Newsflash, November 6, 2015 — Hundreds of high school students may be charged with a felony for looking at photos of each others’ naked bodies. Pornography it’s called; the charge may be a life-changing felony that may put them in prison (hopefully not) and may stamp each of these children as “sex perverts.” Hopefully reason will prevail and no harm will be done to the children. But, as always, news media have to cash in on the latest sex scandal.
Watch any movie/tv story of adults. Inevitably they are tearing off their own or each other’s clothing as they grope for the bedroom. Walk past any store carrying women’s clothing and see an almost naked female form selling women’s underwear. (I personally say they are not selling women’s underwear, they are selling women’s bodies.)
Watch virtually any movie preview, any commercial selling beauty products, women’s clothing, alcohol, toothpaste, viagra, diet foods, cars, you-name-it, virtually ANYTHING, and you will see “sexually available” bodies, in particular women’s bodies.
How can any teen or preteen NOT be be bitten with the buy/sell bug? Not be aware of their own salable bodies, their own physical activities, present and future. How can they NOT wonder about their own attractiveness to others? That is ALL THEY SEE on television screens, movie screens, and now their own handheld screens.
Now this question? Why is an almost nude or alluringly posed photoshopped body simply good “advertising,” and an au naturel, entirely nude body considered pornography?
Humans have big brains. Intelligent we are NOT.
The human body is NOT pornographic. The naked human body is NOT pornographic. We are all born with a naked body. It’s us; it’s natural.
What is unnatural is our national obsession with sex. Sex is sinful? The Stoics thought sex was unnatural because it was not controlled by the rational mind. Then Christianity picked up the idea that all sin came through sex. We have a Puritanical abhorrence of sex. But we have a capitalistic fascination with using sex for profit. THAT is what is wrong. That and the fact that we DO NOT regard our own bodies and their NATURAL state as natural and deserving of respect. From birth to thirteen, children are innocence itself. From 65 to death, adults are (supposedly) “past all that.” But in between 13 and 65, humans are depicted on a non-stop orgiastic trip. In a television story, a male and female cannot stand within two feet of each other for five minutes without requiring sexual release. And that mindset is profitable to all who want to take advantage of it.
Don’t blame the children. They are naturally curious. Why wouldn’t they want to know all about their own bodies? And compare them with others’ bodies? How that is handled requires intelligence and compassion from older adults. It certainly is not a matter of federal laws.
Don’t blame the children. It is our patriarchal, capitalistic (profit above morals) USE of the human body that is pornographic. It is our culture’s absolute obsession with sex that is pornographic. It is “sex is everything” depiction of “manhood” and “womanhood” that is pornographic.
Don’t blame the children. Our culture PROMISES sex to every attractive teen. It promises sex as a reward for wearing certain clothing or appearing without certain clothing, using certain skin products, eating certain foods, playing sports or getting good grades.
Do you really think, in our “everything is for sale” culture, when they see sex legitimately available all around them, that they do not think about “buying” or “selling” some of it themselves?
I have no idea how to educate teenage children about their sexuality. That is the responsibility of parents and the supporting communities who are supposedly, hopefully, trained and ready to do that. But let’s keep federal laws and the police department out of it.
When so-called first-amendment rights demand a culture that can freely sell sex, but then allows the culture to blame the children for catching the disease, well…
Humans have big brains. Intelligent ??? We’ve got a long way to go.