Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Girls Gone Mild



































As most of you know, I got into a bit of a scrape three weeks ago with a car while I was riding my bike. I'm going to skip over all of the details about how and where and why--you'll have to settle for what, as in what happened after I did a somersault five feet above the ground and skidded across the pavement. As the pictures show, it wasn't particularly pretty. I uncover these hitherto hidden bodily sores in order to satisfy requests for visual documentation of my vehicular beating, though the worst damage is certainly not visible (a cracked pelvis and bruised back that still prevents me from doing any heavy lifting).

And as long as I'm in the spirit of disclosure and working to uncover the festering the festering sore spots that plagued me, let me praise and earnestly recommend another revealer of ugliness in the spirit of Doctrine and Covenants 123:12-14--

"For there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it--Therefore, that we should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them; and they are truly manifest from heaven--These should then be attended to with great earnestness."

I write in praise of Wendy Shalit's Girls Gone Mild, a fabulous new book that brings to light all of the work that goes into making public sexuality the goal after which young women are forced to strive by the standards of modern pop culture. Shalit brings these hidden things of darkness to light and exposes the problems they produce: depression, eating disorders, promiscuity, sexual frustration, low self-esteem, etc. She also goes to great lengths in demonstrating that the current generation of young women are working to reject explicit sexuality and provides examples of girls who have stood up to Bratz, Abercrombie, public school systems and other institutions that push a sexual agenda, offering positive role models for today's young women.

I can't recommend Girls Gone Mild enough--it's an engaging, fun read that will leave you inspired and hopeful that the current generation of young women will overcome the current glorification of pornography, immodesty and other inappropriate sexual practices. Buy it, check it out from the library--ESPECIALLY if you have anything to do with young women; it's worth your time and money.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Zach,

What a terrible ordeal for you!! No one mentioned your accident, and we had picked your Mom and Dad up in Belmont and drove to the Whitcombs yesterday for Roger Sr's graduation/Master's Degree Barbecue. So sorry and do hope it won't be long before you are on the road to recovery. I am assuming that you had a helmet on!! Did someone try to run you off the road? So scary. You are in our prayers.
Love, Aunt Shirley and Uncle David

Latter-day said...

YOUCH! those are some nasty road rashes you got there. I have to imagine the first shower felt like nails.

Feel better.

Anonymous said...

Ouch - Ouch. You and bikes... not such a good combination. Get better.

Ben

Anonymous said...

I second Ben's comment. I have memories of another bike accident in your past... Be careful! No more bikes for a while. By the way, I tried to e-mail you today, but the delivery failed. Are you still online/receiving email? Coming north this summer? Other job prospects? Don't keep your fans waiting! The eager public need to know!
Jenny

The Orton's said...

Zach...OUCH! When my kids whine about minor bumps and bruises, all I have to do now is pull up your pictures and the whines go away. Thanks for that. Hope you are feeling better! Feel free to keep blogging - LOVE IT! Sister NH.

Jake said...

That looks like it was worse than you described! I hope the person who hit you wasn't one of your students! Good luck and take care Zacharias.