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It is difficult to deny that the Internet is an accurate temperature gauge of our culture.
Today, I stumbled on an ABC news article that listed the 50 most popular women, per Google search results. Perhaps not surprising, the most popular woman on the list was Lady Gaga, followed by 24 actresses, 16 music artists, 3 politicians, 2 models, 2 socialites, and 1 television personality.
And, in case you didn’t do the math, the above list only contains 49 individuals.
17-year-old Justin Bieber was ranked number 7 on this list of the 50 Most Popular Women. (I’ve written and deleted 4 different comments in response to this fact–they were all a tad too snarky.)
Why does this list matter and what does it mean?
I often receive e-mail from readers asking me why women in this culture who prize their families are looked down upon or treated as “less worthy” by society at large. My answer, given this type of article, is simple.
When Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian, or Pamela Anderson and Marilyn Monroe are listed as the most popular women in our culture–based on what people are actively thinking about and voluntarily choosing to spend their time and attention pursuing–it should tell us this: choosing to honor home and family in this generation has all the significance of salmon swimming upstream.
Ours is a culture that values acting and singing above everything else.
Thankfully–as we learned in the elementary school lunch room–it is not the loudest voice in the room that matters most.