I’m going to be honest. The name “Robin Thicke” means absolutely nothing to me.
Don’t know the man. Don’t know his music (well, I am now unfortunately acquainted with one song). Don’t really care to either.
What has been brought to my attention, however, in all the furor over the VMA’s is how this young man has emerged virtually unscathed. Few have been railing against Robin Thicke (a thirty-six year old married man btw) or his active participation in the “simulated sex” aspects of Sunday’s performance with Miley Cyrus.
Point of fact, she was acting out the disturbing lyrics of his song. Yet, Robin has been blameless throughout. And in my concern for the young woman, I overlooked the man who is equally responsible.
This is where we really need to have a reality check. If there is ever going to be a turnaround in the endless tide of pornography, the sex trade, human trafficking, violence against women, et al, then men are the ones who must step up to the plate and start taking positive action.
Fathers need to be have serious discussions with their sons about the programs or movies they watch, the kind of music to which they listen, and what internet sites they visit ( every bit as much as girls do). They need to taught (through example) how a woman should be treated with dignity and respect. Men need to turn away from the sexual images being used to “sell” them something.
And please stop laying the blame at the feet of the woman (or girl) alone.
There are a lot of single mothers who are struggling to raise sons of noble character as well. They could use worthy male mentors. Men of the church who take the role of Christ-like leadership seriously. What we need are men who will take those younger under their guidance and show them how to live with humility.
What we need are men of valor.