Monday, November 21, 2011

The New Cultural Inventors of Evil


This is a rant. Actually, this is an angry rant. If you’re not up to it, slowly take your fingers off the keyboard and back away from the computer. Still here? Okay, just as long as you don’t say I didn’t warn you.

It’s a given that in our post-modern world there are things that go on that—shall we say—raise the eyebrows.

Some of those things I find mildly irritating, while others I find somewhat frustrating.

This is neither!

This makes me want to blow a gasket. This makes me downright angry. This sickens me to my gut.

My wife called my attention to an article she’d recently read and I just about threw up my breakfast (and if you know me you'll know I'm really partial to my food).

There’s a store in the Greely Mall in Greely, Colorado that has reinvented the boundaries of lasciviousness and debauchery. Kids N Teen sells crotchless panties for girls as young as seven years old! Yep, you heard me right. I said seven years old!!!

What? Please forgive me for being such a prude, but somewhere we’ve crossed the line from being culturally relevant to being creepy, lewd and perverse.

Crotchless panties—if I’m not mistaken—are products made to heighten sexual pleasure for adults. It’s not my business what adults do in the privacy of their bedrooms, but I certainly draw the line when it involves sexualizing seven year olds.

What were they thinking? Well, when confronted the store claimed that the underwear was meant for high school girls. Oh, okay. Forgive my cynicism but am I to understand that that makes it more acceptable?

My youngest child is a freshman in high school and she’s almost fifteen. If anyone—and I mean anyone—gave her a gift of crotchless panties, you’d have to visit that person in hospital and then stop off at the jail to visit me afterwards.

In case you missed the question the first time let me ask it again: What the heck were they thinking? Actually, the real question should probably be, “Were they thinking?”

Here’s what bothers me the most; in doing market research to determine the viability of such a despicable product, who did they poll? Better yet, who did they determine to be their target market?

Last I checked, seven-year-olds don’t go shopping by themselves. There isn’t a parent that I know that would be purchasing crotchless panties for their seven year olds, so that leaves only pedophiles and child abusers as a possible target market.

With that in mind, the owners of that store should be put in prison and introduced to the prison population as child molesters and then left with them for a couple of days. That should, hopefully, serve to reorient their broken and perverted perspective.

While due credit must be given to the angry parents that forced the store to remove the “thong panties” from the shelves, it must also be noted that sadly, our culture feeds this kind of perversion and voyeurism.

Shows like TLC’s (The Learning Channel-what a contradiction in terms) Toddlers and Tiaras glorifies the sexualization of kids. Spoiled and pampered five year olds are dressed up and made up to look like what can only be described as painted dolls, all in a bid to satisfy their parents missing childhoods.

The parents who parade their children in such despicable ways are setting them up for a painful future, but that’s another story for another time. My wife—being so much more gracious than I am—calls these parents “Troubled.”

I have a different word for them, but for the sake of my audience let’s just say I consider them deviant and demonized!

We are a nation in dire straits. When the freedom to choose leads us down the path to inescapable bondage to illicit and perverted sex, then we are no longer free. The Scriptures have this to say;

“People did not think it was important to have a true knowledge of God. So God left them and allowed them to have their own worthless thinking and to do things they should not do. They are filled with every kind of sin, evil, selfishness....They invent ways of doing evil.”
-Romans 1:28-30