The culture’s cheapening and commodifying of sex has swept over us like waves of multiple tsunamis which have erased so many of the previous moral landmarks leaving us on terra incognito. Thus the outrage at the sexual shenanigans of men like Weinstein and Lauer and Cosby caught me by surprise. I was caught unawares that there could be a serious backlash against men behaving badly when men and women behaving badly has been the big push of Hollywood and the internet and culture in general. When women are objectified and made to play the role of pleasuring men who are not interested in their persons but only in their bodies, and when sexual libertinism is undermined by male sexual license (where women are objectified and oppressed) there will be a visceral reaction in spite of the philosophy (sexual libertinism) embraced so wholeheartedly.
Over against the perceived amorality of sexual libertinism that has helped to mask male sexual license is the feminist movement dedicated to the full personhood and dignity and equality of women. Our culture glorifies two opposing trends – women as objects and women as subjects. The #MeToo movement is the inevitable flashpoint of two opposing trends equally promoted. It is object becoming subject and acting instead of being acted upon. The #MeToo movement is what happens when the rock of sexual libertinism meets the hard place of a woman’s dignity.
The unrestricted freedom of sexual libertinism becomes constraint and force when it expresses itself as male sexual license. When there is freedom, both male and female are subjects, but when freedom is removed and force takes its place, the female as subject becomes the female as object. Thus the #MeToo movement. But here’s the dilemma from my perspective, as long as women promote sexual libertinism, they will play an active role in fueling male sexual license. Fallen nature, unconstrained by the Holy Spirit and natural law, has no brakes. As casual sex is glorified and celebrated, male sexual license will make an object out of the one who desires to be subject.
Male sexual license was certainly on the prowl when the nation was informed by the Judeo-Christian ethic, when there was a “Thus saith the Lord” lurking somewhere in the background acting somewhat as a constraint. In contrast, the #MeToo movement is a “Thus saith woman” and it doesn’t carry the same authority and therefore will do nothing to curb male sexual license – men will only become more cunning. The ethic of sexual libertinism, the very ethic championed by so many women, serves to make women ongoingly and increasingly vulnerable to objectification and therefore oppression and exploitation. One may think that the principles of sexual libertinism and the principles upholding the dignity of women are philosophically compatible, yet the practice of sexual libertinism works against the principles of the Feminist Movement. The principles of sexual libertinism undermine the dignity of both women and men.
Am I saying that women are the reason men behave badly? Yes, I am to a point. But I think that for the most part women are unwitting co-conspirators in a philosophy of life that doesn’t take into account the fallenness of human nature. To me, the Achille’s heel of Communism was not only bad theology, but bad anthropology – it didn’t take into account the fallenness of man. Their utopia turned into a gulag. The #MeToo movement is a testament to the bad anthropology of sexual libertinism. The utopia of sexual libertinism serves only to enlarge the gulag of oppression and exploitation.