Desire, Duty and Dynamite

At the heart of both environmental and sexual ethics in recent years, though, is a general realization that there are natural limits to our bodies, our selves, and our world that cannot be transcended or avoided without severe harm. The recent #MeToo movement, for example, is seeking to impose a set of constraints to deal with the chaos and wickedness unleashed by proclaiming sexual freedom” without limits even as the environmental movement recognized that we could not go about dynamiting and dumping as we pleased without consequences. Is it any surprise that the era in which we were burning the most carbon was also the time period in which we were casting off the sexual mores that had guided us for millenia?

Matthew Loftus, Desire, Duty and Dynamite

April 1, 2019


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