Beyond this being a derivative and foreseeably byproduct of sexualizing teens like Mylie [Sic, sic, sic!] Cyrus and the whole Bratz phenomenon, the problem we have here is people like David Frum giving a 20 year old who goes on a gay teen forum to engage in fantasies about sex with underage boys a forum to espouse views that Frum and others characterize as conservative or libertarian, thereby giving him a legitimacy no one should.In our day (even farther into the Golden Past of Erik's Imaginary Normal America than Erik goes) "teen" was pretty much defined by sex. The macro-we were interested in it, wanted it, & wanted more not long after. ("Adolescence, how does it work?")
Were laws against child-molestation unnecessary until the Disney Channel started pushing Miley Cyrus down America's throat? Did it take "the whole Bratz phenomenon" to bring attention to perverts? (Not that teens being horny has anything to do w/ sexual abuse. But to deny that teens are sexual, & then to imply that Bratz/Miley Cyrus [and the vast free-market capitalist entities that profit therefrom] are responsible for pedophiles & ephebophiles is bullshit.)
Not that we're defending Erik's main target, Alex Knepper. But was it really a Bratz doll that set creepy Alex on the road to whatever psychological problems he has? Doubtful.
Still, you can't help but love a cretin like Erikson, who will go on for a seeming eternity about timeless values from G-d, his side is right, liberals are wrong, & indecent, & immoral perverts, & everyone who's normal agrees w/ him. But put an 8x10 of Miley Cyrus or a Bratz doll in front of their home-schooled junior Christians & their whole morally superior cultural thing collapses w/o a fight. You've got a brand loyalty problem there, Erik. Is it branding, or is it just that the product is no damn good? And just how large a government are you willing to have to enforce your idea of normal, since all your lies have failed?
Also: We're sure Mr. Erikson had a long & harsh piece on the National Review Online & its Gallery of Sickening Old Pervs (John Derbyshire). Didn't he?
Added touch of the schadenfreude, from the complaining party:
There’s a young conservative writer on the rise – published at Big Hollywood, NewsBusters, and the Daily Caller, and personally supported by former National Review columnist and former Enterprise Institute fellow David Frum — and he’s a defender of pedophilia.No surprise to us, sadly.
Elements of Style©: As an aficionado & occasional practitioner of the run-on sentence, & having reread E.E.'s quoted stuff way up there (Prepared for the jaw-dropper, this time it scanned & we realized it was but one sentence.) we'll give him a C-. B- on effort.