Theology of the Body Thursday #13: The Duty of Every Man

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Shawty, I don’t mind if you dance on a pole
That don’t make you a hoe
I don’t mind when you work until three
If you’re leaving with me
Gotta move you gotta make that money, money, money
Your money, money, money
‘Cause I know how it is, girl go and handle your biz
And get that money, money, money
Make your money, money, money
You can take off your clothes
Long as you coming home, girl, I don’t mind

Read more: Usher – I Don’t Mind Lyrics | MetroLyrics

This hit from Usher is more than a little disheartening. In the song, he is proudly giving his girlfriend permission to work as a stripper because, to use a really outdated cliché, “It’s all about the benjamins, baby.”

It kinda makes you weep for humanity, doesn’t it?

And I’m not sure if it makes it any better to pair it with some really quite impressive dance moves by an 8-year-old. Save that talent for a decent song with a good message, kid.

I did like seeing at least one reviewer bash it, deeming it “2014’s sleaziest song.”

Saint Pope John Paul II said, “The duty of every man is to uphold the dignity of every woman.” This would obviously preclude condoning any behavior that is beneath her. Anything that objectifies her turns her into nothing more than a piece of meat in the eyes of others. Objectification is a huge insult to her beauty and dignity as a daughter of the Most High. Her inestimable value as a person rates far beyond the value of money. Money is mere scraps of paper in the light of her worth.

Instead of supporting demeaning lines of work, every person regardless of gender needs to uphold the dignity of everyone else in our human family. We are all better than this.

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