Sunday, March 19, 2006

"It's Nice to be Naughty": Myspace and S-E-X

News flash: S-E-X is vitally important to teenagers. Raging hormones, lousy role models, and societal pressures conspire to seduce their fantasies, corrupt their conversation, and tempt their lifestyle. Sadly Myspace understands this and exploits it to no end. Everytime I log on, or just visit the Myspace homepage, ads featuring half naked knock-outs scream for me to meet naughty singles. Even worse, unsolicited cyber-sluts regularly invite me to be their "friends," supposedly because my "happily married" profile makes me attractive. More maddening, while it forbids explicit nudity, Myspace welcomes photos of self-disrespecting teenagers passing themselves off as erotic playthings. With user names like "Radioactive B!+@#," "Suckanut Slut," "Boyish Sex Machine," and "NaughtyXXXAsh," teens (or adolescent adults or pedophiles passing themselves off as teens) boast of sexual curiosities, and real or imagined sex-capades that make locker room braggadocio appear PG. I agree with Tony that we need to engage, but it's infuriating to see kids manipulated so grotesquely. Sorry that this post is more of a rant than a help. Read this, this, this, and this for more constructive thoughts. While I'm ranting, beware the "Next Blog" button on Blogspot. Not every blogger shares the same values, and apparently Blogspot doesn't forbid X-rated content. While the randomization of "Next Blog" can be nice, it can just as easily be naughty.


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