islamic prohibition of their consumption beneficial to those communities. But as civilization has matured and individual people are more informed to exercise more self-determination, religious and social traditions are becoming increasingly perceived as unnecessarily restrictive. Nowhere is this perception as acute as when it comes to individual sexual behavior.
Marriage was at one time the only acceptable circumstance in which to engage in sexual intercourse in most cultures. The term fornication was used to describe the act outside of marriage, and it was considered one of the most sinful acts to the social and religious customs of the day. Even more offensive to these values were homosexuality and bisexuality. This is odd, because in ancient times, both forms of alternative sexuality were commonplace and practiced among the more influential members of civilization (political leaders, philosophers and soldiers of ancient Rome and Greece). But as paganism gave way to Judeo-Christian influence and Islamic dogma along with Eastern philosophic orders, sexuality became an example of moral weakness.
As with other practices, little was known about the physical and social consequences of regular sexual intercourse other than the possibility of unwanted pregnancies. But as medical and psychological literature began to shed light on healthy, sexual behavior while sciences began to observe examples of alternative sexuality in nature, people started to express a willingness to determine for themselves what constituted preferable sexual behavior and what didn’t.
The forces of traditionalism inevitably reacted. Today, in countries all over the world, those who express opinions of social progressivism feel they can decide for themselves which sexual acts are immoral and harmful better than those influences by older social customs in an ever-changing world. Those who sympathize with social traditionalism take offense at any attempt for an individual to operate sexually independent of recognized, and often discredited, social sexual traditions. The fight for homosexuals and bisexuals to have their humanity accepted despite their contrast to the majority of people has led to unfair dehumanization of their identity and their increasingly scientifically-proven natural sexual behavior. Society is starting to recognize with regard to sexual intercourse that your sexual behavior should be considered valid if you are not hurting yourself or, in any demonstrably-explicit manner, anyone else in the process. If you aren’t hurting yourself or anyone else, it doesn’t not matter what someone else thinks about your sexuality.