This Week in the Mercury

Sold Out


Sold Out

Portland Fashion Mysteries

Surprise! It's an Emergency!


Surprise! It's an Emergency!

They Mayor Says Portland Is in Crisis. That Might Be a Good Thing.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Those Were The Days

Posted by Dan Savage on Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 9:58 AM

The Prop 8 decision made conservative pundit Cal Thomas wax nostalgic for the 1950s—you know, a time before America lost its "moral sense."

We have been spiraling downward for some time, beginning in the ’50s with the Playboy philosophy that gave men permission to avoid the bonds of marriage if they wanted to have sex. In rapid succession came the birth control pill (sex without biological consequences), “no-fault divorce” (nullifying “until death us do part”), cohabitation, easily available pornography, and a tolerance for just about anything except those who deem something intolerable. Such persons are now labeled “bigots” when once they were thought to be pillars of society.

A nation that loses its moral sense is a nation without any sense at all.

Yeah, it's all been downhill since the 1950s—we really had us some "moral sense" back then, huh? We also had Jim Crow, segregation, lynchings, redlining, and poll taxes; "pillars of society" could beat and rape their wives without fear of prosecution; desperate women risked their lives to obtain back-alley abortions (dying from an illegal abortion was just one of those "biological consequences" that helped women maintain their "moral sense" when it came to sex); smart and ambitious women were relegated to secretary pools until they were handed valium prescriptions and incarcerated with their children in the suburbs; anti-semetism was still a respectable pastime ("restricted" country clubs, universities, suburbs); and gay people could be harassed, fired, and murdered with impunity.

Those were the days, huh?

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Comments are closed.

All contents © Index Newspapers, LLC

115 SW Ash St. Suite 600
Portland, OR 97204

Contact Info | Privacy Policy | Production Guidelines | Terms of Use | Takedown Policy