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By Diane Brandon
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Sunday, January 10, 2010
It’s a New Year — finally! I personally am very glad to see 2009 over with. It’s been such a difficult year for so many people.
I’ve been chewing on something that’s been on the news off and on over the past year or two — and that is the increased sexual activity and sexual exhibitionism of teens, especially in the United States. Now teens have intercourse may not be a new phenomenon (in spite of the fact that the percentage of them doing so has risen dramatically over the past few decades). What is new is “sexting” and public sexual activity.
Having sex in public would have been scandalous years ago. We now learn that not only are a large percentage of teens sexting each other, by sending nude photos of themselves to the opposite sex, but also that there is public and group sexual intercourse and penetration, as if it were a game. Needless to say, this type of overt sexual exhibitionism leaves many people — primarily adults — scratching their heads.
What is behind this sexed-up activity?
While I’m sure there are many contributing factors, such as absentee parents loosening mores and values, and widespread sexual activity being increasingly portrayed overtly on media (TV, film, and print), I would wonder if there may not be an additional factor at work here — a fairly invisible factor.
This is the factor of the omnipresence and pervasiveness of toxic chemicals in our environment — in our food, air, water, clothing, furnishings, toiletries, cosmetics, etc. It’s no secret that many of these toxic chemicals are endocrine disruptors, and there are many scientific accounts of animals in the world having aberrant sexual traits. Frogs have been widely observed with sexual mutations for several years now, and these sexual mutations have been attributed to the estrogenic effects of pesticides.
So could the toxic chemicals everywhere in our world be affecting us in ways we could not have dreamed of? There have been some reports in the past few years of blood sample results showing numerous chemicals in people’s blood, the most recent showing newborn infants with over 200 chemicals (see http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=newborn-babies-chemicals-exposure-bpa and http://www.naturalnews.com/026584_chemicals_cancer_blood.html, for example).
Given the fact that some of these toxic chemicals are known to be endocrine disruptors, could chemical contamination be contributing to contemporary teens’ overtly sexed up behavior?
Kind of makes you wonder, doesn’t it?
Saturday, December 19, 2009
We are now on the cusp of the holidays — and the New Year is within sight. 2009 has been a terribly hard year for so many people, and many welcome the arrival of a new year.
What will 2010 bring? I personally feel optimistic about the new year. I feel that the economy will be noticeably improving and that unemployment will begin to ease within the first six — if not three — months. A renewed sense of optimism about finances will begin to return to the overall mindset and ambiance.
However, I also feel that we’ll witness more evidence of Climate Change, and, as a result, the need to focus on environmental issues will become even more apparent. I see people realizing that personal responsibility will need to be taken for one’s actions and how they impact the environment.
Political polarization will no doubt continue, as the old thinking clashes with the new, and as some adherents of political parties will choose confrontation and denial of facts over truth and peace-making.
I sense that by the end of 2010 the overall mindset in the United States will have shifted from what it is at present, as old assumptions give way to new realizations.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
The extreme polarization politically in the United States has not only heated up in the past months, but also gotten very nasty and violent. When people attending “town hall” meetings are either physically attacked or verbally vilified, something significant has clearly changed in American society. It’s one thing to have a civil discourse on issues. It’s quite another to have name-calling and violence.
Add to that apparent hatred the rude outburst of Congressman Joe Wilson during President Obama’s speech to Congress and we see not only political polarization but also the erosion of civility in our society. And the fact that Wilson has now raised over $1 million since that petulant and immature outburst clearly shows that this anger is somewhat widespread.
So what is going on?
Clearly people’s buttons are being pushed — and, truth be told, we knew this was going to happen. In the U. S. we have the first African American or mixed race President. That has pushed many people’s buttons, and not just the Skin Heads’ or publicly avowed racists’ buttons, but also those of the quiet citizens brought up to see blacks as inferior. Having an erudite, well-educated African American sitting in the White House simply upsets the unconsciously conceived existing order too much for them.
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