In response to your thong question: Because the average age of entry in to prostitution in the US is 13? Business expenses.
I don't think it's an amoral decline as much as people are being way more upfront with finding children sexy. Having sex with children has always been an unspoken common place. Freud based female hysteria in part off of how many girls said their father had sex with them starting when they were children. He took it as they were lying but in likelihood Vienna fathers liked diddling their daughters.
College degrees don't mean as much as people think. It's dumb that they look down on people without them when it has no real bearing on intelligence.
Perhaps. I'm not dismissive of the possibility but sexuality is also rather fluid and changes for many people over time so maybe it's not always as hard wired as we think. I don't know about you but I can definitely say my taste has changed a lot over the years but I also hear that's more common for women anyways. Either way, I don't mind what people are in to as long as they don't hurt anyone but I think openly sexualizing is damaging to children and is feeding in to kids growing up too fast with out the mental facilities to handle new found responsibility.
Then again, I also question whether young adults are really able to handle their own responsibilities. I work for a research company and do data entry for Ohio Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitor System and I cannot even tell you how many women in their 20s and 30s either forget to use birth control when they didn't want to get pregnant or just didn't use it for no reason but say they didn't want to get pregnant. The surveys we send them have a comments section and it's astounding how many adult women can barely spell or write a sentence.
I use to wear more Lolita stuff because I liked what overlapped with Victorian style in it but I stopped because I became far more aware of sexualizing children in society and the ties to Lolita the novel and I just couldn't look at it the same ever again. What creeps me out is that Lolita is a novel about a seductive young girl when child abusers frequently say their victims seduced them/wanted it/whole bunch of ******** up usually untrue stuff about child sexuality. I give parents a side-ways look when they say their toddler is flirting with everyone because they smile at people. Way to sexualize perfectly normal child behavior. Oddly enough though, people who dress in Lolita style in the US rarely do it to look like little girls/boys (Dandy is the male equivalent). They just enjoy the cute look and the prestige of owning often very expensive pieces of clothing. They're also notably catty and judgmental about it.
Oooo, Art Deco. Post pictures of some of your favorite pieces.
Hahaha, I'm pretty much the same way. I've always been odd. A lot of people say I come off as rather eccentric due to how I like to dress. My grandparents raised me and they find it weird but they've completely given up trying to change it or even give me flack about it.
There is quite the difference in climate. I lived in Virginia for six months - most of the New England winter and in to the summer - and it was pleasant but the summer is particularly bad. I like having seasons more than I like having mostly nice weather. Now I'm enjoying the end of fall and the beginning of winter. The leaves are still beautiful but their life shall be increasingly ephemeral from this point forward. This winter should be a harsh one given the last few were lack luster. It's a good thing I sewed new buttons on to my trench coat. They're tarnished golden in color and make the Victorian cut, corset, and bustle look very steampunk.
Don't feel bad. I'm too poor to go back to college (and had little to no money to start it) due to bull s**t regarding their financial aid department. But at best I'm a B average student with knowledge far beyond my demonstrated level. Having a piss poor lot in life puts a lot of intelligent people out of good jobs and gives a lot of idiots tons of responsibility that they can't handle.
How was Chicago? Where are you from? I'm in Massachusetts and it's a nice place depending on where you are.