SHORT COMMUNICATION 357
America's Prudish Society
Concerning America's modern society it is correct to say that it is a wide-open society. Popular morality (which is bad) has been out of control for quite a few years, and it has picked up a full head of steam during the past five years or so. And during those past five years it has become a two-edged sword. To put it quite bluntly: The American society is clearly prudish, and there is considerable evidence to support that fact.
Any day in America's society there are women's provocative or inappropriate clothing, but that is considered less offensive than remarking upon it. Calling a near-nude Madana a "hussy" or a "tart" would be crude, but her mock crucifixion and simulated sex acts as she entertains are not considered crude. More than 500 people in Chicago were murdered during 2012, yet the Mayor berated Chick-fil-A because the founder does not approve of gay marriage. Two U.S. states approved of marijuana smoking, but the social taboos against tobacco smoking makes it impossible to light up a cigarette in public places. Gen. Dwight Eisenhower carried on an affair with his young female chauffeur during WW2, while in contrast Gen. David Petraeus had a career-ending affair with Paula Broadwell. Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer was found to have hired prostitutes on many occasions during his time in office, yet he was given a CNN news show despite the scandal. Dr. Kermit Gosnell killed and mutilated seven after birth babies with scissors and conducted sometimes-illegal late-term abortions during a long career, while fierce and widespread media condemnation carne down on NFL quarterback Michael Vick for his dog-killing episodes. And 50,000 abortions in the U.S. have been done without any outrage by the mass media since 1973.
Popular morality is completely out of control now in America's society. It causes great confusion in matters of right and wrong, especially among young people, and what is acceptable behavior and what is unacceptable behavior. That's why America has the Lost Generation. Their parents are not much help in straightening out the Lost Generation's thinking, so it looks like America has the Lost Generation to keep America's lost society very good company. What a total mess that is!