Disciple of Thecla
2/11/13 at 10:22 AM 0 Comments

Slippery Slope: Child Porn Already Mainstream

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I did not watch the superbowl. I never watch sports. Nor was it even on in the breakroom while I worked that day. Accounts on Facebook and Twitter stated that the commercials were horrible and Beyonce needed more clothes. I could not have any opinion over the commercials, and I definitely agreed Beyonce needed more clothes just because that is the way pop culture goes nowadays.

So, I contemplated more blog articles. I started one about secular humanism. Then, I realized that I could post an anime picture in an article about the Hebrew food laws as a supporting detail. This got me excited.

Then, I came across an article that made me consider the superbowl halftime show, Beyonce, and the slippery slope.

The picture asks the question, "if kids are influenced to smoke by cigarettes in movies, would they not also be influenced to violence by violence by movies?" Dave Daubenmire asked that precise question regarding sex in entertainment.

If cigarette commercials encourage young people to smoke what does Beyonce’s behavior encourage young people to do?

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Follow the bouncing crotch. That was the message sent at half-time of the Super Bowl Sunday night. That word…crotch…probably makes you uncomfortable.

It does me. But why does my writing the word make some of you more uncomfortable than watching the performance did?

Beyonce is a peddler of soft-porn. Dancing half-naked has become mainstream

The most-watched sporting event in world history had a stripper for halftime entertainment. The only thing missing was the pole and the laps upon which she could dance

This article compelled me to consider, readers, that perhaps we are so consumed with anxiety about slipping further down the slope of decay that we fail to see just how far we have already fallen. There are other articles that highlight our moral and sexual decay more extensively. Chevonea Kendall-Bryan was thirteen years old when a boy from her own age group pressured her into a sex act, filmed it through a cellphone, and shared it with his friends. Humiliated, the 13-year-old girl fell sixty feet from the fourth story of a building and then died from massive brain injuries.

The happened in the UK, but what happened over there can and does occur over here. Phoebe Prince succumbed to peer pressure from her American classmates and gave into sexual demands by American teenagers. Instead of blaming the boys, the other American girls blamed Phoebe and bullied her for being a "slut" to be point that she hung herself.

Phoebe N. Prince was harassed at South Hadley High School by classmates who accused her of stealing other girls' boyfriends in what appears to have been a snake pit of lovelorn teenagers, according to documents filed in Franklin-Hampshire Juvenile Court.

The case of Prince, a 15-year-old ninth-grader at the high school, has garnered significant media coverage around the world. The young girl, who had moved here from Ireland and enrolled in the school in September, was also allegedly taunted as an "Irish slut," according to the criminal complaints...

Earlier this week, six teen-agers accused of tormenting her pleaded innocent to charges ranging from violating her civil right to attend school, statutory rape and stalking.

The problem becomes worse and even more pervasive. In Northern Virginia, two 16-year-old boys and one 15-year-old boy were arrested and locked up for making and distributing porn videos of their classmates.

One year prior to Phoebe Prince, a Cincinnati teenager Jesse Logan hung herself following sexual humiliation.

Jessica Logan's nude cell-phone photo - meant for her boyfriend's eyes only - was sent to hundreds of teenagers last year in at least seven Greater Cincinnati high schools.

The 18-year-old Sycamore High School senior was then bombarded with taunts: slut, porn queen, whore.

On July 3, Jessie hanged herself in her bedroom.

And now, we have 13-year-old Chevonea Kendall-Bryan from Britain who fell sixty feet to the ground after sexual humiliation. And sex between 13-year-olds and 14-year-olds does occur within schools in the United States. It happened among some kids I knew while I attended public school, which was over a decade ago for me. Culture continues against chastity and modesty.

That certainly makes it easy to explain why MTV thought an American version of the British Skins would be a good idea. It is a horrible idea, but it is easy to understand why MTV thought otherwise. America and Britain frequently exchange cultural icons and pop culture entertainment. Americans can watch British shows on BBCA. In many British shows such as Doctor Who, Primeval, Survivors, Being Human etc., there are numerous references to American series such as Star Trek, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, etc. There is a strong reason why America is often accused of cultural imperialism. The British newspaper Telegraph wrote an article about Beyonce titled "Beyonce is the Ronnie Barker of the music business."

So, what happens in Britain can, will, and certainly does happen over here. America, Britain, and the world share the sexualized same pop culture icons. American pop culture icons tend to go on world tours for their larger fanbase. This has nothing to do with homosexuality, and everything to do with who children learn to model their behaviors from. The majority of pornographic messages are heterosexual, albeit including some homosexual, and all directed at children.

