WHEN YOU OPEN THE SLUICE GATES

From THE TELEGRAPH:

The Rt Rev Richard Chartres said recently that not enough was being done to address the problem of "advertising, the internet (and) the stimulation of sexual appetites of young people in their dress."

Asked in a newspaper interview about clergy sex abuse, he replied: "Taking away innocence of young people, it is ghastly, and I wouldn't want to collude in any culture of cover-up. Although I have to say that when future generations look back on us they will say that they were very careful about abusing bodies but what about the amount of filth, innuendo, pornography they allowed to sluice through the minds of our young people."

COMMENT: He may have a point. Although, to be honest, I doubt it is possible to stimulate the sexual appetites of teenage boys anymore than they naturally are to begin with. If I remember rightly, I was pretty much turned on by anything and everything when I was 14 years old. For example, the buses that were used on the school run were old and their engines vibrated like washing machines on full spin. This invariably led to all us spotty herberts getting off at our destination with our school satchels placed strategically in front of us to avoid embarrassment.

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WHEN YOU OPEN THE SLUICE GATES — 15 Comments

  1. “but what about the amount of filth, innuendo, pornography they allowed to sluice through the minds of our young people…”

    There is a notable difference. Sexual abuse is very difficult if not impossible to get away from. The other tends to involve a certain amount of free choice.

    The Rev should ask a victim, “Which is easier to get away from a creepy priest in your dormitory, or the computer?”

    It’s just another form of minimisation of sexual abuse.

  2. “Which is easier to get away from a creepy priest in your dormitory, or the computer?”

    As I’ve never been in your dormitory I can’t really answer that, Boaz.

  3. I wasn’t asking you Mad One.

    By the way how was your Easter? Easter Monday is almost over here so it seems a while off. Did you manage to grin and bear the “official announcement”, so to speak? You surely deserve a break. Have some wine, it’s good for the mind. It’s all up from here for you(till 2012 when the world ends).

  4. No MP! There is no creepy priest on the computer. It is thr advertising and pornography that is on the computer. If I wanted to refer to you I would say, “The MAD Priest on the Computer”. You need a rest MP. And so do I. Good night!

  5. For example, the buses that were used on the school run were old and their engines vibrated like washing machines on full spin

    This made me laugh embarrassingly loudly to myself at work every time I thought about it today, which was several times.

    I am still laughing.

  6. My mother had an old wringer washing machine that she or my brother used to have to sit on during the spin cycle to keep it from working its way off the back porch and falling over unto the back lawn.

    Javier never told me just why he enjoyed sitting on the thing!

  7. Now the thought of the Dah-veed family washing machine “working its way off the back porch and falling over unto the back lawn” has me laughing embarrassingly loudly.

    It’s been a good day for it.

  8. Well, it was just a matter lowering the tone of the blog until we eventually found your level. And surprise, surprise. It was the floor beneath the basement labelled “AUSTRALIAN.”

  9. yes, MP, but the trouble with that insult (which I enjoyed hugely, can I say, as ever) is that your blog’s always at that level, isn’t it.

  10. that’s your excuse is it? you’re so noble, MP.

    PS keep it at the floor below the basement marked “Australian” and I will always be happy.

    PPS call me thick – why is this KJ’s sacrifice??

  11. This was our washing machine Kathy. I guess that you lot had them once upon a time in Europe, but they still sell them new here in Mexico!

    This was like her newer one with an electric wringer;
    http://welovequilting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/Wringer-washer.jpg
    She liked the ease of the new one, but got her hand caught in an item of clothing once and it jerked her arm through the wringers up to the elbow before she could turn it off!

    Before that I hear that she had one with a hand-cranked wringer. She said it helped maintain her figure!
    http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/images/object_images/535×535/10240820.jpg

  12. Dah-veed – woh!! that first one is like something out of a sci-fi film – are you sure you couldn’t get inside and fly it away somewhere??

    Getting the arm caught in the wringer tho – owwwwwww!!! Blimey, you’d be lucky not to be badly injured.

    That hand-cranked one looks even more sci-fi, and the wringer looks even more lethal!!

    Anyway, when I re-read your comments about it falling off the back porch, I laughed all over again.