"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

Sep 15, 2010

Glamour

So.

I just finished reading the August, 2010 issue of Glamour, which my wife inexplicably brought into our home. The cover has a twelve year old looking little girl, clutching kittens, sporting a plastic smile and a lot of eye shadow - someone I guess I should recognize, but don't.

I don't have the time or the inclination to go into all the shit that my middle age brain found wrong with what I read, so I'll keep it brief.

I doubt Larry Flynt never hated women as much as the editors and publishers of Glamour do. And, he never tried to sell them paint-on jeans across the seam from an article about taking it easy and letting go of bad habits...

3 comments:

Charles F. Oxtrot said...

C'mon, Jack. By the time a girl is 12 she's supposed to have screwed at least two guys and have a varied set of sexual positions she prefers. What's a little makeup when a girl's got such experience? I'm not gonna get creeped out unless they're in the single-digits and wearing makeup. Remember, human sexuality should be celebrated, not stifled. Twelve-year-olds are sexual beings too!

Jack Crow said...

Heh.

I'm actually fairly apathetic about "teen sexuality." They do it. I don't care.

My wife, though, works in OB/GYN, and she's positively jaded now.

I know that her view is somewhat skewed, because she sees the people who need/must come in, and not their percentage of the total population.

But, it does seem that some where along the way to fully realized sex ed, someone forgot to mention that herpes doesn't go away and babies are the evolutionary goal line of procreation.

Respect,

Jack

Charles F. Oxtrot said...

I will say that the sexualization of 12-year-olds is far advanced now, compared to the days when I was 12. And since I work with kids who have been sexually abused I can say I've seen the ramifications of hyper-sexualization of a child. Not good.

One might make the argument against me that sexual abuse is forced sexuality, whereas left alone experimenting 12-year-olds are engaged in voluntary sexuality. But my point is different. My point is that sexualizing a child is bad because children lack the maturity and experience to handle the complex emotional landscape that arrives with sexual behavior. A 12-year-old can't navigate that terrain, no matter how "precocious" he/she may be otherwise.

I'm not too keen on the coppers or the govt, but there are definitely good reasons for statutory rape laws, with the protection of fragile childhood psyches being a large subset of those reasons. And that's not even getting into the adult predator aspect of the situation.

The more kids get rushed into adulthood, the more fucked-up the general populace is going to be.