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CMAC: “Society has become less sensitive to sensual/sexual/private matters. As a young teenager (early ‘70’s), I remember being horrified the first time I saw a television ad for tampons (my brothers were in the room). This was shocking to me. Last year I got so sick and tired of hearing ads for Viagra type drugs for “male enhancement.” It’s terrible to have this message blasting 24/7 from the radio and TV. Yes, I am selective to my viewing and listening … but can’t control what ads will be played. Being the mother of two young women (and two sons), I feel like a salmon swimming upstream trying to shape their modesty. Our society in general thinks that sex is cheap not holy between a married husband and wife. One has to wonder with the likes of promiscuity, delayed marriage or living together, me first attitudes, and disfunctional families, how on earth is this up and coming generation going to turn the tide. Rape is a byproduct of our moral decay.”

DFO: Not only was this an insightful comment re: the “rape debate” started Monday evening by a hurried question, but it was posted by newcomer CMAC. I appreciate the thoughts she expressed as well as those from Russ, Bob, et al. It’s a touchy subject, as was evidenced by an attempt in the newsroom to stop the discussion before it started. Seems some in my profession believe some subjects are settled and therefore off limits. Amazing. Fortunately, Editor Steve Smith isn’t one of them, although he thought I was way off base to frame the question the way I did — and said so firmly in the comments feature of this blog. That may have been a first in newspaper history — an editor ripping an in-house journo blogger on his blog. And then giving him the go ahead to continue “to step in it.” I deserved the criticism for not explaining myself better. Well, I had my debate. My respect for Smith has increased. And it’s obvious that the subject is far more complicated than some are willing to admit.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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