The Sexual Revolution must be understood as a process, or else it becomes incomprehensible. Those who promote it will never be satisfied with its present phase. They will always be pushing the envelope to the next new aberration. Few people ask, however, what the next new sexual frontier will be.
No one should be shocked at what will come next. Nothing should be ruled out. The only exception to this rule is a return to chastity and modesty. Such moral practices are deemed impossible to practice—even though they were observed for centuries during the times of Christian civilization.
How the Sexual Revolution Progresses
Two things are certain. There will be new behavior, and its introduction will be gradual. This revolution always progresses only to the extent that it finds acceptance by society. It thrives by wearing down the resistance of moral structures, habits and practices. It finally seeks to give each new phase the protection of the law.
When one aberration is accepted, everyone thinks there will be no further developments. However, this lie is soon unmasked when the next phase is proposed.
The Transgender Agenda—the Present Phase
Thus, the present phase of the Sexual Revolution is the transgender agenda—a step that was proposed immediately after the imposition of same-sex “marriage.”
The transgender agenda allows people of one sex to mutilate themselves surgically and chemically to appear like the other sex. It also permits people to self-identify as any number of imaginary “genders” that express their psychological state. Finally, transgender activists seek to get the government to recognize, finance and legally protect their declared state. It even threatens those who refuse to accept the charade with penalties.
As this transgender process advances, the natural question is: What comes after the transgender phase? One new practice on the horizon (not the only one), is legally protected sexual groupings.
Consensual Non-Monogamous Relationships
Indeed, the American Psychological Association (APA) has just formed a task force to promote what it calls “consensual non-monogamy relationships” (CNM). The APA is also circulating a petition seeking to secure legally protected class status for individuals with multiple sex partners.
In its Facebook page, the task force does not hide its agenda. It openly seeks to promote “awareness and inclusivity about consensual non-monogamy and diverse expressions of intimate relationships.” The post defines this to include “people who practice polyamory, open relationships, swinging, relationship anarchy and other types of ethical non-monogamous relationships.” The meaning is clear.
This next sexual frontier is not independent of the present LGBTQ+ efforts to gain acceptance. It is part of the same process. Thus, the APA’s division on sexual orientation and “gender diversity” directs the project. A team of more than 85 professionals is working on 12 initiatives. It will build upon it's past “gender diversity” activism and extend its concepts to multi-personal sexual relationships that they hope will be legally validated.
Changing the Parameters of “Love”
“Finding love and/or sexual intimacy is a central part of most people’s life experience,” states the task force Facebook page. “However, the ability to engage in desired intimacy without social and medical stigmatization is not a liberty for all. This Task Force seeks to address the needs of people who practice consensual non-monogamy, including their intersecting marginalized identities.”
The nation’s premier association of psychologists is clearly setting policy, not treating illnesses. Its goal of making any consensually non-monogamous relationships acceptable follows the same template as that used for the free love, homosexual and transgender phases of the Sexual Revolution.
In this case, the old binary way of looking at relationships in terms of couples is now outdated. Legal recognition is no longer sought between a man or woman or even a man and a man. Now it is between a man, a woman, another man and any number of others who want to be included.
Making Sexual Groupings Mainstream
The goal is clearly to make any sexual grouping mainstream. The task force will develop fact sheets, brochures, reading lists and therapy recommendations. It will treat what was once considered seriously disordered and sinful as a means of “finding love.”
The onus of wrong is shifted from those who participate in these relationships to those who are not inclusive enough to accept them. The social stigma once attached to this sexual anarchy is now shifted to those who refuse to accept it as normal.
With consensual non-monogamous relationships being the next major step in the process, they pave the way for worse things.
The Road to Nihilism
This is sexual anarchy.
To understand the Sexual Revolution, one must see it as a process leading to anarchy and nihilism. Its revolutionaries will always be searching for ever more anarchical manifestations of sexuality. They will always give free rein to unbridled passions on the path to self-annihilation. All taboos must be overturned. Everyone must accept all behaviors, which must be given protection of the law.
Thus, transgenderism and consensual non-monogamous relationships are only transitional phases. After them, there will be other moral aberrations to follow—incest, masochism, pedophilia perhaps or other practices that already exist in macabre subcultures on the dark side of sexuality.
The only effective way to fight against the Sexual Revolution is with Christian morality. Only the Church has the moral principles, practices and grace to overcome the depravity that can come from fallen nature. That is why the Culture War is so important and must never be abandoned.
John Horvat II is a scholar, researcher, educator, international speaker, and author of the book Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Soceity--Where We've Been, How We Go Here, and Where We Need to Go. He lives in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, where he is the vice president of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property.