One of the most popular songs among youngsters in the Western world is currently something called "Beep" by a group called The Pussycat Dolls. Like all her friends, my eleven year old daughter loves this song (even though she claims she can't understand what it's about) and downloaded it from iTunes using her monthly allowance. When I heard the lyrics for the first time, I was appalled: it is basically a song about genitals and masturbation. A couple of months ago, "My Humps", a hit by the Black Eyed Peas, was all about a girl's buttocks and breasts and the presents she received from boyfriends because of them. Both these groups (Pussycat Dolls and Black Eyed Peas) are particularly popular with pre-teens and young teens (older teens "evolve" to more aggressive rap music or other music genres).
Yesterday, all over the newspapers and on the radio, was a story about an 11-year-old girl in Edinburgh who got pregnant by a 15-year-old boy after a drunken night out (!!!). She's now 12 and about to have the baby. Her 34-year-old mother claims she's proud of her daughter's maturity (!!!) and the boy is being charged for statutory rape even though the girl consented to sex (!).
What is this world coming to ? Is this really more "civilized" that the third world cultures we claim to be superior to ?