The Public Sexualization of America Can Be Surprising to an Old Guy

By Joe Darby

First let me say I’m not a prude. I enjoy a good sexy book or movie and when it comes to that, I’m not really judgmental.

But it seems to me that this society is becoming publicly sexualized like never before.
The glorification of sex is nothing new. The sexual revolution occurred way back in the 1960s, although I think it was a little slower getting established in the South than maybe in other parts of the country, particularly in California, home of the original Hippies and the Free Love Movement.

Pornography has long been readily available to anyone who wants to look at it and one of the things we have to worry about these days is children learning about sex from the Internet, where no limits are set on what can be viewed.

Movies that are available on almost any home TV set often get pretty close to hard core porn. Moves are routinely produced today for public consumption that would have been rated X some years ago.

But what has really raised my eyebrows lately is the display of sexuality by countless numbers of our young “girls next door.” So let me explain why I’m saying that. I’m a big fan of Youtube. You can find almost anything that interests you on Youtube — except hard core porn — from music videos to sports highlights to how to fix a leaky faucet to photos of auto wrecks from the 1920s.

In the last year and a half I’ve really enjoyed re-watching the highlights of LSU’s magnificent 2019 football season, led by the fantastic Joe Burrow, who’s now doing well as quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals. I also like to watch certain classical music pieces, videos of classic autos, like my 1939 Chrysler Imperial and footage of antique aircraft in flight, as well as the demonstrations of the capabilities of our latest combat planes.

As you may know, when your video of choice on Youtube ends, Youtube suggests several others for you, not all of them on the topic that you have just chosen to watch. So it was in that circumstance that I first saw promotion of a Tik-Tok video, in which young women make quick clothes changes. So, okay, I was curious and I took a look. Most of the girls started off dressed in very baggy gym clothes and with no makeup on then, boom, were transformed into exotic dancers with extremely provocative clothing, lots of makeup and come hither looks in their heavily shadowed eyes.

There are endless variations on these themes. Most of the videos were obviously shot in the girls’ bedrooms, no doubt when the parents were away or were shot behind a locked bedroom door when mom and dad were downstairs watching TV. But what I find rather disturbing about this whole trend is that these kids, and some of them look pretty young, are putting themselves on display as very sexual beings for every pervert and dirty old man who wants to see them.

I don’t know. Maybe this is really these girls’ lifestyle. But that’s kind of hard for me to believe. God knows what goes on at young people’s parties these days. But at least parties are held in private spaces, where you know most of the people who are there.

But when, let’s say, a 16-year-old girl, who presents herself to the public looking like a high-priced call girl, just may live down the street from a sex offender, trouble is likely to follow. I think there’s a lot of risks in these kids’ behavior that they never really consider. And it’s modern technology and social media that make all of this possible. I often wish we could go back to the technology of, oh, 30 years ago. We got along just fine without having our noses constantly buried in our phones. And God knows what the tech people have coming down the road for us next.