Qur’anic (Dynamic) Paradigm of Health: — 18
Sexual Revolution supplied to the Demon what it desired: promiscuity, homosexuality, oral sex, anal sex, sex during menses, mass sex, an environment blazing sexual passions, a legal set-up that is permissive, not dismissive of uninhibited sex, and the support of the mightiest, the richest and the greatest among men. With such a huge support at its disposal, bringing men and women under the umbrella of its rule was a task performed with remarkable ease. The real world is crying, moaning and mourning. The surreal world of the Demon inhabited by the tycoons and their stooges is laughing, dancing and rollicking. Tens pf millions have already died of AIDS in the last two decades, and tens of millions are waiting in anguish and pain for the end in not so distant a future. People organise summits; some of them even cry for them. Some do even go to the extent of begging for them from the rich. But none has the wisdom and courage to demand the eradication of the biggest contributor to the menace of AIDS: market sponsored sex and sexuality including promiscuity, the commercial sex and homosexuality.
Free sex philosophy the backbone of the market sponsored social organisation
The international AIDS prevention programme leaves an unmistakable impression that it has been designed keeping in view the commercial interests of the business world where sex with all its ramifications has become a colossal industry, the interests of which cannot be side-tracked. The truth is that free sex philosophy is the backbone of the market sponsored social organisation. Consequently, the whole emphasis in anti-AIDS programmes has been on “safe sex”. The so-called safe sex is doubly advantageous for the sex-industry. First, it does not stop people from swimming in the pool of sexual “recreation”. Second, it helps boost the sale of condoms. According to companiesandmarket.com, “the global condom industry has been forecast to hit a market value of US$5.4 billion by 2018, with the industry set to be driven by the growing concern towards the spread of various sexually transmitted diseases, particularly HIV/AIDS and the need for a safe and cost-effective method of contraception.” An overwhelming majority of the anti-AIDS messages exhort the people to use condoms during sex rather than avoid liaisons with anybody other that one’s marriage-partner. The result of this strategy is that the sales of condoms are rapidly multiplying, the persons involved in the campaigns are earning handsomely and magazines, advertising agencies and video-companies are reaping huge profits through their “fight” against the killer disease. But the volcano of AIDS continues to storm with devastating speed and force.
AIDS direct result of the commercialisation of sex
The emergence of AIDS as a major killer at the end of the twentieth century is the direct result of the commercialisation of sex. HIV found a natural habitat in the sexual environment promoted by and at the behest of the Big Business including Sex Industry. The “great” Sexual Revolution has brought the greatest sexual killer to the world. The demon of HIV needed several boosts for the stupendous spread of its dominion. Sexual Revolution supplied to the Demon what it desired: promiscuity, homosexuality, oral sex, anal sex, sex during menses, mass sex, an environment blazing sexual passions, a legal set-up that is permissive, not dismissive of uninhibited sex, and the support of the mightiest, the richest and the greatest among men. With such a huge support at its disposal, bringing men and women under the umbrella of its rule was a task performed with remarkable ease. The real world is crying, moaning and mourning. The surreal world of the Demon inhabited by the tycoons and their stooges is laughing, dancing and rollicking. Tens pf millions have already died of AIDS in the last two decades, and tens of millions are waiting in anguish and pain for the end in not so distant a future. People organise summits; some of them even cry for them. Some do even go to the extent of begging for them from the rich. But none has the wisdom and courage to demand the eradication of the biggest contributor to the menace of AIDS: market sponsored sex and sexuality including promiscuity, the commercial sex and homosexuality. The last World Summit on AIDS discussed everything about the disease and its overwhelming impact. But not a single word was uttered in the condemnation of the merchants of sex. None had the guts to admonish them and sound a clear warning that they must stop what has virtually transformed them into the merchants of death. And of course, with rapid institutionalisation and commercialisation of homosexuality and gay marriages, what to speak of campaign against homosexuality, the international community is crying for not just the human rights of gays, which may be justifiable, but also accepting homosexuality as a human right.
Tourism a big breeding ground for AIDS
Tourism has become a big breeding ground for sex-transmitted diseases including AIDS. Away from home, nobody watching activities, provocative environment and easy availability of sex make it almost impossible for tourists to escape untouched. According to a report, about one third of the Swiss travellers returning home admitted of having had sex with local prostitutes. Another report says that in an intention-to-have-sex study of young Australians travelling alone to Thailand, only 34% of the sample reported a definite intention not to have sex. And it can be safely assumed that this definite intention has substantial chances of erosion in the face of intense provocation. The study tells:
“….Among 1744 US Navy and Marine corps personnel deployed abroad for 6 months, 49% reported having had sexual contact with a prostitute. Of those who reported having had sexual contact during deployment, 70% reported that they had had multiple partners, and almost all of those who used condoms reported that they had used them inconsistently10.”
The fact that STDs are the major infections in the US clearly demonstrates that technical advancement and high literacy rate have only a limited impact on the propagation of sex-related diseases. Even if high-class latex condoms are consistently used, their efficacy in preventing STDs and HIV is hardly 40–60%. Moreover, despite the bonanza around condoms, less than half of the sexually active persons use condoms. A report has rightly mentioned that “Celibacy and sexual monogamy with a “known” partner carry a much lower risk than the safest of “safer sex” practices.” The high prevalence rate of STDs must be enough to warn Americans that they must not feel complacent about the relatively low level of HIV infection in their country. There always remains a very high probability of a new more threatening kind of infection emerging, which can be much more difficult to control.
