From the current issue of The Week:
A 6-year-old Colorado boy was suspended from school for reciting the rap lyric “I’m sexy and I know it” to a female classmate. “Sexy and I Know It,” by LMFAO, recently topped the national charts, but school officials said first-grader D’Avorite Meadows committed sexual harassment by quoting its chorus. “I’m floored,” said his mom.
We are a society that loves to jump on the bandwagon, a society of latching on to the most recent obsession and running with it. Not so many years ago, it was preschool teachers abusing children. It has been child abuse, which is an frightening and important topic, but it resulted in a parent losing his ability to discipline his child – reasonably and justifiably – with a swat or anything that could be construed as abuse. The kids know this, and the kids know the telephone numbers to Social Services.
Now it is sexual harassment. Can we never become aware that there are problems of many sorts, then work on them, deal with them – appropriately and in moderation? Must we always see the in every word, every action, intent to do harm, whatever the harm-of-the-month might be?
Situations like the Colorado boy in the article above are so ridiculous, so absolutely insane. I know our kids are exposed to a great deal more now than they were before television, computers, instant mass media, but come on! Let’s not make nightmares where none might exist. To add to this sadness, this is not a singular case of this type – I have seen news reports of many such instances.
Then there is the John Travolta story – I am suspect of these “abused” that are coming forward. I suspect there may be a lot of looking for a moment of fame in these accusations. But if that isn’t true, if Travolta did act in an offensive manner to these people, they were adults – they were able to simply say “no” and walk from the room. I doubt they would have lost their ability to earn their livings had they done so. And do we need to know? Aren’t Travolta’s sexual preferences really something that are between himself and his wife? We have all these privacy laws that can really become quite a bit of a pain, yet we afford privacy to no one anymore. I recognize that when one is a celebrity, privacy is not their main goal, and is something they can expect to lose. To a degree, yes. But that does not mean we need to be aware of every blooming second of their lives. I feel no need to go to bed with them, yet the media seems to think we should.
I am not saying we should ignore wrongs or try not punish those who are truly guilty. I am saying we should behave like intelligent, thoughtful, reasonable adults. We should investigate thoroughly, make certain we have all the facts, without undue publicity. With caution. Those who come forward with accusations that are proven false should not be let go scott free. I don’t know what kind of punishment would be appropriate in those instances, but certainly setting out to harm someone’s reputation to promote one’s self should not be brushed off lightly.
Respect – we all need to show respect. The “Golden Rule” is a good one; maybe we should try it out and see how well it might work for all of us!
Now that my rant has concluded – for this day, anyway, pictures follow. These are some that I took while we were in Deadwood, SD.