You know something that's got me thinking now that it's almost inauguration day… the uproar based off of the obscene sexual comments Donald Trump made. Now, I'm not saying he should or shouldn't be president. Frankly there isn't a single human being that doesn't offend us in one way or another, right? We're all imperfect.
But something I found so interesting when the scandal first came out was people's reaction. Yes, I 100% disagree with what he said. Yes, I did find it offensive. I also, however, wonder why we don't hold all people to the same standards? Certainly as our president we should hold him to a higher standard, right? But why just people of influence? We're all influential to those around us in one way or another.
It’s sad but it’s all relative to the context. Like if a hip hop artist makes a comment like Trump did in a song, we praise him. If someone says something like that on say, The Bachelor, then it's scandalous but in a sexy way (insert eye role). The culture of our country is one that is wildly over sexualized. You'd have to be living in a hole in the ground to not know that.
I've been appalled by some of the things the girls I’ve worked with have told me guys have said to them. It's so offensive I'll never repeat it out loud. And somehow that's acceptable. Somehow they get away with it because they’re teenagers or their guys and they have a higher sex drive or whatever other excuse. Did you know that on Porn Hub alone (just one of many pornography websites) that in 2016 alone 91,980,225,000 pornography videos were viewed. If you break that down – that averages out to 12.5 videos for every man, woman and child on this planet! “To put that into even clearer perspective, the analytics show that an average of 64 million people were watching porn on just this one site on any given day.”(Quote via Fight The New Drug). No wonder our culture is so over-sexualized.
My point is, shouldn’t we hold all people to a higher standard? The influence of the porn culture and objectifying other people isn’t going to change until we take a stand and stop the demand.
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