Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Objectification 101

Published in the Opinions section in the Dec.29 issue in the New York Times was an insightful piece by Lawrence Downes in regards to a presentation he viewed at a middle school program. It calls into question the roles that are now considered acceptable for our daughters. I find this trend to be disturbing and it is incomprehensible to me that so many fail to see what we're setting these young girls up for. In a world where sexually transmitted diseases (some fatal) are on the increase and one in three females will be sexually abused in their lifetime, is this really a responsible approach to preparing our youth for adulthood?

Whether you believe the accusations of the plaintiff in the Duke University campus rape case or not, shouldn't the question be asked if it is okay to allow these boys to hire women to be used, degraded, and discarded on school grounds? And do we want our young women to believe that is their worth?



Frank said...

My wife and I went to a highschool homecoming dance as my disabled daughter's helpers. The dancefloor was covered with highschool kids,mostly girls, "freaking". For those who don't know what that IS, it's the latest rage in dancing. It consists of three or four (mostly girls) humping each other like rabbits overdosing on Viagra. I suppose each generation of old people like me is shocked by what "kids do these days". My generation's "freaking" was the "gator", where a guy would jump down on the floor face down and gyrate. BUT, this was at a time when STDs could be cured by a shot, and pregnency was WAY out the norm and abortion was NOT legal.
Todays STDs are FATAL, todays drugs are INSTANTLY addictive and despite the availability of all manner of birth control, kids are having babies at record levels.
There HAVE to be limits as to what we will tolerate as a society, and middle school "talent" contests are a good place to start.

T. Kelly said...

Thank you, Frank, for sharing that. Again, it raises the question as to where the adults in charge of this event were and what exactly is their responsibility? Kids will do exactly what they're allowed to do. It is up to us as adults to provide guidance.