As I drove in to work today at 6:00 AM to have my morning shower the radio station spoke of 12 senior students at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary in Surrey who have been charged with ‘sexting’.
It is a new thing regarding youth who take pictures or have photos taken of them in sexually provocative and/or naked postures then post them on to the internet.
The 12 students were in fact circulating these images through online social media; some of the images from 13 year old students having just entered the 8th Grade.
What happened here? What did we forget to pass along to our youth in this insanity?
We have men and women on shows such at The Bachelor & The Bachelorette who are becoming ‘celebrities’? Am I missing something here?
These days I see toddlers with mini iPads in hand playing ‘games’? Is this a good thing?
Apparently these games will make them smart? Can’t say that I can really comment on this but what I do know is that because of technology, because of computers they are no longer teaching cursive writing in schools.
And that is just wrong! You have now idea how much this saddens me.
Youth today are being robbed in oh so many ways. Flashed with images of what some obscene bastard thinks we all should look like.
They pile into a restaurant booth then pull out their iPhones and begin to ‘chat’ without uttering a word.
Lost in translation.
Kids these days seem to go from toddler to highly sexualized being in the blink of an eye.
What happened to the growing up part? The life unfolding part? The mystery part?
Now is seems youth are obsessed with appearance, with gadgets, with sex?
And where, pray tell, did the little darlings get these ideas from? Hmmm.
I also heard on the news today that a town in Montana wants to pass a law that any women wearing ‘leggings and/or Yoga pants’ in public 3 times in a row be confined to prison for 5 years.
This was a total ‘WTF’ moment for me.
We have our babies taking selfies of their selfies and then some and posting on the internet for the world to digest never considering the consequence of their actions.
Let me ask parents this. Did you sit with your child and tell them how beautiful it is to discover their sexual self on their own terms? To explore the body temple, revere in its mysteries and hold sacred to their sexuality as it is revealed to them.
I’m guessing that you didn’t.
Does an image of a vagina or a penis define your sexual self? No.
And sex isn’t just about having an orgasm either.
But if you are 13 years old and taking selfies of your ‘private’ parts…what may I ask are you actually trying to convey in your photographic essay? Or weren’t you told to consider this aspect.
As females, we all have vaginas and a clitoris and we all have breasts. How these parts of being operate really is determined by each of us and our individual preferences.
A little overwhelming, yes? Not really. Listen to the body temple. It will guide you.
Boys all have penis’. They are expected to be quite proud of them.
The mystery of your body though is your own journey. It will define and carry you into adulthood and help shape who you are.
Respect not just the body but the unique aspects of it that make you…you.
Now ‘Game of Thrones’ may have us all believe that everyone shaved their nether regions and their chests, and their legs, and their pits….
It’s just a show people. A good one…but just a show.
The hairless phenomenon, the beauty debacle and of course the skinny business.
We’ve convinced our children that to get anywhere in this world they have to look good.
Then through the most fucked up ad campaigns, we’ve convinced them that if extreme measures are necessary…then do it.
Boob jobs, nips, tucks…
Bleached out hair, botox and collegen shots.
Diet supplements dominate the market; this obsession with appearance on one side of the coin and on the other side is the indulgence that youth today are being assured they deserve.
Just where do think this will take you?
Beauty fades. All the plastic/cosmetic surgery in the world will not change this fact.
But keep in mind that beauty is subjective. It’s mysterious, evocative and it really is in the eye of the beholder.
I’m 57 years of age, gorgeous and fat as hell at the moment.
Would I undergo a tummy tuck to rid myself of the pot belly I currently have?
Surgery is no laughing matter. I just want to get well enough to start kicking it at the gym again, to run again. These days the restrictions of my physical body as a result of the car accident and the accumulation of all the other shit I’ve endured over the last few years (i.e. cancer) has me feeling rather frail. And I appreciate the
Ah but youth…it teases you into believing that you’ll always be just as you are.
And to the parents out there, teach your children…teach them well.
Some life lessons are tough but in my mind…no preschooler should be playing with a technology that has unfortunately been so corrupted.
If seeing boobs and cocks rocks your world…then I must say I have sympathy for you. Not empathy…just a pause of why you’re not looking past the 2 dimensional world you find yourself in.
And kiddies…if you think photos of boobies, vaginas and cocks and their hosts is the epitome of sexuality then you are sadly mistaken. Respect yourself first and foremost.
Put down the iPhones and talk to one another.