We Need to Have a Pluralistic, Open-Minded Debate About Your Sex Life


By Anne Scombe ’16


America is changing, and so are our moral values and sexual ethics. I appreciate several of the changes that have happened in our culture over the last few decades, but just because college campuses are becoming more liberal does not mean that we can silence the important, necessary debate about other people’s private lives. We need to consider all points of view and have a pluralistic debate about your sex lives.

Back in the day, it was taken for granted that everyone had a say in who you should have sex with. But it is a painful truth that, for several years now, some radical leftists have been spreading the notion that not everyone can weigh in on a person’s sex life. This viewpoint, which opposes our free speech by arguing that our religion should not determine public policy, is insidious and far-reaching, and it has taken over Princeton’s campus.

When LGBT radicals argue that we can’t have a debate about whom they want to have sex with, an important dissenting opinion on campus gets drowned out. When they try to force gay marriage on a country in which only a moderately sizeable majority supports it, they violate some rights we’re pretty sure we have. When they kick us out of the LGBT center for being “bigoted,” they implicitly deny our right to tell them what to do.

Is this the kind of campus environment we want? An environment where people are free to make their own choices regarding their genitalia? A place where homosexual people, and heterosexuals who engage in pre-marital sex, are allowed to be themselves without being subjected to loud calls for them to stop fornicating and read the Bible?

We have to have a debate on this, lest people start rampantly making their own decisions. Unchecked, this plague of not consulting us before having sex threatens to destroy the conservative values that, as far as we can tell, have existed and been embraced by every society ever right up until the Stonewall Riots. We have to consider all viewpoints when it comes to your sex business. If we can’t have a debate on this, the Anscombe Society serves no purpose.


– SBW ’15.

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