‘It does not matter,’ said one of the hippie looking teenager. Sex is not a big deal amongst rebellious teenagers who gather together every year in a ‘Spring break’ fashion. It was not just a brave statement but more of a demonstration as this statement is followed by the young gentlemen grabbing a fair sex’s bottom, poses while being sandwiched between two girls and unabashedly kisses and is being kissed just like that. He managed to convince me that sex does not mean anything at all other than a mere act of pleasure.
While I agree that we are not compelled to remain gods and goddesses of chastity in this century and we are all sexual opportunists in one way or the other, I find it difficult to see this revolution as liberating. Should sex mean nothing or should it matter to us? I entertained a debate in my head. On one hand, the sexual revolution means that youngsters have acknowledge pleasure or desire for what it is and do not let this drive distract them from higher aspirations in life. On the other hand, there is this inevitable growing concern that the uprising could be the beginning of moral degradation, lack of social and family values, a sense of non-belonging due to instability and insecurity issues and isolation or solitude in one’s autumn years. If the outcome of this rebellion is as above-mentioned then would it be liberation in the true sense of the term.
Being a staunch supporter of gender equity, I am glad to learn that scoring numbers is not just a masculine thing nowadays but women are equally keen to score to prove their sensuality, desirability, sex appeal etc. Would this popular trend, as projected by the documentary, hinder the development of healthy relationships in future. Would the inability of people to establish connections have a negative impact on the social milieu? The film maker did not always paint the revolution in rosy colours as there was a slight emphasis on exploitation, sexual assault etc.
Evidence of over indulgence as a young adult in such environments could pose serious threats to an individual or individuals later, especially if they are in socially responsible positions; in which case instead of feeling emancipated they would regret their reckless actions. If negative outcomes outweighs the positives, then participation in such a mutiny would be destructive rather than constructive. Would it then matter to the youth? Would it then mean something?