This Is What Our Culture Has Come To

No, I’m not talking about Beyoncé’s latest x-rated album, although that’s pretty bad. Nothing like the woman the President of the United States calls a role model for his daughters peddling soft porn to kids. OK, maybe I am talking about that. All of it.

The Other McCain has been following the story of Miriam Weeks, the Duke student who goes by the name Belle Knox when she’s “preforming” in hard porn. Here’s one of his posts with links to the others. We aren’t supposed to judge her, or if we do, it should only be to offer praise. See, she’s “empowered.”

The people defending Beyoncé say she’s empowered, too. And we should be happy to see her having sex with her husband. Why, she’s just promoting family values! She’s also a big proponent of “gender equality” because nothing says “equality” like half-naked twerking.

I thought of Beyoncé and Miriam Weeks when I saw this post about the two twenty-something women whose podcast “Guys We Fu*ked” now has over 200,000 followers. They’re “empowered” too, I guess, and they’ve had enough of the “slut shaming.”

I suppose the only thing we’re supposed to be ashamed of these days is holding religious beliefs. Or using the word bully. Or expecting our elected leaders to follow and uphold the law. Or criticizing Beyoncé’s art. Oh, yeah, and we should be ashamed of showing skepticism towards the science some call settled. Never mind the scandal. Never mind the fake data. Never mind the men getting rich from instilling fear. Just be ashamed.

This is what we’ve come to. It’s depressing.

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On a related note, Camille Paglia wrote about how sex education in schools is failing our kids.

Sex education has triggered recurrent controversy, partly because it is seen by religious conservatives as an instrument of secular cultural imperialism, undermining moral values. It’s time for liberals to admit that there is some truth to this and that public schools should not promulgate any ideology. The liberal response to conservatives’ demand for abstinence-only sex education has been to condemn the imposition of “fear and shame” on young people. But perhaps a bit more self-preserving fear and shame might be helpful in today’s hedonistic, media-saturated environment.

My generation of baby-boom girls boldly rebelled against the cult of virginity of the Doris Day 1950s, but we left chaos in our wake. Young people are now bombarded prematurely with sexual images and messages. Adolescent girls, routinely dressing in seductive ways, are ill-prepared to negotiate the sexual attention they attract. Sex education has become incoherent because of its own sprawling agenda. It should be broken into component parts, whose professionalism could be better ensured.

Read the whole thing. Rather than teaching biology, and the physical and emotional risks associated with promiscuous behavior, are they just teaching empowerment?

Well, I’m sure the pharmaceutical companies and abortion providers are happy. Shame is for the rest of us.

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