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    The perils of a hypersexualized society

    With a tug-of-war between communities about which neighborhoods should house released pedophiles and the increasing news coverage of sexual misconduct and assault, I wonder: Where is the line drawn for sexual obligation?

    It is not being alarmist to say that society is bombarded with sexual innuendo. The mentality is, "You have a right to be sexy by any means necessary." Unfortunately, this right or, more often, desire supersedes all moral values, common sense and appropriate behavior.

    In a society in which instant gratification is everything, in which we focus on the product rather than the person, people use more elbow grease not to evolve spiritually but to change themselves superficially, thickening the layers between their authentic selves that lie beneath.

    In advertising, television, film, sports, music and magazines, sex sells. Pro-sex feminism encourages women to express their sexuality - condemning men for objectifying women but condoning and supporting women who objectify themselves. I strongly believe in equal rights and liberation for women (sexually and otherwise), but where is the dignity, the integrity?

    Late-night commercials promote "date" phone lines and "Girls Gone Wild" pornographic DVDs. The Internet offers access to porn at the click of a button.

    Working as a stripper is becoming an accepted, new easy-money empire for women. The industry has extended itself into our communities with striptease and pole-dancing classes in the name of female "empowerment."

    Ads market women with a combination of animalistic sexiness and baby doll-like innocence. Retailers sell and parents buy clothing for little girls that emulates the sexy threads of women.

    Misogyny and the misconception of beauty have been woven into the fabric of our society so much that it is less offensive and more conventional. This has everything to do with why sex offenders are running rampant - not just Chester the molester but the lifestyles of sexual promiscuity, crime and addiction.

    Aspiring to be the next Beyoncé or Angelina Jolie, women demolish their self-confidence and natural beauty trying to thin themselves, boost their busts and round their rumps in misguided attempts to build self-esteem and acquire the attention, love and affection they've always wanted.

    There is also an increasing report of women having sex with underage males - teacher-student misconduct. Think about how that plays a part in this patriarchal society, fulfilling the male fantasy of getting it on with the naughty, seductive teacher. Some of these women, who have committed the same crime as men who have sex with underage females, get lighter sentences because, well, who wouldn't want to bag their hot teacher, right?

    So with society conditioning both genders to regard women as sexual objects, at their best, and men as sexual predators, to be feared and suspected as such, we perpetuate a dysfunctional cycle.

    Where does the dialogue begin? When do we start treating adults who commit sexual molestation or statutory rape - instead of wagging our fingers at them, locking them up and throwing away the key? Guilt and shame are not the solutions. And where do our children (and adults) get the self-love and knowledge within themselves to know better?

    Sexuality is beautiful, natural and should be enjoyed, explored and expressed under the right circumstances with the right understanding and conduct.

    But how far into dysfunction will this acceptance of our hypersexed society take us?

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    So with society conditioning both genders to regard women as sexual objects, at their best, and men as sexual predators, to be feared and suspected as such, we perpetuate a dysfunctional cycle.
    No kidding. Men are bug eyed beasts to be feared and loathed.
    (Doing my part to dispel that myth)

    During my time in college they cut down all the decorative shrubs around the dorm because *cue the scary music* rapists could hide in there! Yeah, right outside the main door is a high risk attack spot. Maybe it is some places, but that was a spread out barely lit campus at the time and the main door was the most public place.

    The whole "every man should be feared" mentality of this society annoys me to no end. On the job as a cop, of course, you have to keep your guard up all the time. That's the job. The rest of the world should quit watching cop shows - with the exception of Andy Griffith - and try being neighborly once in awhile and quit looking for serial killers around every corner. Be practical, but not paranoid. People call me crazy for stopping to help stranded motorists, I call them irrationally scared.

    One male civi's view.

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    This is exactly the kind of thing the Taliban was trying to prevent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenna View Post
    This is exactly the kind of thing the Taliban was trying to prevent.
    Yes, by killing anyone who diagrees with them.

    We are the thin blue line
    between you
    and all the money in the world.

    And no you can't have any.

 

 

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