I get absolutely pissed off that we live in a society that wants us to forget the basic scientific principle for which we exist on this earth in exchange for rose colored glasses in a fantasized matrix like world. Republican Florida state Rep. Kathleen Passidomo ruffled a few feathers recently when she referred to an alleged gang rape case out of Texas involving and 11 year old girl. Her words were no more than a warning to parents, but misconstrued by media as meaning that child “had it coming”. We all can agree that no one deserves to be raped, but at the same time (women) we have been taught to keep ourselves modest in dress and avoid certain types of unwanted attention. But it seems lately that we have dropped the ball where our children are concerned. No longer are children sneaking the clothes they want to wear against parents’ wishes into their back packs for a quick change before and after school. Today, we actually purchase the clothing for them and occasionally take family photos in them.
To quote Passidomo, “her parents let her attend school like that. And I think it’s incumbent upon us to create some areas where students can be safe in school and show up in proper attire so what happened in Texas doesn’t happen to our students,” (sigh) I guess when it comes out of a politicians mouth, you’re damned if you don’t and damned if you do. So pardon me, but damnit I will. I am in no way supporting any political parties in my opinion, but where do we get off saying that this womans’ statement is accusing the 11 year old victim of bringing the circumstances on herself? Passidomo is not saying that it’s the little girls’ fault for “dressing sexy”; however she is holding her parents responsible for not teaching her the urges of basic human behavior. We are always asking for new and effective ways to protect our children, but we so steadily overlooking the primary principle of prevention. While we can’t protect our children from crazy gunmen in schools, we can teach them how to function appropriately in society to prevent such traumatic occurrences like the one in Cleveland Texas.
Layman’s terms??? Stop sexualizing your children. Stop allowing them to wear the same clothes that you wear to the club. If you can pick an outfit for the club out of your daughters’ closet, and she’s not 18, then you are DOING IT WRONG!!!! What ever happened to teaching girls about modesty, and how to dress, think, and act like a lady. What’s this generation going to be called? Generation Ratchet? News Flash parents, you mothers weren’t prude. They were aware of Freud’s classification of Id in men and they knew that given the opportunity, the Super Ego and Ego would lose out and the worst result imaginable would take place if proper steps were not taken to prevent the confliction of the hierarchy in the first place. So here is the exception to the rule. It’s ok to be like your mother where issues like this are concerned. Old fashion is sometimes a reference to tradition. Tradition is what has kept us alive for centuries. Your babies’ safety is stake, and only you can teach them before it’s too late. Raise Em Wise and Raise Em Real in 2013.