The government has decided to stop paying for wedding dresses on seven-year-olds and so they should, but the uproar from people who feel entitled to a spray-tan subsidy has been deafening.
Firstly, of course, the State should never be paying for a religious ceremony, but let’s leave that aside, because religious belief seems to be the least part of this annual circus. Instead, it’s become a competition, a big vulgar competition, between overindulged, under-disciplined children and their ineffectual parents.
It wasn’t always so vulgar, you know. When did this ridiculous competition start?
What’s wrong with people? A big fat communion dress is not a human right, and while we’re on the subject, let’s have less of this talk about peer pressure. If some children are going to ridicule others because they aren’t dressed in an expensive outfit, that is not the the problem of the taxpayers. It’s the fault of the stupid parents who put these ideas in their kids’ heads, and the even stupider parents who don’t teach their kids to resist that sort of bullying. It’s about fundamentally flawed thinking.
Here’s a simple answer. Stop dressing up in ridiculous outfits. Wear a simple, plain, dignified outfit and respect the thing you’re supposed to be celebrating, but one way or another, don’t ask me to pay for your little monster’s foibles.
Communion dresses are worn once only, and we hope the seven-year-olds won’t get too drunk in them. When they come off, they’re spotless and perfectly fit for re-use. They can be re-used, but I heard a mother today on the radio explaining that her kids would refuse to wear anything from a second-hand shop. I found myself wondering, who’s the adult in that relationship? What is going on when small children hold a veto over how hard-pressed parents spend their money?
Worse — if the kids feel that dominant at the age of seven, what will they be like when they reach their teens?
What’s happening to society when some children grow up without ever in their entire lives hearing the word NO?
Here’s what it comes down to. Parents and children need to resume their traditional roles, with the adult in charge. If you can’t afford a wedding dress for your seven-year-old, tough shit. Get used to it. Don’t expect me to pay for your brat’s vanity.
You don’t need this stuff. You want it.
People can’t seem to tell the difference these days.
Previously: State pays for Communion Dresses