February 06, 2004
choice guide obscenity not law
anyone else tired of hearing about Janet Jacksons
mishap in Sundays Super Bowl?
If you read on you will hear yet another view about it.
Why is this so important for me to talk about?
I feel that this, along with the Madonna incident last
year, shows a rather alarming trait that Americans have
developed. It seems the human body has become more abhorrent
Even football is little more than violence organized by
a system of rules. Without the rules, it is basically
gang violence. They wear colors to represent their team.
They beat up on each other constantly to get a ball. They
use cheerleaders to placate the sexual needs of their
fans. When they are not attacking each other, they are
trying to get us to buy things that we dont need
and have developed quite an addiction for.
Gangs sell drugs and stolen goods. Football players sell
shoes, clothes and drinks by endorsing them.
People say that their children shouldnt be allowed
to see nudity. Regardless of gender, we all have nipples.
In spite of this, when a bare breast is exposed at a football
game, the camera quickly cuts away. They are more than
happy to focus the camera on a football player that just
had his neck broken, but nudity might cause emotional
The taboo we place on nudity creates the sexual reaction.
Germany is much more open about sexuality, yet has 72
percent less rapes per capita, according to Nationmaster.com.
Britain has the most incidence of rape per capita in Europe
and still has only 43 percent as much as the United States.
In light of that, shouldnt we encourage our citizens
to be more open?
Religious groups tend to be the core of the Republican
party, so its no surprise that Republicans started limiting
what is broadcasted and have pushed to increase regulation
Ironically, this is the same party that believes in letting
the market solve its own problems. Demand should decrease
if obscene programs are shown, and then the stations will
pull them. Should the market fail, it should be the Christian
groups that call for an end to regulation on morality.
A major premise in Christianity is making the choice to
be virtuous. St. Thomas Aquinas said that not all vice
should be punishable by law. If law punished every immoral
act, that wouldnt be choice, it would be coercion.
People would be moral out of fear of punishment, which
is not the same as being voluntarily virtuous. Also, if
the human body is made in Gods image, why is it
considered obscene? Despite this, Christian groups are
leading the charge to censor television.
So here are some crazy thoughts. If you like what is on,
then watch it. If you are offended, then turn it off.
If your children see something you dont want them
to, explain what it is and why they should not do it.
If enough people stop watching, then it wont air
again and there is no need for the government to interfere.
Most of all, remember that even if you are offended by
Jacksons Super Bowl flop, the rest of us would just
like to have a good laugh and move on.
Chatman is a sophomore news-editorial journalism major
from Fort Worth.