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Girls should not look like streetwalkers
The hotel is in the middle of a military town, so the elevator was filled with an eclectic slice of Americana. I’m a gung-ho, support-our-troops guy, but four occupants in the tiny cube arched my eyebrows.
If the four young ladies had blinking neon on their foreheads, they wouldn’t have been any more take-a-look-at-me obvious. They were 16 years old, maybe.
Forgive me, but my first thought was not complimentary. Instead, I was alarmed. First impressions aren’t always right, but those initial glances hammer dents into your brain. That’s why I assumed these teenagers were adventurous groupies chasing soldiers.
The perfume and the paint accentuated their hooker wear. Their clothes - or lack of clothes - didn’t suggest they were headed to a church picnic. If Hollywood had asked central casting to send over pre-adult streetwalkers, the four would have been natural choices.
How did I get that idea? Hollywood. These four were Julia Roberts wannabes, straight from the movie “Pretty Woman.”
Shame on me. I was wrong.
Pretty soon, I learned the hotel was swarming with clones of what I saw on the elevator. They weren’t young ladies of the night. They were cheerleaders, in town for competition.
Oops, I meant no harm. I apologize.
But I wonder what the moms and dads were thinking when their daughters left home in those slinky, sexy outfits? I understand the allure of celebrities who rake in cash by posing as sex symbols but, really, is that appropriate behavior for girls in middle and high school?
Cheerleading is a rigorous test of skill and fitness. Some would argue it’s not a sport. But, believe me, athleticism and teamwork are definitely required. And it’s dangerous. Head-butting and concussions, as in football, aren’t routine, but the risk of injury is high.
Maybe it’s because I’m too conservative in my views of what’s appropriate to wear or how to behave in public, but I don’t believe cheerleading choreography has to take cues from hoochie-coochie shows.
I guess we’ve become desensitized by today’s you-can-see-anything-at-any-age-on-television-or-at-the-movies culture. So that means you can see it in hotel lobbies and elevators, too.
Still, I wonder what parents are thinking to condone and underwrite lifestyles beyond the actual ages of their children. Maybe that’s it - they aren’t thinking. Peer pressure must keep them from looking into the mirror and asking, “Truthfully, is this in the best interest of my 14-year-old?”
There is no perfect plan for parenting. It’s trial and error at best. I made my share of mistakes, like taking our three to see the movie “Top Gun” before they were mature enough. I listened to someone’s recommendation, but I failed to do my homework. Decades later, Alan, Emily and Eric still tease me about snatching them out of their seats and marching out of the theater.
What’s the rush? Why do we want our 6-year-old little girl to look like she is 12, and our 12-year-old to look 24? And, for sure, why do we want them to appear to be hookers-in-training for the red-light district?
What are we thinking?
Dink NeSmith is president of Community Newspapers Inc. in Athens. Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. This column was printed in the Athens Banner-Herald.