A distinguished psychologist has argued in a recently published book that pornography and video games are leading young men into alarmingly high rates of "social isolation" and a "modern meltdown of manhood."
Dr. Philip Zimbardo, former president of the American Psychological Association and author of over 50 books, has stated that the two sources of online entertainment are harming young men mentally.
Zimbardo recently told the BBC that pornography and online video games like "World of Warcraft" have "digitally rewired" young men's minds. more >>
Imagine a scenario. A 15-year-old boy living in Oregon is confused about his sexuality. He's never been close to his father and doesn't fit in well with the guys at school. They like football; he likes art. He was bullied relentlessly in middle school because he's a late bloomer – his body still hasn't quite developed. He's very sensitive, and is easily hurt by his older brother who teases him about not having kissed a girl yet. Then one day, he's surfing the Internet and receives a chat from a friendly stranger commenting on the artwork in his profile picture.
They begin chatting online over a shared interest in art, and soon agree to meet at an art show, where the friendly stranger can see the boy's artwork.
Two weeks later, the boy is standing next to his painting at the art show when a silver-haired grandfatherly-looking man comes up smiling. "Hey Picasso! Is this yours?" The boy then remembers his conversation two weeks prior. The stranger is older than he thought, but he's giving him the attention he desperately wants. They begin to talk about art, and the two of them click, despite their 50-year age difference. Then, he invites the boy for coffee after the show. He accepts, and they talk for hours. They exchange phone numbers, and the next weekend, the man invites the boy to his house to view his personal art collection. more >>
Speaking to graduates of Dillard University in New Orleans on Saturday, Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington advised those at the ceremony to "put God first" during his 10-minute commencement speech to the graduating class.
"Number one: put God first," said Washington, getting a loud ovation from those gathered. "Put God first in everything you do."
"Everything that you think you see in me and think that I have accomplished, everything that you think I have … everything that I have is by the grace of God. Understand that. It's a gift." more >>
A plan to add "gender identity" to a Virginia school's nondiscrimination policy has enraged parents and preachers, but leaders of the nation's tenth largest school district say unless they make the change, the U.S. Department of Education could withdraw federal funding.
Critics warn the Fairfax County Public School policy would allow boys who identify as girls to use the locker rooms and bathrooms of their choice – as well as participate on athletic teams of their choosing.
Martin Baker, the pastor of Burke Community Church, warned, "the damage and destruction to our children, teens and impacted adults will be incalculable." more >>
Graduation season is upon us. Be it middle school, high school, college or graduate school, now is a time of joy and celebration for millions. From coast to coast, graduates, faculty, family and friends are gathering, or soon will, to celebrate academic achievement and years of scholastic seed sowing. It's a time of reflection and hopeful anticipation as those who have earned the distinction "alumni" prepare to reap hard work's harvest and traverse the winding path ahead.
I love the graduation ceremony. As a law school educator, I'm re-charged each year by the electric expectation that hangs in the air. It clings, like so much static, to baggy gowns and dangling tassels as young and old laugh, cry, hug and high-five. For some, the job hunt now begins. For others, it's on to the next level of learning.
Graduation time is also a time for thankfulness. With plenty to go round, grateful grads bathe in appreciation, and deservedly so, parents, family, faculty and staff for the sacrifices of time, energy and financial resources so that they might reach this important milestone. more >>
Texas health officials have denied reports of a chlamydia outbreak at a small West Texas High school that teaches an abstinence-only sex-education program.
Earlier this week, national media outlets sparked concern after it was claimed that there were 20 confirmed cases of chlamydia among the 300 or so students at Crane High School. However, on Thursday, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of State Health Services told The Christian Post that this figure is inaccurate and there has been four confirmed cases out of Crane County in recent weeks and those are not necessarily students.
"There's no outbreak," Christine Mann, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of State Health Services, told CP. "The number right now, they've been updated today, so there are four cases of chlamydia infection reported from Crane County." more >>