The defenders of patriarchal moral authority are waging a war to enforce the boundaries, experiences, of sexual pleasure. The frontline of this battle is a woman’s control of her fertility, her body, thus her right to an abortion and to birth control. While Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land, significant efforts at both the federal and (especially) state levels have limited a woman’s right to choose. Similarly, same-sex marriage has become legal in a half-dozen state and accepted by a plurality of the American public in numerous opinion polls, 30 states have passed laws to restrict marriage to of-age heterosexual couples.
A second front involves porn, toys and sex parties enjoyed by increasing number of consenting adults. Many champions of moral rectitude embrace unfettered, free-market values. Yet, they find unacceptable the growth of the sex industry that caterers to consenting adults and the activities these adults engage in. For many conservatives, morality trumps capitalism.
While denouncing the power of the state, these conservatives are the first to use it to impose their morality on others; for them, the state trumps the freedom of the individual to decide for her/him-self. The fight for sexual freedom is a battle for the future of America.” —David Rosen, “The Other Sex War”, CounterPunch, June 15th, 2012