Friday, July 6, 2012

At this very moment, 13 million Americans are having sex (and you're reading this!)

Who do you think said this?

“Girls who base how much they’re worth on the sexual favors they can do for somebody, that makes me really sad. Because sex is actually really beautiful."

“It’s the only way that we create and it’s the only way that the world keep going. It’s ignorant to not talk to your kids about it or make it seem like it’s not as cool or magical as it actually is. If [kids] have a TV, they know what sex is. Everyone knows, so educate them.”

“Let them know that they wouldn’t be here without it, and it is a beautiful thing, and it is magic, and it is when you connect with somebody and it isn’t how much you're worth. Your worth isn’t based on that. Your worth is based on how you feel about yourself.”

They sound like wise words, so which wise soul said them? Oprah Winfrey? Dr Laura, either Schlessinger or Berman?  Dr Phil (pause for laughter)? Dr Ruth Westheimer?  Any of the panelists on "The View" or "The Talk"?

Nope. These thoughts come to us courtesy of the young (not 20 yet) actress/singer/personality born Destiny Hope Cyrus, but known to millions worldwide as Miley Cyrus.  And I point out that she said them because she is one of those people whose fame so encircles them that she is hardly able to hop in the car and ride down to the Try 'N' Save for some fig newtons without attracting a swarm of camera bugs.  And people tend to think, well, she was Nebraska Alaska or Hannah Montana or some such role, so she couldn't know much except how to sing, dance, act and accrue a fortune estimated at $54 million, which is known as "The Willard 'Mitt' Romney Starter Set" among the monied.

And I don't know much about the young lady myself. I have enjoyed hearing her sing on Christmas shows and here and there, but I don't know if she is familiar to the Phi Beta Kappa selection board.  That's my point (and thanks for waiting for it!)  She has enough common sense to realize that sex is pretty much here to stay, people of all ages and genders will get together, and there's not much point in pretending that if we just keep young people in the dark about it, they won't be interested in being in the dark one night with some person they find attractive.

They will be, and it's better that they know the pitfalls before they fall into any pits.  Thank you, Miley!

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