Upstream. A Mohawk Valley Blogzine.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Sex In The Mohawk Valley.

It was disturbing to read the following headlines and stories in yesterday's Daily Gazette, all involving local people:

SWIM COACH FACES RAPE COUNTS.

WOMAN WHO HAD SEX WITH BOY SENTENCED.

MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SEXUAL ABUSE.


PARAMEDIC FACING CHILD PORN COUNTS.

Also there was a small article about a 40 year old man in Ephratah having sex with a 15 year old. And, of course, there was another story about the bed and breakfast in Schenectady which is really a sex club.

I know there are those who contend that all of this stuff has been going on for years, and that it is only now coming out into the open. If I were doing research on America's changing attitudes about sex, I would start with the hypothesis that we are becoming increasingly preoccupied not only with sex but with perverted sex. I would also start with the hypothesis that while this stuff went on before, the social upheavals of the 60s and 70s created the atmosphere for child pornography, molestation, adults having sex with minors, etc. to flourish. My hypothesis might be proved wrong, but that is where I would start.

The historical importance of the cultural revolution of the 60s and 70s is often overlooked. As a child of that era, I believe that this revolution was second only to the Civil War in the way it changed American life.

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