THE Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) recently summoned the producers and directors of the hit TV show "Til I Met You" for words and portrayals they deemed unfit for TV. At the center of the issue was the line from the October 26 episode casually stating, "sex lang 'yan." However you put it, this line is a mockery of what sex is and what it is made for.
When we analyze what sex is, we see that it unites the two people involved. Furthermore, it leaves a permanent mark on people: physically, emotionally, mentally. And such an act that cries out for permanence also has a possible permanent fruit, a child. This logic alone indicates that sex is for people with a permanent commitment, which is marriage.
Unfortunately, attitudes towards sex have turned inwards. The modern culture tells us that anyone can have sex with anybody, regardless of love or consequences. It treats it not as love-making and life-bearing, but as a toy for casual fun. And if there are consequences, they teach that either you prevent them by contraception or even worse, in some countries, abortion is offered.
In a later scene, after a night of passion, Nadine Lustre's character Iris wakes up and soon gets emotional. She asks James Reid's character Basti, "Baka iiwan mo na ako, kasi nakuha mo na ako." This reflects how many young people feel after such experiences and it can wound them deeply because often they are dumped by their partners afterwards.
Many people might put this argument down and say that this is "just" a religious issue. Well, until this sentence, I have been using simple logic and human psychology to prove my point. If we go by the teachings of the Lord, well He will also tell us that sex belongs in marriage because He created it.
All in all, our society continues to shoot itself in the foot by saying that we must reduce unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease while at the same time trivializing sex and treating it as a play thing.--from Gerard Biagan
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 05, 2016.
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