Kathryn Lopez

The agitprop dropped during a week that also saw the awful Miley Cyrus-Robin Thicke Video Music Awards Performance. The pathetic display in the name of entertainment became an excuse for media outlets to endlessly reuse b-roll of a 20-year-old in her nude rubber underwear. Miley Cyrus's is a sad story of innocence robbed in a culture that makes a mint off Disney girls gone wild as an expression of faux adulthood. There was much less outrage over a 38-year-old man insulting our intelligence by insisting that a song that has been described as "rapey" -- "the hottest tch in this place," "you know you want it," he repeats as his "Blurred Lines" refrain -- is "great art" and even a "feminist movement in itself."

Women deserve so much better than the multifaceted lies we are told today. As we say we seek to optimize choices, the celebration of women as having unique, natural gifts worthy of protection and desperately needed by the world is increasingly foreign. Surrogacy makes light of the maternal bond in the name of what has been determined to be progress; its advocates benefit from people of good will not really paying attention. Women, children and men become casualties in yet another unnecessary misery.

A worthy dream today is not just intolerance to a market on wombs, but the poisonous dehumanization of women, that pits her freedom and worth against her very nature. This may open a cultural and political Pandora's Box, but as "going natural" trends, this may be the healthiest of proposals.

In 1956, Rev. King, posing as St. Paul, wrote a letter to America. In it, he advised that: "You have allowed your civilization to outdistance your culture. Through your scientific genius you have made of the world a neighborhood, but through your moral and spiritual genius you have failed to make of it a brotherhood. So America, I would urge you to keep your moral advances abreast with your scientific advances." He also wrote, from jail, that "Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust." There's a degradation afoot. And it cries for a sisterhood of good sense and an exaltation of the good gifts for which we are natural stewards.


Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.