This creative writing essay comments about the way some young girls are dressed to participate in the Honfest in Baltimore. As the girls are dressed somewhat scantily the author muses about whether or not this is a sign of the times and a barometer of slipping standards of values and morality in the United States today.
When I analyzed this image, the knowledge that these little girls didn’t dress themselves was always at the back of my mind. What is the importance of this detail? Well, this means that a corruption of morals has not only spread through the younger generations but also through us, the middle-aged working class of America. We have styled our children in this provocative manner and in doing so we have proven that our morals have been and are being slowly sanded down. I know most of us would like to think of ourselves as outstanding citizens—and I am in no way implying that we aren’t; but the fact remains that we are far more openly sexual, profane, and tolerable than previous generations. Just think about it for a second and I’m sure you can think of plenty examples to back this statement up. For instance, when Gone With The Wind came out in 1939 audiences were absolutely shocked by the use of the word “damn” in the movie; yet, in today’s movies, that word is considered trifle and is able to be used in PG rated films. Or another example could be our changing fashions over the decades. In the beginning of the 20th century, women were wearing bathing suites that practically covered all areas of their skin; yet, only a hundred years later, it is socially acceptable for them to wear bikinis and other forms of underwear-like swimwear (...)