This is a thoughtful dialogue that has begun between two mothers and I think that it is an important one to have for many reasons - perceptions of sexuality, achieving mutual gender respect, ideas of forgiveness, how to grow and not just grow up, and, most of all, functional dialogue.
And the response:
Dear Mrs. Hall, Regarding Your FYI (if you’re a teenage girl): http://putdowntheurinalcake.com/2013/09/dear-mrs-hall-regarding-your-fyi-if-youre-a-teenage-girl/
I am very much in line with the lovely Beth from putdowntheurinalcake.com in that shame nor fear of exclusion should dictate growth in the young women Mrs. Hall is attempting to communicate with, but including them in the dialogue with no strings attached is the better start:
We see you, sweetheart. We do. We see what you’re writing. We see what you’re posting. We see more of you than you think we do. We see sometimes down to the very center of your soul. And what you need to know is this: You are beautiful. You are valuable. You are worthy. You are your physical body, and you are so very much more. And you, baby girl, have infinite chances for grace and redemption and relationship and community and wholeness and LOVE. Always. Always and forever. Amen.
And before you chalk this up to being Christian values (and language), I can tell you most certainly this ideal is not. Respect is a human value, quite an important one. Telling young men that they cannot realign their thinking demeans them as much as any risque’ photo could a young woman.