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You Can't Call a Pretty Girl Pretty; What Kind of Country Are We Becoming?

The Original Alice Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 6:57 PM
wtmoore1, I am actually with you; I want little girls striving to be smart, kind, strong, and good. But they all crave being called beautiful. And if Daddy doesn't call her beautiful, she will look for another guy to find her attractive. A football announcer will not change this. And no programmer will say, "Zoom in on Anderson's wife, the nuclear scientist," if she is homely. TV is a visual medium. If she is attractive, they will zoom in and say, "And Jane is as smart as she is beautiful; did you know she is a member of CERN? Watch out, Anderson! Don't try and pull anything over on her at home!" Alas - and call me narrow-minded - but I suspect few world class football players are married to brilliant scientists...
wtmoore1 Wrote: Jan 12, 2013 12:00 PM
It's not about whether football players are out changing the perception of what is valuable in women, but my response was in reaction to the fervor emerging on the right against those who were offended by the comments.

I don't expect Brent Musberger to change the world all by himself, but I do think we can expect him not to unnecessarily reinforce that world-view during a football game, where it has no place at all. Girls should be able to watch a football game without that version of "success" touted in their faces. Or, at the very least, they should be able to vocalize their concern about comments or programming with which they disagree without a campaign of indignant anger by the right.
The Original Alice Wrote: Jan 12, 2013 2:44 PM
So should boys who don't play football very well have that version of success touted in their faces? Is it cruel to show them guys who play football really well and attract attractive females as a result?
Should America's Top Model and the Miss America pageant be banned, since it promotes being beautiful as equaling being successful? (You'll probably say, "well that's the place for that.")

And it's not that some people complained - it's that the program buckled! They *publicly agreed* that it's really bad to call a beautiful woman beautiful! 'Cause it might hurt someones' feelings!
The precedent that that sets is the cause for anger, not that some overly-sensitive types were upset.

Before examining the ridiculous controversy stemming from Monday night’s college football championship broadcast, let us stipulate that there are more urgent and scary ways to describe the current changes in America.

We are becoming a culture of dependency. We are becoming a neo-socialist experiment. We are becoming a dumbed-down nation unappreciative of its founders. We are losing touch with the Constitution and the very concept of liberty.

I do not argue that today’s essay is our most pressing problem. But as scores of fine writers address the various angles of our republic’s dangle from a precarious thread, I thought I’d venture...