I was very impressed by Mrs. Gore's ability to articulate the effects of the explicitly sexual and or violent lyrics and images which inundate our children's lives. It is a very well researched, thoughtful and thought-provoking analysis of this cancer in our society. And make no mistake about it, it is a cancer.
These words and images are teaching our children to derive pleasure from the debasement, the torturing and the killing of other human beings. When people state that this entertainment has little or no effect upon people, I say that these people have little knowledge of history. Societies have been moved by the power of a person's words to excite the passions of its citizens. Our education system is based upon the belief that the words of a teacher or a writer has the ability to transform a child's view of the world.
Look at our current society. Children massacring their classmates; junior high and high schools with day care centers because teens and preteens think nothing of sex and nothing of bringing a child into the world. They are following the lessons that are preached in the songs and videos of their rock star idols .
The notion that parents' can isolate their children from this entertainment, that a parent's value system can make a child impervious to this seduction, is unrealistic and unhealthy As Hillary Clinton stated, "It Takes a Village" to raise a child. Adults, but even more so children, are extremely dependent, and this is as it should be, upon their relationships with their peers to find their meaning in life. Our children are meant to find their ultimate joy not with us but with their peers.
In enumerable situations, the government has made a decision regarding what is harmful to children and thus limits what can be presented to a child. We do not allow children to smoke or even to be seduced into smoking by allowing cigarette advertisements in our schools. We do not allow alcohol advertisements in our school. We do not allow teachers to advocate to their students the butchering of Jews or the enslavement of African Americans. We do not allow adults to sexually seduce a willing adolescent.
Is this censorship? Of course it is. No society has been free of censorship. Up until the 1960's our country thought nothing of censoring what it thought to be lewd and indecent. This did not in anyway threaten our freedom to criticize our government. Except for the few true theocracies, the two have little relationship to one another. If anything, tyrannical governments usually find it to their advantage to dull the senses and the morality of the citizens with licentious entertainment. Look at ancient Rome. Even in our own society as we see more filth being thrown into our faces, we are gradually seeing suppression of criticism of the government in the name of homeland security.
We need to see that our society is contradicting itself in saying that children should be shielded from certain forms of behavior except when that behavior is performed by entertainers.