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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct 19, 2011 / 21 Tishrei, 5772

Nuance no longer --- the line has been crossed

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I finally found a word I've needed for some time now.

It's a word I wanted whenever I saw pictures on Facebook of young females striking the same robotic sexualized pose.

It's a word I wanted when sampling prime time television programs and hearing male and female anatomy used as punch lines.

It's a word I couldn't put my finger on when I received press releases touting new books extolling the benefits of women exploring erotica.

The word is pornification.

I came across it in a newspaper article quoting a college professor. It's actually not a new word, it's been around awhile.

It is a perfect description of what has happened to our culture. We televise toddlers in full makeup with big hair and little stilettos, doing sexy dance routines competing for prizes.

Miss Colombia, in the Miss Universe pageant, had to be reprimanded by pageant officials for going without underwear at public appearances.

Nine-year-olds emulate Lady Gaga, singing along with her about being kidnapped, duct taped, and sold as a prostitute.

A friend who was substituting at an elementary school sent a female student to the office for inappropriate dress. The girl replied, "My mother says I can wear a top that is inappropriate or a bottom that is inappropriate, I just can't wear them both at the same time." Follow that logic.

And then there is the siren call of the Internet. The porn of today is so vicious and vile it makes a Playboy centerfold of the '60s look wholesome, the kind of girl you'd take home to Mom. Oh, wait, Mom may be a 50-something cougar posing in the buff herself these days. Seems like half the world (and much of Washington) is sending nude pictures of themselves via cell phones.

We've lost our partitions. We've lost the divide between appropriate and inappropriate, moral and immoral. We have obliterated the divide between childhood and adulthood. Fragile things like innocence, wonder and discovery are crashing like waves on the rocks.

What has all this pornification cost us? Debauched stereotypes, a loss of childhood, a growing number of males who can only be satisfied in front of a computer, females who mimic hookers, violence and degradation passing as fun and entertainment.

There's no turning back, but we can be intentional about moving forward. We need to introduce some new elements into conversation, things like genuine self-respect, dignity, gentleness and kindness. We need to grow backbones and speak up when something is inappropriate or crosses the line.

We need to create environments where people matter, relationships have more depth than "friend me," and face-to-face contact is more standard fare.

We need to build families where people are actually home once in awhile, the screens aren't always on and where interesting things happen.

Sound like a field of dreams? It's not. If you build it, they will come.


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