“Sex Is Sexist”

“American society… has torn down [the] hedge of protection [of cultural norms]. In doing so, we have left our adolescents and young women naked, uncovered, and unprotected.”[1]

The dating landscape has changed. Back in my parent’s day, there were subtle (and not so subtle) cultural expectations  for how a man and a woman were supposed to relate to one another in regards to romance, dating, and sex.  But today, the argument can be made, that those expectations are all but non-existent.

Some would say that this freedom from cultural “rules” has liberated us from our hang-ups and has created an equal playing ground for the sexes.  However, others, such as the authors from Girls Uncovered, would disagree.

Girls Uncovered: New Research on What America’s Sexual Culture Does to Young Women by M.D. Joe S. McIlhaney Jr MD ,  M.D. Freda McKissi Bush MD and Stan Guthrie

This is a book written by doctors (obstetricians/gynecologists) who have treated numerous women during their active years of medical practice. From their first-hand accounts they have seen how “sex is sexist”.[2]  Meaning, oftentimes it’s the women who bear the consequences of premarital/extramarital sexual activity via unplanned pregnancy, sexual transmitted infections (STIs), and emotional fall-out.

I realize that when it comes to negative statistics about non-marital sexual activity, there are more than a few skeptics.  But I found this book to be eye opening. The authors do a good job of laying a case for why casual sex and non-committed relationships may have farther reaching consequences than many people (certainly youth) realize.

In a day and age, where we have the freedom to do whatever we want (especially in the bedroom), we are not free from the consequences1 Corinthians 10:23.

All in all, this book is a reminder to me that there is great value in choosing to submit one’s sexuality to the authority of Christ. In my opinion, this book is a good read.


[1] McIlhaney Jr., Joe S., Freda McKissic Bush, and Stan Guthrie, Girls Uncovered: new research on what America’s sexual culture does to young women (Chicago: Northfield Publishing, 2011),19.

[2] McIlhaney Jr., Joe S., Freda McKissic Bush, and Stan Guthrie, Girls Uncovered: new research on what America’s sexual culture does to young women (Chicago: Northfield Publishing, 2011), 49.

Image credit: Girls Uncovered

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