Bloomberg Businessweek, one of the nation’s trusted and respectable higher-level news sources on topics such as the economy, the stock market, companies, industries and governments, has just reduced itself to cleavage.
I hate to upload a picture of the cover here, but I’d rather that than draw additional traffic to their website; I’m sure you’d like to see exactly what I’m talking about.
I wonder how many of Businessweek’s 4.7M readers gave any thought at all to this pair of breasts on the cover of last week’s issue — that is, any thought other than, “I’ve got to read the corresponding article because what could be more important than the fall of a washed up, disgusting man down the crevice of a young woman’s breasts?”
Businessweek’s idea of higher-level news is the story of Dov Charney’s, American Apparel’s founder and former CEO, business practices. Dov’s leadership of American Apparel is so reprehensible it’s almost impossible to believe. But Businessweek included the repulsive details in their story of Dov’s fall from grace because, after all, that’s what Americans like to hear about. To sum it up, he is a liar, a cheat, a womanizer, an adulterer, a man who encouraged sexual favors in the workplace and who held business meetings in strip clubs. And it seems none of these business practices were considered shameful or kept in secret; in fact, they were (are?) actually promoted. Businessweek reports, “A company slogan printed on the cafeteria wall says: ‘We may not be politically correct – but we have good ethics.’” And then there’s this quote, which describes the brand of American Apparel. “If you took out the sex, it would be kind of boring. And if you took out the idealistic component – our commitment to the sweatshop-free, made-in-USA philosophy – it would just be sleazy. But you put them together, and you have something that’s interesting. It’s edgy, but it’s also strangely wholesome at the same time.”
The sheer stupidity of these quotes is almost more than I can bear. You cannot be politically incorrect and at the same time claim to be inoffensive. And to contend that not subjugating little children and immigrants to slave labor justifies a sex-crazed mantra is just plain ignorant; the exploitation of women is not wholesome no matter how far you stretch your theory.
Judging by last week’s cover, the editors of Businessweek couldn’t care less about the exploitation of women either. To sell their story, they’ve plastered a pair of breasts onto their cover for all business professionals to gaze upon while gathered around the coffee pot. And, taking into consideration the lack of outcry from their readers over the image and details in the article, no one else cares either.
When did it become socially acceptable to exploit women? Was it when we, as women, broke the mold and stripped off the corset and ankle-length gowns, exchanging them for dress slacks? Or, did the tidal wave of sexual promiscuity turn when we burned our bras? Neither. These were simply indications that women felt like breathing…and wanted to see under-wire go up in flames.
Rather, I believe the slow metamorphosis from feminine dignity and grace began when we lost our trust in God and instead, placed our trust in money. For money, we’ll do just about anything, especially when we have no fear of our Creator, or trust that He will provide. Everything – and everyone – has a price. When we replace God with money we lose our self-respect, as the young lady on last week’s cover of Businessweek has done.
I wonder what her mother and father think, seeing their daughter’s breasts on public display. I wonder if they’ve told her that her body is a temple, precious and perfect, created uniquely by her Father in Heaven. That she is special, beautiful and worth so much more than the price paid for her image. That in fact, Jesus loves her so much that He died for her, and how selling her image for money must hurt Him so.
What is of this world will not last. Beauty fades, money is fleeting, empires fall, lust wanes, relationships collapse and accomplishments wither away. Despite all this, we continue to attach ourselves to all things transient: money, beauty, status.
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:15-17
Our focus should be on eternal life, not on how to make the next dollar, or how to sell more issues. Recognize your self-worth, know your importance and see your beauty from God’s perspective. You are His child; you are worth more than the next paycheck.