Cul­tural losses

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

“Though the move­ment [the Rev. Jerr y] Fal­well helped launch was un­able to en­act much of its agenda into law, there is no ques­tion that it trans­formed the Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal land­scape. [. . .]

“De­spite th­ese po­lit­i­cal in­roads, Fal­well’s brand of re­li­gious con­ser­vatism has suf­fered losses in the cul­ture wars. Fem­i­nism, its rad­i­cal ex­cesses mostly dis­carded, has be­come firmly in­te­grated into Amer­ica’s cul­tural main­stream. [. . . ] Ac­cep­tance of gays is now at a level that would have been un­think­able in 1980. Sex­ual con­tent in main­stream en­ter­tain­ment has steadily in­creased, and adult­sonly ma­te­rial is more avail­able than ever, thanks to new tech­nolo­gies. While di­vorce rates have dropped some­what, so have marr iage rates; in much of Amer­ica, sex be­tween sin­gle adults is widely ac­cepted as a so­cial norm.”

— Cathy Young, writ­ing on “Jerr y Fal­well’s Para­dox­i­cal Legacy,” in the Au­gust/Septem­ber is­sue of Rea­son

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