WE live in a highly sexualized world in the west; there is no denying this fact. Sex is a marketing strategy hence the society is constantly bombarded with messages of that nature. However, this fact does not justify nor make crude behaviour acceptable. Where the sex act is concerned there was always a place of privacy, definitely out of sight and between consenting, hopefully responsible adults.
Apparently not so anymore. Abetta Country is noticing that increasingly school uniform clad teens are taking to the streets of Castries, and malls in other parts of the island, to brazenly engage in public displays of affection, as in kissing, long romantic embraces, fondling and touching of private parts, as if they were in the privacy of their bedrooms.
Obviously, considering the long list of outrageous conduct they engage,, in to name a few loitering, gang fighting, stabbings and other forms of unruly and loud behaviour, large sections of adults admit that they are seriously losing respect and admiration for secondary school children.
Indeed there are many male adults, who say they have no qualms in making sexual advances to the female students, because of their conduct.
It seems several teens are bent on going the sex route, amazingly anywhere, anytime, always ready. This type of raunchy conduct is truly reprehensible, disgraceful and inexcusable. It distorts the image of other well mannered, disciplined students. It means that both the present and future of this country are in a pathetic state of affairs.
Upon further investigation, it was brought to light that the schools are increasingly faced with incidents of inappropriate behaviour as well. The sex crazed behaviour has infected the school environment, even to the point where children have been caught in actual sexual connection by school administrators. The many cell phone videos which have been captured and posted online exposes bigger issues with our youth. It begs the question: Have we not taught our children to love and respect their bodies?
It speaks to a massive moral decline in self-respect, self-pride and self –restraint. Here are young people engaging in high risk behaviour and are gravitating in a direction which is clearly fertile with disadvantages. Unwanted pregnancies, contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, child maintenance issues, come immediately to mind.
The sad thing is that the society has chosen to turn the other cheek and have thus seemed largely unflustered, and tolerant, proceeding about life in the usual “business as usual” way.
Truth is, the society is already plagued by egregious acts of incest, rape and sexual abuse crimes against minors. We are already seeing a dangerous collapse of self-respect, self-restraint and respect for others among our youth. This trend will only exacerbate if we are to continue tacitly endorsing this type of behaviour by remaining silent. These young people will take over the reins of leadership and management of the country in a few years. Just how dysfunctional and damaged they will emerge from their apparently “no holds barred” teenage years is a question for Einstein’s consideration. Ooops he is dead. We cannot afford to pass the baton at this time. There is need for certain issues to be given concerted amplification over the media and in more inter–personal fora such as schools, clubs etc. where teens can be educated and counseled up–close. I recommend discussion areas such as Sexual Activity and Teenage Behaviour, Safe Sex and Teenagers, Sexual Health and Reproduction Education, Self-worth and Pride, the Value of Waiting for Adulthood before engaging in sex and the social implications for teenage mothers. I hope to hear key agencies come out to work to rebuild our once unspoiled national moral standing once and for all. But let’s begin by offering them some guidance when we see them in those compromising situations. Do not pas silently by.