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A Catholic who follows Rome & the Magisterium. I'm against gay "marriage", abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, human cloning. Altar girls, Communion in the hand, Eucharistic Ministers and "Protestant" music in the Church doesn't bother me at all. A proud American retired submarine sailor. Our borders should be secured with a 10 ft. high fence topped by concertina wire with minefields out to 20 yards on both sides and an additional 10 yards filled with warning signs outside of that Let's get energy independent NOW! Back Israel to the max, stop appeasing followers of the Pedophile Prophet. Pro 2nd Amendment, pro death penalty, Repeal all hate crime legislation. Back the police unless you'd rather call a hippie when everything hits the fan. Get government out of dealing with education, childhood obesity and the enviornment. Stop using the military for sociological experiments and if we're in a war don't micromanage their every move. Kill your television, limit time on the computer and pick up a book. God's will be done and may He have mercy upon us all.

Friday, August 26, 2011

How our women are getting "skanktified"

BUFFALO, NY, August 26, 2011 ( – A study by University at Buffalo sociologists has found a rise in “pornified” images of women in popular media. The researchers are warning that these findings are cause for concern because previous research has found that such images of women have negative consequences for both men and women.

University at Buffalo (UB) Department of Sociology assistant professors Erin Hatton and Mary Nell Trautner are the authors of “Equal Opportunity Objectification? The Sexualization of Men and Women on the Cover of Rolling Stone,” which will be published in the September issue of the journal “Sexuality & Culture.”

Hatton and Trautner examined more than 1,000 images of men and women in “Rolling Stone” magazine from 1967 to 2009. They chose “Rolling Stone,” according to Hatton, because “it is a well-established, pop-culture media outlet. It is not explicitly about sex or relationships … and so offers a useful window into how women and men are portrayed generally in popular culture.”

The authors measured the intensity of sexualized representations by developing a “scale of sexualization.” The scale gave an image “points” for being sexualized if the subject’s lips were parted or tongue was showing, if the subject was only partially clad or naked, or if the text describing the subject used explicitly sexual language.

Hatton and Trautner found that in the 1960s, 11% of men and 44% of women on the covers of “Rolling Stone” were sexualized. In the 2000s, the percentage of men who were sexualized had increased 55% to 17% and the percentage of women 89% to 83%.

“In the 2000s, there were 10 times more hypersexualized images of women than men, and 11 times more non-sexualized images of men than of women,” said Hatton.

“Sexualized portrayals of women have been found to legitimize or exacerbate violence against women and girls, as well as sexual harassment and anti-women attitudes among men and boys,” Hatton says. “Such images also have been shown to increase rates of body dissatisfaction and/or eating disorders among men, women and girls; and they have even been shown to decrease sexual satisfaction among both men and women.”

“Although on the surface these findings are not surprising, I was indeed surprised by the intensity of women’s sexualization relative to men,” Hatton told LifeSiteNews (LSN).

“Such images came under fire in the 1970s, but since then we as a culture don’t think they are particularly problematic,” she said. “People say, ‘Well, what do you expect? Sex sells!’ Or, ‘We are a sexual society.’ But if that were the case, we would not see such a dramatic difference between men and women, AND we would not see such a dramatic increase in hypersexualized images of women, but not men, over time.”

“I think it’s time to open a new and heated public discussion of the prevalence of such images and the problems they cause, and I think that there would be broad-based agreement from both sides of the political spectrum that these images are problematic,” Hatton said.

(End of story, my comments follow)

Everytime I go to the local grocery stores I see the latest issues of "Cosmopolitan" and other women's magazines by the checkout counters. Almost without exception the pictures on the cover are close to "soft porn". It gets pretty disturbing when I wonder what message it sends to my growing children.

We no longer watch television, the "wardrobe malfunction" of Janet Jackson led us to that. My wife actually witnessed it, I had gotten up for a cup of coffee during the halftime show. What really surprises me is the number of our acquaintances who DO watch the tube and let their kids do it. Today at the "meet the teacher" meeting of our church preschool class my daughter's teacher tried to determine if our girl watched "Clifford". I felt strange because we don't use our TV for anything except videos. In other words, I feel out of place because my children don't wallow in a cultural cesspool. That is pathetic.

I can't even shop for my daughter's clothing now without keeping an eye out for "hottie" outfits. The last time I went (two weeks ago) I bought several pairs of shorts for her. It wasn't until they'd been washed and we replaced her other clothing with them that I realized how damned short the things were. They qualify as hotpants IMO. I'll be making another clothing run soon. But it's damned annoying.

The list goes on and on.

Where does it all end? Damned if I know, but as a parent I'm disturbed by it all.


ignorant redneck said...

Yep--to teach our daughters and granddaughters not to be skanks rates as counter cultural.

Considering the data on the effect of a TV screen--the scan line frequencies--on developing brains, I'm suprised a teacher would recommend even Clifford! no--scratch that--teachers are not the best place to look for what's good for kids.

Anthony S. Layne said...

This is a little off-topic, but ... You mentioned JJ's "wardrobe malfunction". I just remember one man's remark that his seven-year-old son didn't react to the breast flash, but did want to know what this "E.D." was the commercials kept talking about.

Stick a fork in Western culture ... we're done.

MightyMom said...

it is very real and very very disturbing

Subvet said...

IR, I wonder how difficult it would be to live among the Amish?

Subvet said...

Anthony S. Layne, I'm afraid you're right. It's only a matter of time before we're overwhelmed by Islam or some other culture. THEN we'll find out what persecution REALLY is!

Subvet said...

MM, no kidding sweetie.

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