Today I am pondering what to tell my retreatants about the dignity of woman. After all, I am giving four (4) talks. So far I am thinking, "The Dignity of the Single Woman", "Theology of Woman", "Challenges to the Dignity of Women in the West" and "Heroic Catholic Women of the Past Century." This way I can talk about Blessed Natalia Tułasiewicz. (On the one hand, I want to talk about specifically Polish interests, but on the other hand, I have to know what I am talking about, and my Polish is not that terrific as yet. If, however, anyone can recommend a book in English on "Social Trends in Contemporary Poland", that would awesome.)
The problem of the West is that it is in decline. This is so obvious, I don't think I have to make an argument here. All I have to do is throw out phrases: "Internet porn addiction", "redefinition of marriage by the state", "illiterate high school graduates," "bare-breasted Argentine feminists attacking men protecting the cathedral in San Juan from them."
(If you haven't seen the youtube video for this last item, don't see it. One way the bare-breasted Argentine feminists taunted the brave Catholic men was with woman-on-woman sex acts. I have never seen anything as revolting as the behaviour of those women, if they can still be called women. They looked more like the demons tempting St. Anthony, and actually what they were doing was akin to rape, unless you think there is a better word for deliberately, out of hatred, trying to sexually arouse a man against his will. And, incidentally, how can anyone in a soi-disant Catholic country spit on a helpless, praying man without thinking of the Passion Narrative? Just thinking about those creatures makes me want to throw up.)
This is a bad, bad time for social trends in the West to be influencing the former Eastern Bloc. Which I will say. I will talk about the Polish rock film Jesteś Bogiem--although western music, including the very fact that a song called "Jesteś Bogiem" ("You are God") was considered acceptable for Polish broadcast, is part of the problem--and how hilariously innocent I found it, compared to the lives of rap artists in the West. For one thing, all the rappers in the film had fathers at home. And these fathers had married their mothers, and at least two cases were still married to their mothers. One father fixes his son's busted Walkman.
The implication was, boo hoo, in 1990s Poland you had to get your Walkman fixed, not just buy a new and better one. But what I saw was a father at home, fixing his rapper son's Walkman with his own bare fatherly hands. The neighbourhood's buildings were crumbling, sure, but it was full of fathers living at home with their children. Fatherhood was a fact of life. It was the rule, not the exception. Meanwhile, forty percent of children in the UK are born out of wedlock. And seventy percent of African-American children in the USA, birthplace of the music the heroes of Jesteś Bogiem love so much, are born out of wedlock. When marriage goes out the window, so does fatherhood, unfortunately. And lots of women are complicit in this; although sometimes the fathers are just immature jerks, sometimes we actually drive the fathers away. WHAT an age we live in.
Anyway, there is a better way, and it is called Christianity. Rant, rant, rant.
Well, rant in the combox yourselves. Be warned that I may steal your ideas and use them in my lectures without attribution.