On the issue of pornography, the New York Times has just given us an example of what moral surrender looks like.
The cover story of the magazine is titled, “What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn.”
The main argument is that pornography has become the main vehicle for sex education amongst American teenagers. Access appears to be such a given in terms of the adolescent experience in our nation today that the New York Times Magazine article is mostly important because of its central message: This is simply a reality you’re going to have to find a way to deal with it.
In one amazing paragraph, the author—Maggie Jones—actually suggests that the moral issue is not whether or not teenagers are looking at pornography, but what kind of pornography they are viewing and whether or not it brings out a certain form of sexism in them.
It’s as if—as a society—we’re really past the ability to render moral judgment.
It’s another dark milestone in the moral context of our culture.