Over the last 50+ years we have been indoctrinated by pornography. Playboy, Penthouse, Hustler…etc…if you’re old enough you might remember those “hidden” magazines that one had to make a real effort to buy and look through; well they just look tame compared to what we have accessible now. If anything, our normal evening line up on mainstream television and Netflix is more pornographic than anything out there 50 years ago. There are 420 million+ pages of porn online these days…easy to find and easy to look at in secret.
But do we even do this in secret anymore? Not really.
It’s all about Freedom! Empowerment! Embracing your sexuality! I’m sure that these words sound familiar to you? These are the words used to justify the filth that we get to see on a daily basis.
Just open up a magazine, any one that is marketed out there, and you will see overtly sexual advertisements. If they aren’t sexual then they are selling the idea that we all need to look ageless, and our value comes from looking young. Billions of dollars spent each year making us buy something to feel better about ourselves. Plastic surgery and Botox are becoming so normal that we don’t even blink when we see another stretched out expressionless face, or breasts that can’t possibly be natural. “Hey, if you don’t like it, then fix it!!” Right?
Does this only go back 50+ years? No. It goes back throughout time. Even in the Bible women were treated like a commodity. Women were used as property, for slavery, and treated like second class citizens. They really didn’t have any value. And there was no question that they would have the same rights as men. The odd verse would tell of a woman accomplishing something, but for the most part they were ignored. Unfortunately there are many places in the Bible where the oppression of women is used as a tool to keep us down. After all, we are to be quiet, and to wear long hair, and to be in service to our husband who is the head of the household.
Sound familiar? It does to me.
No wonder we try to get our power through our appearance…
to be continued…