[WARNING: SEXUAL THEMES DISCUSSED. ADULTS ONLY, PLEASE!]
Brethren, we have failed. Again.
(Hold on, it's not what you think. Bear with me, please.)
I'm not sure if any of my readers heard, but last night I was informed that Hayley Williams, lead singer of the rock band Paramore, had a topless photo of herself on her Twitter page.
That may not suprise you; it doesn't really surprise me, I'm sorry to admit. It's so commonplace these days.... So what's the point in my mentioning it?
Firstly, as any of my readers may have guessed, I take pains to know what is going on in these kinds of circles. Why? If you've ever spent even a minimal amount of time with any "young person" (teen, etc.), you'll find it clear that their music influences them very much. Much more, in fact, than many might think, I'd say. (See here, for example--I've seen other studies as well.) And as I both care for this generation, and also practically know that they literally are our very future, I want to know what is behind them.
Secondly, as I've admitted here before, I really like Paramore's music. They're far from perfect, I know it, and I have not placed them, or Miss Williams herself, on any sort of pedestal. I like some of their louder songs (Crushcrushcrush, Fences, and their newer ones Ignorance and Brick by Boring Brick), and their song Decode grabs me every time, even though it was written for the film version of Twilight. Long-time readers may remember my review of one of their songs, here. While I love the sound of the song, the use of God's name in vain was too far for me.
So, that's about as bad as they've yet tread--use of the Lord's name in vain. Sure, the guys in the band are annoying-looking, pierced things, and Miss Williams doesn't exactly dress in the most modest apparel, but when it comes down to it, they're pretty tame, all things considered. While I don't like to rationalize things that way, I've long appreciated Hayley's lack of sexually-charged-ness. For one example, I loved her attitude to being named the "2nd sexiest" rock vocalist by a magazine (see here).
While I don't even own any of their albums (only having bought just a few of their songs via iTunes), and I can't call myself a true fan, I'm still a bit disappointed. Not very surprised, but still a bit disappointed in her. I'm always the first to believe in the good in a girl.
Miss Williams hasn't stated much, but to my knowledge, the picture was real (at first I thought it might be one of those photoshopped fakes that the perverts of the world enjoy creating to plague famous women), she acknowledged taking it, but claims her acoount was hacked. She took down the picture hours after it was posted. She apparently uses Twitpic, and acquired a new phone app around 24 hours or so before this event occurred--what this all has to do with hacking, I'm not sure (I don't even know how to work them, let alone hack them!), but it really is irrelevant. I have to say, I believe her. Why would someone post a nude photo of themselves, pull it, and then go do damage control? Unless she was somehow, extremely intoxicated, I can buy the hacked concept. The ladies who pose nude for public shoots, such as Playboy or something of this sort, do so in a open, perhaps even flaunting manner. The embarrassed response from the singer just doesn't seem to fit the bill here.
Some think she did it accidentally, others say it was an intentional publicity stunt, and many others claim it was indeed a hacker, and his name is known. I really cannot say. Either way...if it was truly a hacker, I look forward to his/her criminal prosecution.
I find this sort of behavior to be morally reprehensible. I heard it said that this photo was meant for her boyfriend and none other. For any said hacker to post it publicly is both unfair and disgusting. Clearly this photo was private and it is really no one else's business.
While this is incredibly tame compared to most stars of the day, our standard must be the Bible, nothing else.
Therefore...I don't get to do this often enough, so let's turn this into a comment discussion. How do you feel about it? How would you think of this reflecting upon their music? Would you boycott, or stop listening? Would you continue? Would you rush to Miss William's defense? Let me know in the comments! (As for myself, I'll admit this will likely spoil my enjoyment of the few tracks that I do own somewhat, but I'm also not interested in a serious boycott either.)
So all of this is getting somewhat irrelevant for my current post topic. What is known is that Miss Williams posed nude for a photograph. This is unacceptable, clearly.
But, a larger question is, why do these sorts of things happen? Why is our world, our culture, falling apart at the seams? Most "celebs" of our day make Miss William's scandal look like a favorite game played in medieval nunneries.
I've talked about it all here before. We could go on and on. But for my personal purposes, let's harp yet again on one of the major issues I am concerned with this day and age.
What else do we teach our women, our girls? Show your stuff! Flaunt your body! We love it, that's all we want.
Let's digress for a moment. I admit it; we're designed this way. It was not good for man to be alone, so God created woman, it is true....but now due to sin we have our difficulties in this area. It is no simple thing to curb the growling beast within every man (myself included). It is very simple to allow it to vent itself, or even, perhaps, to take over. Every man (And even every woman? ;-D) can attest to this weak area within ourselves.
But I'm not asking for perfection. I'm asking for you to try, for crying out loud!
It is high time that the few changed the many. What I want is a small army of dedicated men to show the males how it is done. It is time to show every girl, every woman, every lady, that we are different.
It is time to show the most precious gift God has given us men on this earth just exactly what matters.
No, you don't need to flirt, flaunt, and expose. You don't need to appeal to our carnal, animal desires to succeed. What we must desire, and what you must do, is the Way of the Woman. Biblical womanhood, true femininity. You've heard it all before here, but I'll say it again. If you've ever seen it yourself, you know it is something to be treasured.
Perhaps, someday, young ladies will wait to "bare all" until they are wedded and can give themselves to their loves in all purity, and we give ourselves to them in turn.
I long for such a day.
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