Young girls will find it even more difficult to resist being objectified as sex toys when their role models tout empowerment as raunchy and irresponsible promiscuity. An article writes:

It starts young, with pencil cases that carry the Playboy bunny logo and Bratz dolls that look like they have just finished a shift at a strip joint. High-heeled shoes are sold to girls at the age of eight, along with knickers bearing slogans that on an adult would be meant to sound saucy. Campaigns by concerned groups like Mumsnet only stop products like these for a while, until new ones are pushed out.

The pop industry, which aims at hooking kids before they hit puberty, teaches little girls to bump and grind. I’m not a prude, but I have been called one for asking why a 10-year-old was copying the moves in a video in which Rihanna prowls like a dominatrix and sings, “Come on rude boy, boy, can you get it up? Come on rude boy, boy, is you big enough?”

Working backwards, Rihanna is inverting the more extreme imagery used by some male hip hop stars, whose videos effectively show women as sex slaves. They, in turn, offer a polished version of the behaviour in hardcore porn, which is only a click away,

"they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness.... For while they promise them liberty, they themselves are the slaves of corruption." (2 Peter 2:18-19)

Children must be held responsible for their actions, but more than that. The role models and pop culture icons must also be held responsible because children learn how to act and behave from the adults around them. Children are still in the modeling stages of learning wrong from right, inappropriate and appropriate behaviors.

Parents must also be willing to speak with their children about what it means to love one self and ones body, what self-control, empowerment and modesty are all about. There are two reasons why I think parents have such a hard time bringing this up. One is that many families no longer eat at a dinner table. Sitting around a television reduces the opportunity and desire for conversation because then all the attention is focused upon fictional characters instead of real people. The second is that many parents are probably squeamish about the conversation of sex. Many parents consider this a strictly adult topic - after all, it is not something kids should do or think about - so they feel uncomfortable discussing such an adult topic.

But sex is pervasive in the teenage world. Teenagers are well-acquainted with sex. If not through media, then through conversations with other teenagers. And they have a whole new set of vocabulary for sex terms that most parents probably know nothing of.

One time during high school, my mom and I enjoyed a website with jokes. One of the jokes was a sex joke. Mom was deeply offended, refused to explain the offense and the joke. In fact, she walked away and refused to talk about anything at all. I was offended by her refusal to discuss it with me and her revulsion. I was offended that she felt I needed to be "protected" from the topic of sex, and I felt offended that she wanted to protect my ignorant innocence when I already knew quite a lot from discussions with other teenagers. I understood the joke, so I yelled out, "that's a boner!"

I still did not understand the joke's offensiveness at the time, although now that I am a Christian, I feel deeply offended about it in more ways than one. Never a thing I will want to read again. Often, I find myself amazed at how drastically different I was back then with how I am today.

But if you are too squeamish about a topic, then you avoid teaching your children about appropriate sex and ignore sexual morality altogether. Then, all the children will learn is from pop culture and from their peers. There is nothing biblical in being squeamish about the topic of sex. (Genesis 2:24, Mathew 19:5, 1 Corinthians 7:3-5). And sometimes, we need to be more explicit on account of our audience and message (Romans 1:24-27). Lewdness is the word most often used in scripture, but it would have been a vague term to the Romans whose culture at the time was just as pornographic as our own.

One of the worst things a parent can do is to presume that the child does not need a sex talk or a talk about appropriate body image and spiritual matters. Some children might obey the proper moral actions as I did, and still suffer from a horrible self-image. I still have my virginity; throughout high school, I felt as though my body did not belong to me, that I should give it to as many men as possible. Whenever I tried talking about this to someone who I admired, I was regarded as the enemy of women's empowerment all because I wanted my body to be my own and not anyone else's. Now, my parents knew I would do the moral thing, but they did not discuss body image or spiritual matters, so I still suffered deeply.

Parents need to talk with their children and moreover find appropriate role models for their children. Find out for yourselves what is wrong with society and what can be right with society, starting the focus on children. To find good and bad role models, it is pretty easy. Look at YouTube and go to Walmart. Take a look at the record charts, popular shows, and celebrity magazine covers. Once you realize what is out there in pop culture and entertainment media, then you will have a better understanding of what to do.

Once, I had a very small conversation with my father after I became an adult. Dad knows I want to become a popular and well-known artist in my own field of talent.

Dad: do you want to be like Lady Gaga?

Me: no, she glorifies rape.

Dad: ...

Dad knew she was popular and well-known in her field, but he knew nothing about her lyrics or her music videos. The Bad Romance video features two women who strip off another woman's shirt to gaze at her breasts. At the end of the Bad Romance video, there is a man charred into a putrid corpse because of Gaga's flaming breasts.

Is that really someone's idea of fun?

The Telegraph writes:

Thanks to the internet, our boys and girls are the first children to grow up with free, round-the-clock access to hardcore pornography. Porn has become part of the adult mainstream, colouring everything from advertising to best-selling books like Fifty Shades of Grey. Of course our children are affected.

