My, oh my, how times have changed. And, from my perspective, the change has not been all that good. What’s behind this comment? Last week, my family gathered together to watch a movie from the sixties called, “Gentleman Prefer Blondes.” Many of you may have already seen this Marilyn Monroe classic, but our family was not familiar with it. The simplistic storyline was typical for that era….rich man falls in love with the flirtatious show girl; conflict ensues between them; resolution occurs which leads to marriage and a happily ever after life.
What was so admirable about this movie was that the characters, even when disagreeing with one another, treated each other with decency and respect. They were able to resolve their differences by discussing their opposing viewpoints and eventually reaching a “U Love” solution. This conduct was also indicative of the sixties. Like I said, “things have changed.” With all the anger, bullying, and shootings we see in the world today, peaceful ways to settle differences are not in place as much anymore.
I would be remiss if I didn’t digress a bit and mention that in “Gentleman Prefer Blondes,” women were portrayed in a stereotypical sixties fashion. You know, the “women are the weaker sex” and the “blondes have more fun” mindset. I’m glad that society has progressed from the previous viewpoint into the knowledge that women are equal to men, and that women of all hair color types are smart and have fun! Seriously, we were all created equally and God would expect that principle to be upheld in our culture.
I have a feeling, though, that my next point will be far more controversial. In this movie, we saw a lot of good natured fun going on, with singing and dancing, and, yes, a bit of flirting, too. But, there was little evidence that the central characters were having sex before marriage. To me, one of the more memorable lines was near the end of the film when Marilyn Monroe’s character was walking down the aisle to be married, and her friend jokingly said to her that “now” it was OK to say “yes” to her man. This implied in a humorous manner that it would be OK to say yes to sex, because she would be married.
I’m fairly sure that by now I’ve stepped on some people’s toes with my comments, so I’ll close this down for now and give you all a week to calm down. LOL! Let’s reconvene next week to conclude our discussion of America’s changing values. I have lots more to share with you. Get ready for more controversy. Oh, and, do gentleman really prefer blondes?! No! They prefer curly-haired brunettes! LOL
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