I previously posted a sad tale of our times, namely the recent craze among female teenies–and tweenies–of taking the virtue of sharing to what would have been termed a sick extreme just a few years ago.Â It seemsÂ some girls are sharing pictures of their naked bodies with their boyfriends and significant others via their cell phones.Â In turn, the boys, being boys, have been sharing the pictures with their buddies and with theÂ universe via YouTube and other internet venues.Â (http://www.genelalor.com/blog1/?p=176)
AÂ fellow old fartÂ once told me that heÂ regretted having been born 50 years too soon since he missed out on this New Age of, let’s say, teen abandon but I wonder if our younguns are really enjoying their new freedoms or whetherÂ cell phone stipteases are more an expression of their empty lives.
What brought that thought to mind was that cell phone relationship innovationÂ which wasÂ reinforced by this week’s trip down Debauchery Lane, the discovery that at least some high school kids have taken a great leap forward by a pact to get impregnated en masse. (http://www.newser.com/story/30483.html).Â YetÂ another sign that America is slipping down history’s toilet?
Gloucester,Â Massachusetts teenies have now given that potty another big flush.
Picturesque Gloucester, â€œAmericaâ€™s Oldest Seaport,â€Â should now also be labeled â€œHome of Americaâ€™s Dumbest Teens.â€Â Whatever their motivation, fast tracking to adulthood, looking for love and attention in all the wrong places, or just plain, old bubbling hormones, at least seventeen of Gloucester High Schoolâ€™s 1200 studentsâ€”mostly sophomoresâ€”have intentionally gotten themselves with child. (http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080620/pregnancy_pact_080620/20080620?hub=CTVNewsAt11) In days of old, that was crudely labeled getting knocked up but these kids donâ€™t see it that way at all.Â In the very bad old days, teens who had gotten pregnant were packed off to another localeâ€”to a distant relative or a home for unwed mothersâ€”and, if they returned at all, their young motherhood wasnâ€™t advertised.Â These Gloucester girls not only plannedÂ their pregnanciesÂ so they could raise their babies together but were disappointed if they werenâ€™t impregnated and, no doubt, will try, try, try again.Â Those who did succeed were high-fiving one another in the halls of Gloucester High.I served in the trenches of high school as a teacher for 28 years, so I know something of how these girls think, or used to know.Â Most are good kids, romantics to the core, infatuated with 13 year old Julietâ€™s affair with Romeo, somewhat distraught over their unfortunate denouement, who then went on their merry way, content with just being teenagers.Â Iâ€™m also familiar with their teen angst but most lived through it.Today, they donâ€™t all live through it.Â Girls hanging themselves over being dissed by fellow students, engaging in vicious girl-fights and filming it, asserting their rights by all kinds of profane behavior arenâ€™t exactly the norm but such incidents arenâ€™t commonplace anymore either. Â Teens planning their pregnancies simply takes those changes to a whole new level, a much lower level.I can only speculate on the causes of these sea changes in the future women of America.Â Perhaps itâ€™s the popular new fad of teachers of both sexes bedding down their students.Â Perhaps itâ€™s the Hollywood bimbos showing their bulging bellies and ring-less, third fingers, left hands.Â Perhaps itâ€™s Jamie Lynn Spears proudly announcing her pregnancy at 16 or sister, 26 year old Brittneyâ€™s, insane antics.Â Perhaps itâ€™s their idol Miley Cyrus, aka Hannah Montana, cavorting semi-nude and posing in suggestive pictures with her daddy. Who knows?I hope Iâ€™m not alone in thinking the sea changes are sick. Â Iâ€™m also a tad curious as to why virtually every story Iâ€™ve read about the Gloucester girls emphasizes that the town is a predominantly Catholic town. Â