CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

August 19, 2008

BRAMBLES (Brief RAMBLES) 1-9 August 15, 2008


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS
BRAMBLES (Brief RAMBLES) 1-9  August 15, 2008

CHILDREN’S SLEAZY BACK TO SCHOOL CLOTHING STYLES
BLAME IT ON FRANCE

CHILDREN’S SLEAZY BACK TO SCHOOL CLOTHING STYLES

It’s back to school for the youth and children in America.

Last year, fashions allowed in the schools were appalling. Young children WERE ALLOWED to attend their classes in outfits that revealed bare skin to the degree that eliminated any modicum of modesty.

I found the following three items in media hard-copy publications—

First: Cartoon lines:  Signs in a girls department of a store: Back-to-school sale: girlz’ department: 3rd grade—trashy tops; middle school—tart shorts; fifth grade—sleazewear  Mallard Fillmore (cartoon), July 25, 08

Second: In Sweden, clothing company Ellos pulled two-piece bikinis designed for baby girls and apologized for the products after widespread protests. The bikinis, which were designed for girls as young as 2 months old, were pulled from stores after children’s and women’s groups complained that the revealing swimwear contributed to the sexualization of the bodies of small children…In the Greensburg Tribune-Review, July 25, 1008 (from wire reports) KUDOS to the women’s groups who complained. Woman power works!

Third: A school district in Gonzales, Texas (Gonzales High School) is trying one response to the distasteful attire worn by students—violators of the school’s dress code (bans include spaghetti-strap tank tops, extra baggy pants, cargo pants, T-shirts, miniskirts and any clothes showing underwear) will be required to don navy blue overalls unless they have another set of clothes from home. The jumpsuits are meant to cover up the students, not to embarrass them.

The idea of the school board, which ordered eighty-two jumpsuits, styled like prison outfits and made by Texas inmates, is to direct student attention on education rather than clothes.

The senior class president said that some of the school’s 2,650 students plan to turn the policy on its head. Instead of considering the jumpsuits a punishment, instead “they’ll see it as an opportunity to be like, rebels…I don’t think there’s going to be enough jumpsuits for everyone in the school.”  Tribune-Review, Aug 2, 2008

Children’s styles are bound to have a backlash, but only if the adults in this country take their responsibility seriously. I wonder: Are the students who wear these styles (that I am told are the only styles available in the stores) really comfortable in them?

What are we teaching our children about modesty? Classes teach children that their bodies belong only to them, that no one is to touch them in their private places. Yet parents purchase clothes for their children to wear to school, and schools allow this clothing, that reveals the body parts that the children are taught are private. Will we wonder later on when our children are sexually harassed and assaulted? Will the marketers, parents and schools admit to their responsibility in this behavior?

Can it not be considered a form of child abuse, or at least child neglect, to allow these styles to be worn by our children when child molesters permeate every neighborhood?

BLAME IT ON FRANCE

     Since my research involves France and French émigrés, the above title in the June 1, 2008 Tribune Review, bylined Washington, caught my attention.
     It stated that June was the 40th anniversary of the ending of “Spring Thunder,” which began in March 1968. Its first “thunder claps,” arising on a northern France university campus and slowly spreading to Paris, were harmless enough. They involved complaints about a lack of space and indifferent teachers. When the police and students battled, the police unsuccessfully used brutal tactics, shocking the middle classes so much that the students’ parents joined in their demands for a new society. Their discontent with the de Gaulle government then spread to the labor force. By May 24, ten million workers joined the students, going on strike and occupying the factories and schools.
     Posters all over France proclaimed: “Government of the People.”
     It was over in ten days.
     Slogans were shouted: “Be realistic! Demand the Impossible” and “You can’t sleep quietly once you have opened your eyes wide.”
     I recently did my first draft for a scene at the beginning of my historic romance novel. It was a discussion among eyewitnesses who witnessed the Fall of the Bastille. The beginning of the French Revolution. The slogan for that period in French history was Liberte’, e’galite’, fraternite’. Each era, each event, elicits its own slogans…
     Uprisings change countries. The Washington-based British journalist and political observer who wrote “Blame it on France” noted that although “Spring Thunder” failed politically, “it overturned the conservative morality of the time, replacing religion, patriotism and respect with humanism, Third Worldism and sexual liberation.”
     The Fall of the Bastille brought on the revolution.
     And we can blame it on France.
     Spring Thunder brought sexual liberation. Is this why the United States appears to have lost any element of standards and modesty in dress, to the point that children are being clothed like sensual adults? Can we really blame it on France?

ADDITIONAL READING:

SHOULD INFORMATION ON AN ALLEGED CHILD ABUSER BE PUBLICIZED?

DRESSING FOR BLESSING: GOD AND FASHION Part 1

I BELIEVE GOD INVENTED DANCING

 

BUSY—I’M SO BUSY!!! Lent Devotion #28

WILL YOU LOVE ME TO DEATH?

BUTLER STREET

BEYOND THE ROCK

THOUGHTS FOR DAVID

REACH OUT

A PIECE OF ME

THE WELL-ADJUSTED CHILD

CHILD ABUSE AND SCRIPTURE

CHILDREN LEFT HOME ALONE (or in cars alone)

ANOTHER HORRIFYING HEADLINE

 

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