by Sam Meier
It was recently at a local Wal-Mart picking up a few items for my kids. I was shocked to glance over and see that Playboy had a fragrance called Playboy Las Vegas in the store.
When I spoke to store managers and said that I felt uncomfortable with my two-year-old son seeing the Playboy logo, they said they were sorry I was offended but that it was an approved product. I asked the managers if they had kids. One of them said that his younger kids probably wouldn’t know what Playboy was, and it was really not that big of a deal.
As a man who has counseled hundreds of men and couples who are healing from the effects of pornography, I can tell you that it really is a big deal.
There are so many good men I have talked to who have struggled with damaged trust, isolation, lack of leadership, and even job loss from their use of pornography.
I felt shocked about how bold and strategic Playboy has been with marketing and advertising to bring their products into Wal-Mart. I then thought about the amazing level of closeness and intimacy that theology of the body has brought to my marriage,
and I felt sad about the many people shopping at Wal-Mart who have probably never heard of theology of the body.
On a much happier note, there is a new set of CDs that Jason Evert has released about love, sexuality, and theology of the body. Evert gives people permission to burn unlimited copies of the CDs to spread the message to friends, family members, co-workers, etc. I have listened to the CDs and let’s just say that I laughed and cried a lot in my car for about a week on my way to work. I really wish I would have had these resources in my teenage and college years. I spoke to several CD duplication companies and it would cost about 30 cents per CD to duplicate these CDs in bulk. There are two CDs in particular that I think each family in our archdiocese should have the opportunity to listen to.
Give me a call at (913) 647-0378 if you want me to send you copies of these CDs, and let me know if you are interested in helping to duplicate massive quantities for others. Let’s all think of ways to be a lot bolder and more effective with spreading the true, good and beautiful vision of sex and marriage through the theology of the body and watch as people experience better intimacy, closer relationships, and intense amounts of happiness in their lives!