Diane Abbott, the shadow public health minister, said last week: “I want to highlight what I believe is the rise of a secret garden, striptease culture in British schools and society, which has been put beyond the control of British families by fast-developing technology, and an increasingly pornified British culture.”

America has the exact same problem. The superbowl halftime show is a striptease. Lady Gaga glorifies BDSM, which is sexual bondage, sexual punishment, sadistic sex, and masochistic sex. Dave Daubenmire writes:

Porn has gone mainstream. Beyonce is an American Idol. The President honors her…his wife would like to be like her. I wonder if the Obamas would want their daughters to expose themselves in such a vile and perverted way as the 31 year old “Christian” stripper.

Whatever happened to shame? Whatever happened to modesty? It was disgusting. But we are used to it, aren’t we? My, what tolerant, accepting, non-judgmental folk we have become.

If cigarette commercials encourage young people to smoke what does Beyonce’s behavior encourage young people to do?

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I posit that her behavior was more devastating to America than the events at Sandy Hook. How many girls will “give it up” in their desire to be like Beyonce? How many young boys had their first experience with the lust of the eye at half-time of the family-friendly Super Bowl? “Hmmm…wonder where I can see more of it?”

How many churches had this half-time show playing on the big screen at their Super Bowl party? How many fathers’ were caught by surprise and were not prepared to protect the eyes of the young children in the room?

pop culture teaches children to prostitute themselves, and if it is okay for children to prostitute themselves, then we are one step closer to legalizing pedophilia. This has nothing to do with homosexuality and everything to do with the cultural messages aimed directly at our nation's children.

"Do not prostitute your daughter, to cause her to become a whore, lest the land fall into harlotry and wickedness." (Leviticus 19:29)

God never blamed the women for being harlots. God blamed the people who made them harlots. And yet child prostitution is prevalent in public schools.

Police locked up three boys — two 16-year-olds and a 15-year-old — from West Springfield High School [Virginia] last month for their alleged attempts at becoming the Mitchell Brothers 2.0 — porn kings of the burbs.

The boys made the sex videos with at least six teenage girls from their own school and two neighboring high schools. The boys, all sophomores, have been charged with possession and distribution of child pornography.

From an American sexting prevention website:

When people take and send sexually revealing picture of themselves or send sexually explicit messages via text message, it’s called “sexting.” While experts differ on statistics, a 2010 study conducted by Pew Internet & American Life Project confirms sexting is a teen reality that’s here to stay. Kids “sext” to show off, to entice someone, to show interest in someone, or to prove commitment.

Sending these pictures or messages is problematic enough, but the real challenge comes when this content is shared broadly. As far too many teens have found out, the recipient of these messages is in possession of a highly compromising image or message that can be easily posted on a social networking site or sent to others via email or text.

One year prior to Phoebe Prince, a Cincinnati teenager Jesse Logan hung herself following sexual humiliation.

Jessica Logan's nude cell-phone photo - meant for her boyfriend's eyes only - was sent to hundreds of teenagers last year in at least seven Greater Cincinnati high schools.

The 18-year-old Sycamore High School senior was then bombarded with taunts: slut, porn queen, whore.

On July 3, Jessie hanged herself in her bedroom.

From the Telegraph:

Claire, who must be 12 or 13, is quoted as saying of the boys in her class: “If they want oral sex, they will ask every single day until you say yes.”

Kamal, a boy in the same year, says: “Say I got a girlfriend, I would ask her to write my name on her breast and then send it to me and then I would upload it on to Facebook or Bebo or something like that.” The profile picture on his phone, seen by everyone to whom he sends messages, is an image of his girlfriend’s cleavage. Some of the boys at his school have explicit images of up to 30 different girls on their phone. They swap them like we used to swap football cards. If they fancy a girl, they send her a picture of their genitals. As one teenage girl said after the report came out, sending pictures of your body parts is “the new flirting”.

Does this upset and disturb you? Good. Then, do something about it. I want people to be so angry and so outraged at the cultural decay that people will reclaim this culture to one of decent moral values. Sometimes I think that adults are either so ignorant or intimidated or isolated that they do not feel motivated to do anything to stop this decay. Be motivated! And you can make a positive difference! There is plenty you can do, especially if you have children. Talk to them, learn what is going on, and find appropriate cultural role models for your children.

There are enough movie industries and music industries and even publishing industries already available to enter the mainstream, be in the world not of the world, and to transform mainstream culture. The problem with all these industries and the artists in these industries is that they have isolated themselves into a niche market. A niche market is not mainstream. Once we have all the parents and all the Christian artists working together to change the mainstream, then we will experience a strong and wholesome transformation within our society.

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