Can sex be “casual”?
For many today, teens and adults alike, sex outside marriage is a non-issue. It’s pretty much assumed in a dating relationship. Sex without relationship – sex for the sake of sex — is common. So is sexting. Many see nothing wrong with pornography.
Is sexual desire just a physical appetite to be satisfied, like hunger or thirst? Is sex necessary for one’s health? Is not fulfilling sexual desire bad for you? Or … is there more to sex than satisfying bodily urges?
Why do young people engage in casual sex, and how do they themselves feel about doing so? What do they need to know about sex that will help them to say “No” to casual sex and, instead, to value sexual desire as a gift of God for marriage, to accept their sexual feelings with thankfulness, and to enjoy male-female relationships in an appropriate way?