Monday, January 10, 2011

The raunchy 'real' world ~ By Patrice Lewis

If people could only stop bathing in the river of slime issuing from mainstream media sources and Hollywood, they might see there's a whole, huge subculture of teens who are growing up with old-fashioned virtues intact. This subculture is not only alive and well, it's thriving and growing.
In this column, Patrice Lewis discusses the criticism of her and others that are raising their kids with "morals and values that keep our children out of the 'real' world." Patrice explains that there are many parents like her, where their children are homeschooled, and many more are sent to private and parochial schools and that don't consume the junk on the idiot box, where "Hollywood is shockingly obsessed with sexualizing teen girls."

And who are the people that criticize Patrice and parents like her? It's those who are "bathing in the river of slime issuing from mainstream media sources and Hollywood," and who are "the useful idiots who watch" that "will continue to criticize those of us who raise our sons and daughters away from the 'real' world." Can or will the trend toward the raunchy "real" world continue? Patrice believes that it "is the time-tested, morally sound principles by which Real America raises its kids that are 'real'."

The raunchy 'real' world
By Patrice Lewis

January 08, 2011 ~ 1:00 am Eastern

© 2011

You know, the older I get, the more I'm convinced I live in a fantasy world.

In this cheery little artificial la-la land where I reside, boys are young knights-in-training and girls are virtuous and feminine. Children do not long for new and creative ways to self-destruct, and they have no wish to create havoc in their parent's home. And when everyone grows up, they court, get married and have babies (in that order).

People sometimes (with a straight face, mind you) accuse my husband and I of "depriving" or even "abusing" our children by homeschooling them in a rural setting. How, they wonder, will our girls ever adapt to the (cough) "real" world if they don't have the socialization opportunities of school? What do you mean we don't have television reception in our home? How will our kids ever learn what kind of behavior is expected of them unless they watch such intellectually lofty programs as "Glee" and "Gossip Girl"?

The implication is because our children are growing up valuing modesty, self-control, honor and self-respect, they are maladjusted little twits who will end up as drooling misguided troglodytes with the collective social skills of, say, wood lice.

Then I see a television program and realize why some people think our parental methods are destructive. We're raising our girls far, far away from the "real" world.

In the "real" world of modern America, girls are raunchy sexual creatures whose sole purpose from toddler-hood on up is to dress provocatively, adorn their bodies with tattoos, piercings and make-up, and whose sole goal in life, apparently, is to find out how many boys they can bed.

Needless to say, boys respond to this blatant invitation with vulgar abandon. They no longer need to respect girls since, after all, literally nothing stands between a boy's hormonal urges and completion of the act except for the girl's virtue. Meaning, nothing.

As a result, courtship has become a prehistoric joke, marriage is frequently optional, and no one waits to have babies any more. (And it's often insured that pregnancy does not result in a live baby at all.) When a school cancels a formal dance due to slow ticket sales because vulgar "grind" dancing was banned, you know things are bad. (Good for the principal for sticking to his guns.)

Since art reflects life, television shows celebrate these new standards. Or does life reflect art? Do television shows draw their inspiration from peoples' behavior, or do people behave the way they do because of what they see on television? It's a circular argument. (See Argument, circular.) But either way, the result is coarseness and vulgarity as the new norm.

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