Mature cinema-goers may recall Jane Fonda playing a prostitute by the name of Bree Daniels in the 1971 film Klute. Today, however, the active grandma is enjoying her new role as a sex education activist – and educator, without police sirens in the background. Fonda, you see, is on a mission to promote sexual maturity. I’m just not sure if she’s up to the job.
Most recently (and hilariously for that matter) the controversial activist wrote:
In 2001 Dr Satcher issued a remarkable Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior. This Call to Action recognized that sexuality and religion are profoundly intertwined in the U.S. Religious institutions are critical to public understanding of sexuality and sexual health and how these things are essential to a person’s mental, spiritual, physical and relational health. We are not a sexually mature nation. This is partly why 19 million Americans annually are infected with sexually transmitted diseases (STD); 1 In 4 teenagers have an STD which can lead to grave complications and infertility; 1.1 million are infected with HIV; 1 in 4 teenagers are victims of sexual abuse.
One problem with Fonda’s “immaturity” thesis is that it ignores the fact that conservative-minded communities are more likely to raise STD-free citizens than (say) San Francisco’s adults-only libertarian communities. Indeed it would be fairer to say: there are sexually immature and sexually mature regions within the United States.
Despite what Hollywood teaches us, most religious families just want the state to leave them alone and get on with educating their kids their way. Besides, they’re doing a very good job. Or to put it another way, places like Utah are saving taxpayers millions. Do we need another call to action or a call to open Hollywood’s ears and eyes? Upon reflection, the question seems easy enough to answer. After all it isn’t hard to win the argument that Pennsylvania’s Amish are doing just fine without Hollywood-inspired sex education campaigns.
Also relevant is the fact that look-at-me celebrities, like Jane Fonda, are not the best people to judge what is and isn’t “sexually mature.” Or to paraphrase Rabbi Lapin: What’s the deal with people flaunting sex publicly while claiming it is a private matter between consenting adults? If Fonda wants to inject religion into the debate then she’ll have to deal with religious arguments.
In the movie Klute, viewers meet a needy New York prostitute who appears happy with her sexual freedoms and various positions. But then visits to a psychiatrist reveal that Fonda’s sad character is ready to quit the “profession.” Thankfully, middle Americans are not sexually immature hookers in need of life-lessons.
Ben-Peter Terpstra is an Australian satirist and cartoon lover. His works have been posted on numerous sites from American Thinker (California) to Quadrant Online (Sydney, Australia). For more information, see Pizza Trays and Beer Bottles.