I squirm in my seat writing this. This, this is truth. This is uncomfortable.
I see an epidemic in the making. I see people being treated as disposable, usable. I see semi pornographic images on magazines. Everywhere. EVERYWHERE. I see sex on TV more casual than coffee.* I see boys treating girls like toys, hurting them and thinking it is funny.
I see girls believing that this is just normal.
Permissive parents. Persistent boys. Alcohol. Lack of supervision. Sounds all too familiar. Way too close for comfort.
This is normal right?
I remember a boy slamming me into a locker. In middle school. Trying to get my compliance. He wasn't the last. That was over 20 years ago. Think it has gotten better out there?
I couldn't wait to get out of school. Get away. But then I started to think it was just normal. And something must be wrong with ME. And it continued long after highschool. Until I met the Best Man. The One. My Jesus. And then I learned to love me, because He loves me. It took me 30 years. We have to do better for our kids.
We have to save these girls. We have to save these boys. We have to save them from themselves. From the sickness invading our culture from every angle.
If you tolerate something, you may as well condone it. Turning a blind eye only brings the dark.
We are blasted with images. With women as objects. Where on earth are these boys getting the idea that women are objects?
Hmm. I wonder.
If you show someone something everyday, all day long, how long until they are no longer sensitive to it?
If they tell us by their images that women are an object, something to leer at, over and over and over will it not be burned in our brains?
Be careful little eyes what you see...
We have invited this into our homes, our lives, our minds.
The question is, what are we going to do about it? Are we going to just sit back and let this be/become normal?
People angry at the victims for ruining the lives of the perpetrators? What is wrong with this picture?
These girls need to be taught self worth. These boys need to be taught human worth. Both need to be taught real love.
Fellow mommas, it is not to late. I have a boy. My sweet baby son. We HAVE to teach them right. We have to show them the value of women.
We have to change the culture.
Please. For my two little girl's sake. For my boy's sake. For your children's sake. We have to do something.
We can stop tolerating it.
*To be totally truthful I do not have Cable or anything like that, so I don't watch "TV"
Interestingly enough when I do see catch a glimpse of it at someones house I get nauseated by how much worse it has gotten since I killed my television. Do a little experiment. Turn off the TV and watch no rated R movies for a week or two, then turn it back on...you may just find it repulsive and kill your TV too. We threw out the junk that was clogging up our minds and haven't looked back. We love football, but we found you can stream games online. We can still watch movies, but we get to choose what we allow into our homes. Just a thought.