As part of National Offend a Feminist Week, let's observe a sample of the Agents of Societal Destruction in action. We have the standard hand-wringing over a serious problem:
What can we do to stop the “normalization” of violence in youth culture? What can we do to stop assault in the next generation? That was a major topic at The New Agenda’s Violence Against Women forum on April 18. Here’s the video: Please help us to spread it far and wide!The gist: as part of the overall decay of public schools, women are seeing escalating violence, in addition to a spate of Big Numbers. What we never manage to hear escape the lips of these purveyors of dismal is any recognition of possible societal factors involved:
- The ongoing destruction of the family (i.e. male, female, children) as a unit of societal organization.
- The denigration of the male role as a leader and servant in the relationship.
- The promotion of government policy, process and procedure as a source of authority for societal organization.
In the weeks after hip-hop artist Chris Brown allegedly beat and strangled singer Rihanna, a stomach-turning phenomenon happened across America: acceptance.I will admit to a jaded cynicism: my first thought when Rihanna bobbed to the surface of the stream of effluent that is the cable news was that the whole thing was a publicity stunt. While Jane's Addiction falls short of the John Bohnam Criteria, the observation that "...the news is just another show, with sex and violence." remains spot on. So, what do we do? I tell the kids in the youth group:
- Don't worry about being serious with anyone until after college. Figure yourself out first.
- Don't date in numbers smaller than four--keep the fun level up and the pressure level down.
- Don't date outside of the community of faith. If they're too cool to show up at the house of worship at the appointed time, this is a good indicator of their actual interest level.