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August 17, 2004

A Blog "War" With Class « Social Issues »

After handling my petulance with grace and aplomb, check out how Michelle Malkin handles this one. She sends traffic over, with minimal self-defense and mostly compliments.

And I can understand the angst Shelley Powers is feeling, at least as far as feeling like you are getting less attention than you deserve. (although now I feel I get more than I deserve...I guess it evens out)

Other thoughts and reactions:

I suspect that Ms. Powers didn't realize that Michelle Malkin was already a well-known and widely respected columnist, author, and talk-show guest/pundit who already shaped conservative thought long before she began blogging. Which is why she got so many hits so really had little connection with her book publishing, methinks.

I found Michele Catalano's response to the post highly intriguing. She talks about the 70s as being just as sexualized as the 00's. I disagree. I strongly disagree. Heck, I strenuously object! The 70s appeared to be a time of excessive sexualization, but it was only in comparison to the 50s and early 60s that preceded it. The sexual activity was mixed up in the drug culture and widespread rebellion against authority that were also prevalent at the time. And so I find it interesting that Michele feels she must apologize for her impulse running counter to that, now that she has gained both experience (wisdom, maturity) and a child. Michele has obviously learned that such a focus and emphasis on sex is not good for the individual spirit, despite how much the body may enjoy it. But even though the sexual revolution was born of questioning authority and rebelling against conventional wisdom of morality and status quo, Michele feels uncomfortable questioning the authority of purveyors of sexuality and rebelling against conventional wisdom of immorality. Freedom should be more free, right? Why does Michele feel uncomfortable drawing her own conclusions from her own experiences...?

And our times are far more sexualized. As a later poster indicated, you can find all sorts of things on TV that you couldn't in the 70s. Heck, you could find more simulated sex on TV in the 80s than in the 70s, thanks to HBO and music videos. Nowadays, you can find graphic pornography with just a few clicks of the mouse, junior high school students perform oral sex in the classroom, and it is difficult to find clothes for your 10-year-old girl that are less suggestive than the average hooker wears.

The message of the 60s was "Self-Actualization and Enlightenment Through Sex."
As a society, we tried it out throughout the 70s and early 80s until we got the AIDS epidemic. Yay. We had teen pregnancy. Yay. The left fought to popularize abortion, so now we have teen pregnancy at higher rates and abortion at higher rates. Yay.

One solution? Stop brainwashing our kids into thinking that sex is the ultimate expression of love, or perhaps teach them that attraction and love aren't the same thing.

Instead, as a society, we denigrate anyone who suggests kids should wait until marriage to have sex. Keep setting low expectations, right? That way you don't make anyone feel bad for not even meeting those...

Maturity means figuring out what actually works. Wisdom means being able to apply those lessons to other situations. Compassion means helping our youth understand the costs and the choices without having to go through the pain themselves.

...and I'm rambling. Ah, well, I mean what I say, and I think it is worth saying, but I doubt anyone really wants to listen. Either you agree and I'm wasting my breath, or you'll never agree and I'm wasting my breath. Er, fingers energy. Whatever.

In any case, I can ramble if I want to.

Posted by Nathan at 01:59 PM | Comments (7)

any thoughts? I didn't go through the whole thing, but it seems (as do many other studies) to show the rate of teen pregnancies going down.

Posted by: Jo at August 17, 2004 02:40 PM

I don't even need to follow the link at all...
yeah, pregnancy rates ARE going down. From what I've seen/heard, it is because kids are looking at the mess left behind after all the sexual experimentation and the decreased rate of pregnancy nearly mirrors the increased rate of "abstinence pledges". Not that everyone keeps the pledges, no...but it's far better than the Planned Parenthood encouragement of "Go ahead! Everyone's doing it, and if a mistake* happens, there's always government-funded abortion!**"

*which is truly a fascinating distortion, since, as has been pointed out many times, the natural result of sex is pregnancy, and even when used correctly, the protection isn't 100%. The more times you have sex, the more likely it will result in a pregnancy. Have sex 100 times, and the chances of pregnancy approach certainty. That's hardly an "accident".

**which government funding would be reduced significantly if the need for govt-funded abortions were reduced...

Posted by: Nathan at August 17, 2004 02:49 PM

Well, I only posted that because this threw me off guard:

The left fought to popularize abortion, so now we have teen pregnancy at higher rates and abortion at higher rates. Yay.

I am very pleased to see teen pregnancy and abortion rates going down, regardless of "why" it's all good.

I do flatly disagree, however, with your statement re: teaching children sex is the ultimate expression of love.

That's not the problem at all, IMO. Nowadays sex and love, well, don't go together like a horse and carriage to say the least. We don't even expect love to be a precursor to sex. THAT is the biggest problem.

I think nearly ALL parents, regardless of social, political, spiritual, or economic bent, would prefer their children wait until marriage for sex. (Well, as long as that doesn't mean planning a wedding on their child's 18th birthday.)

Posted by: Jo at August 17, 2004 03:01 PM

See, that's the thing: I was rambling. My thoughts were not ordered, nor clear.

What I meant was that pregnancy rates are far, far higher than they were when abortion was legalized. They've gone down, yes, but not far off the max, which is after more than three decades of slow but constant increases. Much of what I was saying is now compared to the 70s, not now compared to the 90s.

And the 'sex=love' thing is merely based on the last times I saw Hollywood movies. Titanic wasn't all that long ago, nor was Star Wars Episode II, or the Matrix. Hollywood is the source of this view that encourages us to act on our feelings without thinking of the repercussions...because the repercussions are only shown if it can be used to undermine some religious or conservative value...

Oh, and I didn't say "liberal" Hollywood because that would be redundant...

Posted by: Nathan at August 17, 2004 03:08 PM

...and I'm still rambling. No doubt anyone can find another half dozen logical/cognitive inconsistencies in this post. I'll explain one by one, if you want...or we can just take this as an emotional reaction piece not worth taking seriously and move on.

Posted by: Nathan at August 17, 2004 03:10 PM

Maturity means figuring out what actually works.

And doing what actually works is called sanity.

Posted by: Juliette at August 17, 2004 05:18 PM

...and using the same proven-failure attempts but expecting miraculous success is a form of insanity. Just like Planned Parenthood and the CDC recommending condoms as a sufficient protection to have sexual intercourse freely.

Posted by: Nathan at August 17, 2004 09:39 PM
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