A portrait of modern life

I came across the following photo, which I have cropped in the name of decency – decency in the sense of wrapping a towel around yourself as you leave the shower. This is a respectable blog, after all.  It seems to me it is the exact description of modern life and I cannot figure out how I am to feel about it, let alone you. That is my problem, and maybe ours.

Let us be blunt. It shows a middle aged woman of no great beauty giving oral sex at a glory hole in some commercial establishment. Behind her is a prominent sign saying “no smoking”. I have cropped the offending member, because my point is not the pornography of it, but the apparent normalcy of it.

So there you have modern life. You are free to give oral sex to strangers in the privacy of the cubicle, in some tawdry shop set up for anonymous sexual transactions, but you cannot smoke tobacco there. Your photo of the event will be available for all of eternity in the digitized inner universe of computers.

I feel a Theodore Dalrymple moment coming on. Is this the end of civilization as we have known it, is this the decline of all decency, or is this just how it is in 2013, and it is no big deal? You can give a blow job to strangers in a cubicle for free, but you cannot smoke there. My sense of irony meter is in the extreme red zone.

a parable of modern life -cropped



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A very accurate observation of the upside down world of today. We have allowed the control zealots to dehumanise tobacco smokers in order to trample on individual rights. Now it is “illegal” to smoke outside in parks and many places and in your own work place even when you are the only person there. I refer to making it “illegal” for truck drivers to smoke in their own trucks while working. At the same time smoking pot is fine along with demanding free needles and drugs for addicts, but heaven help you if you smoke any form of tobacco. The most well documented unhealthy form of sex is promoted and again heaven help anyone who dares to point this out. Add to all this that in most situations cops arrest the victim who dared defend himself instead of the criminal, and you have a really sick picture of what we have allowed to happen.

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