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The San Francisco Chronicle reports on a middle-school Career Day where a guest speaker started extolling the economic benefits of dancing naked in front of strangers to young teen girls. Ryan Kim reports that between the fighter pilot, heart surgeon, and concert pianist, salesman William Fried was allowed to extemporaneously broaden 13-year-old horizons with financial details about bust sizes (via Michelle Malkin):
The hubbub began Tuesday at Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School's third annual career day when a student asked Foster City salesman William Fried to explain why he listed "exotic dancer" and "stripper" on a handout of potential careers. Fried, who spoke to about 45 eighth-grade students during two separate 55-minute sessions, spent about a minute explaining that the profession is viable and potentially lucrative for those blessed with the physique and talent for the job.
According to Fried and students who attended the talk, Fried told one group of about 16 students that strippers can earn as much as $250,000 a year and that a larger bust -- whether natural or augmented -- has a direct relationship to a dancer's salary.
He told the students, "For every two inches up there, it's another $50,000," according to Jason Garcia, 14.
Parents demanded an explanation from the school, who blamed the episode on a substitute teacher not cutting off Fried when he went off on his tangent. Left unanswered is why a 64-year-old man thought that such a topic fit within the confines of a middle-school discussion. He had listed the topic on his handouts, so the subject didn't come from the students in the class. It seems that Fried has a little problem and probably lacks the judgment to be around minors.
He's not the only one, as Michelle points out in her links. Our culture increasingly wants to inculcate the message to our daughters that whoring makes a great career and lifestyle choice, whether literally or figuratively. Paris Hilton becomes a superstar for no other reason than a poorly-recorded sexual romp with a paramour that got out to the Internet. Toy manufacturers produce a series of "Bratz" dolls that bear a strong resemblance to streetwalkers, specifically aimed at preadolescent girls just forming their self-image.
Even the people whose job it is to protect our children don't seem terribly concerned about telling middle-school girls that their greatest value comes from their mammary glands:
Principal Joseph Di Salvo, while insisting the matter had become overblown, agreed that the topic was inappropriate.
I'd praise God that Di Salvo at least considers it inappropriate, except that mixing God and school is about the only boundary which principals like Di Salvo considers worth fighting for. If Fried had instead talked about serving Jesus Christ as a priest or a minister, do you suppose Di Salvo would have called any controversy overblown? We would have the ACLU screaming for the substitute's job and secularists would be screaming about the right-wing takeover of the public school system.
When public schools abandon any mention of God but think that telling middle-school girls that getting a boob job gives them their best chance of success is inappropriate but overblown, it demonstrates the need to give parents a choice to take their money out of the public-school system and put their kids in private education instead.Sphere It View blog reactions
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