Monday, July 07, 2008

Massachusetts Ambivalent on Sexual Revolution

Anecdotal views of society where the sanctity of marriage is defiled, resulting in a breakdown of the family as the basis of society.

-- As reported in Time Magazine 6/18/08
As summer vacation begins, 17 girls at Gloucester [Mass.] High School are expecting babies — more than four times the number of pregnancies the 1,200-student school had last year.

The high school has done perhaps too good a job of embracing young mothers. Sex-ed classes end freshman year at Gloucester, where teen parents are encouraged to take their children to a free on-site day-care center. Strollers mingle seamlessly in school hallways among cheerleaders and junior ROTC. "We're proud to help the mothers stay in school," says Sue Todd, CEO of Pathways for Children, which runs the day-care center.

Gloucester's elected school committee plans to vote later this summer on whether to provide contraceptives. But that won't do much to solve the issue of teens wanting to get pregnant.

-- then, from Time Magazine 6/23/08
. . . nine Gloucester High students have talked to TIME about the girls who decided to get pregnant. Some described the pregnant teens as having little parental supervision. "They could stay out all night if they wanted," says a classmate, whose parents requested that she not be identified by name. Others noted a herd mentality. "I think the plan was a lot about peer pressure," says Nicole Jewell, a rising junior who describes herself as being friends with some of the girls involved. "But a lot of girls were excited to be a part of it."

Then, consider the 4th of July parade at nearby Beverly Farms, where children are encouraged to create a mockery of the Gloucester High School unwed mother situation. This local TV news video report explains the three parade floats that included a variety of vulgar satire of child birth, teenagers dancing in pregnant costumes, and crass verbiage on posters.

To view the parade floats that the TV news had to censor, view this amateur video.

You may be surprised to hear criticism by parade viewers that the children were distributing condoms at the parade -- after all, this is a common occurrence in the Massachusetts schools.

Next, we read of a Boston-area beach that is overrun by public sex.

-- From "Sex Acts on Provincetown Beaches Prompt Outrage" by Katy Jordan from the Boston Herald 7/7/08

Frisky sun worshipers are flocking to have sex on the beach in Provincetown - but are sending horrified family vacationers packing, officals said.

Angry Cape Cod National Seashore officials said they are cracking down on public sex acts along the picturesque shoreline after the number of citations for public sex acts more than tripled, from an average of 40 to 132 last year.

Complaints have included whale-watchers sailing past large groups of nude men, and families stumbling upon people engaged in sex acts on the pristine national shore that attracts tens of thousands of vacationers from throughout the world each year.

One complaint, issued in 2007, was from a New Jersey family walking in the dunes who encountered couples and a large group of men having “sex in the nude, including oral and anal sex right out in the open,” the Cape Cod Times reported last week.