Just a mere 20 years ago, the lifetime of my oldest son, the innocence of childhood was still a way of life, although the threats of our secular culture were looming. I guarded the spirits of my children with an impenetrable force as I watched the menacing selfishness of the feminist movement demoralize our culture.
Fast-forward to yesterday when my hair stylist informed me that Halloween is no longer celebrated in schools, and if the atheists and extreme Muslims have their way, her daughters kindergarten class may not be having a Christmas party either.
As if this wasn’t enough to make my blood boil because of the imminent eradication of childhood, a woman was reading her publication of Cosmopolitan Magazine UK. On the cover were the pubescent faces of the “boy” band known as One Direction. Plastered just underneath their faces was the headline, 60 Minute Orgasm.
My sudden gasp at the obvious connotation of this specifically orchestrated group of teens on a woman’s sex magazine caused the reader to look my way. Her obvious confusion at what set me off made me feel sad for her. And then I wondered, why don’t parents want children to experiencing the innocence of childhood?
When I got home from the hair salon and turned on the television, a commercial for the annual Victoria’s Secret holiday show appeared. Once again young viewers were bombarded with the sexualization of innocence. Not to my surprise, Justin Bieber and Rhianna would be the musical entertainment for a show that does nothing more than put near naked women on display.
Is this really the level of nurturing that mothers and fathers have opted to settle for, rather than fighting this sexual war on children? Have parents considered what is at stake when they ignore this creepy way of life we have come to accept as normal?
As long as parents, especially mothers, buy into the pop-culture of those stars who sexualize little girls by enticing them with soft porn, we can expect to see more and more sex predators living and working in mainstream society. Furthermore, pre-teen girls who are bigger fans of Rihanna than the moral lessons taught by fairy tale princess books will fall prey to guys who beat them. In case you forgot, this tween pop star was brutally beaten by a young man with no sense of moral reasoning. Later, Oprah Winfrey, curiously a heroine to mothers and women in general, sensationalized the “love story” of Rihanna and Chris Brown. Ms. Winfrey allowed Rihanna to cry on national television and declare her love and desire to rescue her young man that no one understands but her. Rihanna said that she is the only one who understands him and he needs her to teach him how to be a man. Good luck with that Rihanna!
Truthfully, what these stars, promoters, parents, and especially mothers need are time to stop and think about the repercussions of their actions. Ironically, rather than preserving the simple little innocent ways of childhood, parents would rather sexualize innocence and tempt their own children’s fate with the likes of pedophile monsters.
This is not going to stop as long as media dictates pop-culture. So, the abolishment of pop-culture media will have to begin in the home.
How will that happen? Responsible parenting!
The idea that popularity is the goal of childhood is actually narcissistic parents living vicariously through their precious children. Innocence and reason should be the circumstances parents wants for their child. While I hate the word “should” because it creates the feeling of guilt, in our modern day culture of child pornography, human sex trafficking, parental sexual exploitation, mass murders, and the confusion between what Hollywood stars do and say, it is no wonder we have this lack of nurturing of the human spirit.
I hope for a world where one day the simplistic innocence of written words by the Apostles, Hans Christian Anderson, J.R. Tolkein, C. S. Lewis, and our Founding Fathers, to name just a very few, become the literature read to children, and required of our schools. I hope for a world where parenting is a means of protecting the human spirit with an impenetrable force, and popularity is an evil aspiration. Last but not least, I hope for a world where women are cherished and respected, not sexualized, because they were chosen by God to be the gender that allows the dignity of every human life a chance to thrive.