Trouble over sex videos

Two weeks ago, 18-year-old Tyler Clementi jumped to his death after his roommate at the Rutgers University in New York streamed online live images of him having sex with another man.

Then another steamy video of two first-year female students caused uproar in the Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) in Singapore recently, forcing the duo to leave the school.
The students were said to have had a tryst in a school toilet, where they were filmed by other students. The video was then circulated to several others in the college and in the Internet.

These may look irrelevant to us, knowing that these happened in two developed nations with a diverse culture. We have also had our own share of “video scandals and it just faded out of Quiapo after the perverts of society had grown tired of feasting on its DVDs.

Yet these two recent episodes showed how cavalier young people can be about what they post on-line. Psychologists also felt that several aspects made particularly in the ACJC case were especially disturbing.

Child experts felt that parents and counselors need to better educator the young on the consequence of their action. The ACJC incident happened in a public place and involved two girls and in a conservative society like Singapore , “something society may not accept yet.”

Although homosexual relationships have become acceptable in the United States , the   young Rutgers undergraduate student still killed himself because he couldn’t stand the embarrassment after being exposed on-line.

Here in the Philippines , we have not really gone as far as understanding the power of the Internet, but the young need to know where the boundaries are.

We are still in the process of discussing the effects on the use of contraceptives, which the influential prelates have warned as going to make a big dent on the morals of society if liberalized.

Some clergymen are even threatening to launch “civil disobedience” and excommunicate President Aquino for declaring his support on the use of contraceptives. This is taboo to the church, although it is no longer considered immoral by our policy makers who would want to control the country’s fast-growing population.

As I see it, the church has become so engrossed in its so-called “pro-life” campaign that it is ignoring the fact that advances in technology and not just contraceptives are the real threat to the morals of society.

I have always espoused a pro-life advocacy, but I don’t think we can still stop Mr. Aquino and the government in liberalizing family planning methods in this country.

We have a government that believes in “pro-choice”, but the church continues to have an obligation to guide its flock to ensure that proper morals are instilled in society, with or without the government’s imprimatur.

Do we need to experience similar incidents like the ACJC episode and the Clementi suicide case to tell us that we need to stop the debate on contraceptives and start looking at the problem of how our young people are fast losing their morals?

One day we might just wake up and find that the steamy sex videos of young Filipinos have also flooded the internet, and we can’t do something about their consequences.

The church, if indeed it is influential enough to shape society, should also prepare our young people on the consequences of their actions because of advancements in the information and communication technology. Perhaps our prelates can also accept the fact that homosexuality is here to stay even if this continue to be taboo to a Christian-dominated society like the Philippines. Joel Paredes

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