Sex, sex everywhere
So, 14 young teenagers were allegedly caught having sex in a house in Cooreville Gardens in St Andrew this week. It was reported on radio that the youngsters were being 'processed' after their grand orgy was interrupted by police, who raided the premises.
Among those taken in by the police was a 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl.
Now, most of us looking on would probably ask what has gone wrong with the children these days. I am more likely to ask what the heck has gone wrong with us as parents.
Kids are always going to be curious about sex. If they were anything like me, as soon as puberty started to kick in, a lot of questions started racing through my mind. Why was I having wet dreams and why did I have all these sexual urges.
Then, these days with the highly sexualised content kids face, those urges have been ramped up to a brand new level never experienced before. Every song, every commercial, everything almost has some kind of sexual message behind it. There was this commercial on television recently advertising bottled water and it features a girl with extra long legs in short shorts peering under the hood of her car.
Then, as if that wasn't bad enough, there seems to be no end to dancehall songs espousing gratuitous sex and denigrating women. And I really don't care what researchers claim that music doesn't influence social behaviour. During my lifetime I have seen more than enough evidence to debunk all those theories.
And these days, when intellect or the ability to use it is as rare as water in the Sahara, impressionable minds have become susceptible to the influence of what the music teaches. How many times, for example, have we seen videos of little children being coerced to 'dagger' or whatever that lurid 'dance' is called?
What that has led to - in my humble opinion - is a society where young men see women only as sex objects and many young women see themselves only as receptacles for the constant outpouring of male desire.
A lot of this behaviour is due to what these kids see on a daily basis in their homes and in their communities. And it's not just sexual behaviour; kids are learning to be devious and how to engage in behaviour that is more in the areas of grey than in black and white.
It is against this background that what the police said happened in Cooreville Gardens is not a shock at all. What it is, is even greater evidence that our society is breaking down at such a rate that very soon there will no boundaries as to what is deemed acceptable.
Too often when children are doing things that they should not be doing, their irresponsible parents are trying to find ways to justify the wrongdoing.
I am willing to take bets that some of these parents will not frown too harshly at the children found in that house in Duhaney Park earlier this week. Some might be incensed and inclined to lay down the law, while others will probably try to find some way to justify the behaviour.
Ten years from now these kids will be teaching their kids the very same thing.
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