Why Do We Let Them Dress Like That?

The title to this entry is the title to a Wall Street Journal article published this week.  The article provides a surprisingly honest statement about teen sexuality, particularly related to the way parents let their daughters dress.  Its is a short article an I recommend parents read it.  (Warning:  language is a little course, but parents need to understand it. )   When you read it, remember it is not coming from a preacher or even a professing Christian.   If they can see it, why can’t the the church?

If you check out the article, be sure to watch the interview.  Very frank and honest.

We are the first moms in history to have grown up with widely available birth control, the first who didn’t have to worry about getting knocked up. We were also the first not only to be free of old-fashioned fears about our reputations but actually pressured by our peers and the wider culture to find our true womanhood in the bedroom. Not all of us are former good-time girls now drowning in regret—I know women of my generation who waited until marriage—but that’s certainly the norm among my peers.

So here we are, the feminist and postfeminist and postpill generation. We somehow survived our own teen and college years (except for those who didn’t), and now, with the exception of some Mormons, evangelicals and Orthodox Jews, scads of us don’t know how to teach our own sons and daughters not to give away their bodies so readily. We’re embarrassed, and we don’t want to be, God forbid, hypocrites. (emphasis added)

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