Abandon Text!

W. H. Auden once said: "Poems are not finished; they are abandoned." I have been abandoning writing projects for many years, since only the pressure of deadline and high expectations ever got me to finish, or even start, anything of merit. This blog is an attempt to create a more consistent, self-directed writing habit. Hopefully a direction and voice will emerge.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Foley artist

After several days of press coverage, I've about had it with the whole Foley flap. I don't feel particularly inclined to defend the guy, since what he did was certainly sleezy. But the fact that no legal body can find any legal grounds to press any charges only proves that he was merely sleezy.

I can find no internal consistency in our society's attitudes about sexuality. Teens have sex with other teens, and we shrug it off. People sleep with each others' wives, and we seem to think that's their "private lives." We douse ourselves in media that has gone beyond suggestive into obscene. And then we are shocked, shocked to hear that someone sent suggestive messages to someone else that they shouldn't have sent. It's not that there wasn't a line crossed -- it's just that our reaction seems profoundly out of whack with everything else that's going on. If sixteen-year-olds need that much defending against sexual predation, then can't we defend them from each other, for God's sake?

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