Let's see, where do I start?
The geek kissing the babe, close up and complete with slobbery sucking noises. Long and drawn out and ...offensive. Nothing left to the imagination...not that you would want to imagine any further with that one.
The 2 Broke Girls pole dancing, Calvin Klein guy spinning around and around in a narcissistic self-love feat. Then there were the sitcom previews, introducing themes of sleaze and sadomasochism. Lovely family watching material.
How do you explain that to a ten-year-old who thinks they're watching a football game?
And when did spinning women around in cleavage-busting leather costumes become funny and amusing to families watching football?
To all the men and women who laughed--how do you explain that to your child?
How do you teach a young boy to honor women when you're not outraged at women dressed like sex slaves? Even for men, the Calvin Klein ad was demeaning. Still, the degradation was much more slanted toward females.
How do you teach your daughter to honor and love her body, the temple of her soul, when you put your stamp of approval on Beyonce crawling on the floor, writhing around in a few scraps of leather held together by modern miracles of performance gear?
How low has society become when we don't even blink an eye?
And how sick and twisted has society made sex out to be? It’s pretty clear how women are depicted. What’s “sexy” these days is getting sicker and sicker, thanks to easy access to porn and erotica and TV programs lowering standards of what’s considered age appropriate.
This Super Bowl, the commercials weren’t selling soda and chips. Don’t get me started about the inferior ingredients in their products--that was another kind of insatiability they were selling. These vendors sold their souls just to get a few seconds of your attention.
And unknowingly, you and I let them into our homes as guests.
We told our daughters to look the other way when we could, but more often than not, they had already seen the garbage we had no way of knowing was there.
So, it became an "after the game" conversation. Damage control.
#1 That crap was not okay. (Don’t believe what you hear. When kids know you disapprove, it does have an impact on them.)
#2 Never let anyone tell you that to be somebody, you have to crawl on the ground, dress like a prostitute, dance around a pole, or laugh at cheap humor that's degrading to women.
# 3 Want a woman to follow? A woman who honored God and her body in the ultimate way? Follow the Mother of God. Other good females to follow? How about St. Eleni, St. Katherine, St. Anastasia...the examples are endless. And, pray for the singers and so-called actresses and actors in featured sleaze-coms of the day. But don't teach your daughters to follow them.
#4 As a parent, be the example yourself. Honor your body and teach your kids about the beauty of sexuality in marriage--not what the world is trying to brainwash them with, that they are only of value if they're half clothed.
When this kind of treatment of women is so commonplace and accepted, don't tell me we live in a world of equality.
Women should not let themselves be treated this way, but men should not be okay with it, and neither should other women.