This story is almost too dark for words, though we need to unpack it a little.
Earlier this week, The Washington Post had one of those slice-of-life news features that took an everyday topic from real life and framed it in a way that put it on page one.
The hot question of the day: Why are all of those girls wearing such slutty T-shirts to school? What’s that all about, other than some kind of post-feminist libertarian mall-values revenge plot?
I mean, the shirts are getting so bad that the liberal establishment is nervous.
That would be the liberal establishment that guarantees that pop culture is as grungy and lewd as possible (free speech) and that kids imbibe their message (that sex is fun and there are no limits) at as early an age as they can. Is it any wonder that the kids spew this back? "Garbage in; Garbage out"
Kids have always pushed the envelope of rules, social norms, and appropriateness. So what do they do when they're raised with no rules, no social norms, and no understanding of appropriateness. To push against nothing means you fall headlong into a pit -- and so they do. They look for shock value, they know the body is simply an instrument of sexual pleasure (a message religious cranks have been trying to supress for centuries) and they respond like this. This generation was raised on "clever" innuendo and double entendre from their first Disney flick, so where's the surprise?
It would seem that, despite the buttoned-up pretense of the successful adults in society, "Peyton Place" was always going on somewhere. Whispers to that effect indicated that the straight-laced generations of old weren't what they pretended to be, and the hippies called them on their hypocricy. No more duplicity. Now the hippies have raised their kids without pretence or "empty" constructs and have found that it didn't work either. With nothing to hand on in terms of basic ground rules for the good of family and children, we're in a adolescent cesspool of hormones and games -- which bring death. (But my how we'll giggle as we go down.)