Raquel Welch, an award-winning American actress and widely recognized sex-symbol who entered the Hollywood scene in the 1960's, wrote an editorial for CNN recently called "It's sex o'clock in America." She beings by talking about the impact of contraception on women's sexual choices, and how the "sexual revolution" affected her own life. And then she says something unexpected: "But if I'd had a different attitude about sex, conception and responsibility, things would have been very different."
She then launches into an eloquent homily that sounds more like a conservative traditionalist on a soap box. She decries the lack of commitment in relationships, hails marriage as a "cornerstone of civilization" that provides a "sanctuary for children," and expresses her disappointment at how "sexual freedom" has taken the caution and discernment out of choosing a sexual partner ("which used to be equivalent to choosing a life partner," she adds.)
I'm both impressed and baffled by the fact that someone like Welch - who spent her entire career carrying an image that epitomized sexual liberation - can turn around and harshly criticize society's deteriorating moral standards.
"Seriously, folks, if an aging sex symbol like me starts waving the red flag of caution over how low moral standards have plummeted, you know it's gotta be pretty bad. In fact, it's precisely because of the sexy image I've had that it's important for me to speak up and say, Come on girls! Time to pull up our socks! We're capable of so much better."
I couldn't have said it better myself.