More from the article :eek:
The rise of the bride who is more bold than blushing can be explained by a host of sociological factors, most of which have nothing to do with the word “bridezilla.” For one, our entire culture is loosening up and becoming more sexualized, and taking the wedding ceremony—and young girls’ dreams of what theirs will be like—with it.
This is, after all, is a generation that is comfortable with “sexting” and posting provocative pictures of themselves on Facebook and MySpace. And it’s an age when respected actresses and role models pose seductively on the covers of the lad magazines. “In American society now, you see little girls being sexed up,” says Chrys Ingraham, a sociologist and author of White Weddings: Romancing Heterosexuality in Popular Culture, a critique of the wedding industry. “You can’t disconnect that from the way the wedding industry is going. We have 13-year-olds getting makeovers and having oral sex.”
I read this stuff, and I ask myself as a cradle Catholic…How weird it was around 13, that I felt insulated or sheltered, when it came to teenagers engaging this nonsense…and how glad I am now when my older sister would say I was like an “old man” teenager… “you youngins, that’s immoral! shakes fist —why don’t they know this?”
It’s been a decade now so I’m sure the pre-teenagers are probably even more corrupted.
these become more popular after sexually liberated working women started appearing on television programs like Moonlighting or Murphy Brown in the late '80s and '90s. Women decided they wanted a real night out, too, instead of afternoon gifting and the bride in a hat made of ribbons from the presents she got. “The women I interviewed didn’t like bridal showers,” Montemurro says. “They saw their fiancés going out and having these nights where they were drinking, and thought, ‘It’s not fair that I’m in this stilted ritual where I have to act very feminine and proper while the guys are going out and having fun’.” Strip clubs, bars and whoever makes those glow-in-the-dark penis-shaped rings capitalized on this sentiment by marketing to brides, and women everywhere adorned in condom-covered veils went out to celebrate.
At the actual ceremony, however, brides were nearly as reserved in the 1990s as they’d been in the 1950s. But then the numbers of women who got married in churches started to drop, and so did the strictures on what was appropriate to wear. (According to a survey by Condé Nast bridal media, only 46 percent of brides were married in a church or synagogue in 2006, down from 55 percent the year before.:rolleyes:) As more couples began to get married in homes, in hotel ballrooms or on beaches on Capri—anywhere but places of worship—the bridal gown lost its ceremonial meaning as a virgin’s garb. It became a fashion garment only.
This is all encouraging sin…and typical…
This is a deceptive article…wide and attractive, enticement to destructive behavior…
“I figured it couldn’t be all that special,” she says. “It’s just a woman taking photos with some skimpy clothes on. But that isn’t the case at all. When I saw the photos, I gained self-confidence and realized I’m way too hard on myself.” McLaughlin even posted the photos on Weddingbee.com, where she got about 70 comments telling her how great she looked. “It took a lot of courage for me to share the photos,” she says, “although I did crop them so my father wouldn’t have a heart attack.”
Reading this article was weird. I don’t know if it’s because I 've started listening more to the Catholic faith, in the past year…or if it’s been a drastic shift in cultural norms, or what, but it’s definitely alien.
How fast things change from even the late 1990’s…casual talk in a general news magazine about kids engaging in oral sex. 10 years ago, a whole nation was outraged and disgusted with the President’s activities. now it’s ho-hum…