13 May 2010

If an aging sex symbol can see the truth...

Some people out in the blogosphere have made a little hay over Raquel Welch's recent article for CNN. First and foremost, this means I can now publish a non gratuitous picture of Ms. Welch.

Hey, baby.

The gist of Ms Welch's article is a reflection upon the last fifty years of the Sexual Revolution.  She finds that not all the benefits have been positive, and lays some blame on The Pill, which has divorced sexuality from reporduction, and has resulted in a loosening of sexual morals: "One significant, and enduring, effect of The Pill on female sexual attitudes during the 60's, was: "Now we can have sex anytime we want, without the consequences. Hallelujah, let's party!"  It remains this way. These days, nobody seems able to "keep it in their pants" or honor a commitment!"

Ms. Welch also claims that, despite four marriages on her part, she still believes marriage and the family to be the bedrock of modern society, and is deeply concerned about the direction society is taking.  Her money quotation:

Seriously, folks, if an aging sex symbol like me starts waving the red flag of caution over how low moral standards have plummeted, you know it's gotta be pretty bad. In fact, it's precisely because of the sexy image I've had that it's important for me to speak up and say: Come on girls! Time to pull up our socks! We're capable of so much better.

There are several things I would like to comment on here.  First, it is curious that after CNN published this rather straighforward, rather tame opinion piece, they immediately distance themselves from its content by publishing a disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Raquel Welch.

Second, I am glad that Ms Welch can see some of the truth and felt motivated to write about it.  It is unfortunate that her intended target- the girls of the final paragraph- probably have no idea who she is and therefore her word will carry little or no weight with them. Still, she tried, and that is important.

Lastly, and this is a thought that occurs to me whenever a celebrity speaks on any topic, whether I agree with them or not:  Why does anyone pay any attention to celebrities at all? But that, I think, merits another post entirely.

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