Our culture is conflicted. While it preaches “safe” and “random” sexual encounters, those that engage in this activity still wish to appear that they are not as active as they really are.
So, whereas the culture should look at what happened in Westchester County as a badge of pride, the “smut list” was instead a source of shame.
Why It Was Started
Our pornographic culture has created a group of teens who are sex-saturated and have been taught that the behavior is not wrong, but something to be celebrated. So, it should seem natural that there would be lists of people that were willing to oblige a sexual encounter that would appear—such lists were probably on paper at one point, and have found their way to the web.
What more natural place than Facebook, where lists are easy to create and everyone is located on that site?
The Facebook group page entitled “Westchester SMUT List”quickly gained notoriety and more than 7,000 fans in one day. It is believed that the word “smut” was used instead of “slut” because of Facebook rules. The Facebook page has now been removed.
One student said, “It’s definitely all around the school, and it’s crazy. Everyone has it. Everyone has seen it.” [Outrage Over High School ‘Smut List’ – My Fox NY]
So, we have a listing of girls (and supposedly there’s another one for guys) that are willing to “get physical” and yet there’s a problem…
Why It’s a Problem
You see, while teens may be willing to engage in extra-marital sex, they don’t want to be known as doing it:
Angela Viccaro, of Westchester County, says her 15-year-old daughter was targeted on a high school “smut list.” The girl was left shaken and ashamed.
Another girl said, “If I was on the list I would think it’s the end of the world. Nobody wants to be talked about like that.”
Obviously, your reputation would take quite a hit in some circles if it were know that you had loose morals. I mean, it’s one thing to have casual sex, but another thing for everyone to know that you’re having it, right?
In this case, for the girls that are/were on this list, their reputation caught up to their actions—or in Biblical terms, their sins found them out. Now, they wish that they did not have to deal with the consequences of their actions.
While I can see that people’s privacy should be respected, I can also see how someone that doesn’t want to be known as loose should refrain from behaving that way in secret. Obviously, these girls’ character was lacking.
Shame is the appropriate response, so there’s still hope these girls can turn their lives around.