I am one who represents the philosophy of many women who, if they had read Jim Mack’s article on feminism, would applaud his courage and boldness. Every response I have read to his article is wrought with insensible jargon and lack of reason, especially comments from the so-called self-wise. I come from an environment and religious philosophy where men respect women. I don’t have to worry about hearing sexually provocative language, obscene language, the name of God taken in vain. I don’t have to worry about having to inadvertently view placed advertisements for jag shows. No respectable school in my geographical area allows the propogation and showing of pornography. Both jag shows and porgnography are productions that contribute to the defamation and degradation of women. Covering one’s body shows respect for one’s self and to others. Chastity verses promiscuity shows the strength of human character and goodness, a beauty that can never be had by women who view themselves only as sexual objects. I have a healthy self-esteem, and a confidence that is deeply rooted by my understanding that I know who I am and where I come from. When women choose to be promiscuous, they lose their freedom to be free from the worries of attaining an STD, from being pregnant, from inward depression, and from the opportunity to have the attention of honest,trustworthy, noble men. “Without the Faith, one is free, and that is a pleasant feeling at first. There are no questions of conscience, no constraints… It is only later that the terror comes. One is free-but free in chaos, in an unexplained and unexplainable world. One is free in a desert, from which there is no retreat but inward, toward the hollow core of oneself (The Devil’s Advocate, New York: William Morrow Co., 1959).Melanie Smith



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