The diseases carried through sexual route are not only the ones that are normally described as STDs. Sexual transmission of hepatitis B and C is well documented in both developed and developing countries. The antibody prevalence rate for hepatitis B is over 50% in some countries in Africa and Asia, and surface antigen (HBsAg) carriage rates are described as high as 25%. In a study involving commercial sex workers in Asia, 6.1% to 17.9% were found to be HBsAg carriers.
Another retrovirus, HTLV-1, which is responsible for tropical spastic paraparesis and human T-cell leukaemia, is transmitted sexually as well as by other routes. Prevalence rates range from 5% in the Caribbean to 2.2% to 31.5% in Japan.
The sex education and awareness are the mainstays of the world AIDS control programmes. Almost invariably these educational and awareness programmes describe not about the sexual liaisons that must never be pursued and those that must be avoided, but about how people can fully realise their sexual desires by adopting certain preventive practices. Teenagers are not enlightened about the true nature of sex and reproduction: about the fact that sex must always be enjoyed within the legal and moral boundaries of marriage (or at least the absolute need of loyalty among partners); that one must never venture to have sex before the marriage sanctions it; that premarital and promiscuous liaisons do pose extraordinary risks to society in general and to the vagrant in particular; and that the attempts to normalise sex perversions are fraught with highest dangers. What they are explained in detail instead is how to avoid pregnancy and STDs by artificial means. This almost always means the knowledge about the types of condoms, the ways to properly use them and the ways to possess them. ‘A packet in the pocket’ is what they seem to suggest as the road to safe sex. The sex educationists will not even bother to tell them that condoms have an efficacy of less than 50% in preventing STDs and HIV. Ask one hundred teenagers the questions about condoms. All may have knowledge about their use and efficacy in preventing pregnancies and infections, but hardly a few will talk of their limited usefulness. Thanks to sex education and awareness programmes, these balloons have emerged as gems for wanton youth many of whom think that paradise resides within these balloons. The obvious corollary is that young boys and girls do not miss the single opportunity to have full use of them. Girls in “advanced” societies are conscious enough to keep packets in their purses lest a lover boy comes their way not having them in his pocket. It would of course be nonsense to wait till he fetches one. Better be safe by having a few themselves! Condoms are if course not the only way to avoid pregnancy or STD. There are several fantastic alternatives, various information agencies tell. Oral sex is being suggested as a safe option. You can also use artificial organs. Girls are also advised that if they happen to conceive, they must not hang back to visit the doctor at the earliest and get liberated from the unwanted burden. This is the age to enjoy, not having an unnecessary responsibility on shoulders. To make education more “effective”, the growing fashion is to impart this “great” sex education right in the schools. Waiting till boys and girls reach the college level would be rather late. What they are not taught in sex education classes, they learn from the media. Their knowledge about sex is more perfect than about anything else. They have been instructed in one way or the other various positions and postures, restrained sex, oral sex, use of body lotions of various kinds, use of various other objects to arouse, sex in rains, tubs, swimming pools, sand, side-huts on beaches and many others. As young inquisitive minds and as students, boys and girls must explore each and every one of these, sooner than later. They have of course already learned striptease and catwalk. They fear that if they do not know all these dimensions of the art of sex or deliberately refuse to do; their boyfriends may kick them out. So in order to keep them glued, they must learn to be as much sexually aggressive as they can imagine.
All this may sound queer to some people in the Asian and African countries, but this is day to day practice in most Western countries. Asian and African countries are fast catching though with countries like India already on way to introduce sex education in the school curriculum. With the opposition emerging from various quarters, the sex education curriculum may be a little more sober but once it is introduced, the explicit material will make a silent entry. Despite all this, as reported above, one third of adolescents catch infection by the time they get into the twenties. The simple reason is that any sex outside marriage is unsafe and all the so-called safe methods are nothing but false promises.
The diseases related to sex are not limited to sex transmitted diseases. The aetiology of scores of psychiatric problems can be traced to sex. Young boys and girls often develop anxiety neurosis due to false notions about sex in their minds and their desire to have a “perfect” sex. This often means to them that they must have large penises. They tend to think or are made to think that a few inches shorter organ would spoil their whole sexual life. Girls would simply not be satisfied; for they love larger penises. In order to enlarge their organs, they use all kinds of devices and medicines available in the market. They also tend to develop an exaggerated notion of long sex. Premature ejaculation is perhaps the most common sex-related psychiatric problem, men seek medical attention for. Other forms of anxiety, depression and nervousness too are often related to failure in love and estrangement with partner. Divorces, domestic violence, single parenthood and child abuse lead to severe psychiatric deficiencies and personality disorders.
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Dr Javed Jamil is India based thinker and writer with over a dozen books including his latest, “Muslim Vision of Secular India: Destination & Road-map”, “Qur’anic Pa radigms of Sciences & Society” (First Vol: Health), “Muslims Most Civilised, Yet Not Enough” and Other works include “The Devil of Economic Fundamentalism”, “The Essence of the Divine Verses”, “The Killer Sex”, “Islam means Peace” and “Rediscovering the Universe”.