A Mothers Burden
By Deborah Lundgren
Lets take a little trip, shall we. Let's go back, close your eyes and think of the time before the Internet or computers, before SEGA or Super Nintendo. I am talking really far back indeed like penny candy in a paper bag, like hopscotch, double Dutch, kick ball and dodge ball. When there were two types of tennis shoes, one for girls and one for boys; Keds and PF Flyers. Remember the time when nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got there.
When all of your male teachers wore neckties and your female teachers had their hair done. Remember when we respected teachers and policemen because that was the way we were raised. When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him or use him to carry groceries and not even the kid thought anything about it.
I remember those days, so crisp and clear like a summer day. But those memories also stab at my heart because those memories remind me of all the things my 3 children will never get to experience. Why will they never experience their own sweet childhood memories? It is because the children of today are not allowed to keep their innocence.
The infamous mainstream media has down a fine job of destroying morality in this country and it is the mainstream media, and the liberal Hollywood left, that make it almost impossible to raise children with some slight resemblances of the sweet childhood they deserve.
There was a time when going to the movies was a great way to spend a wholesome family day. A parent could hand their children a little money and send them off to the theater knowing they would not be exposed to anything questionable. Nowadays however, every movie beyond a G rating is suspect. As a mother, I do not trust the rating system or the film industry because they release movie after movie, each one trying to out do the last in the glamorization of promiscuous sex, drugs, crime, violence and other immoral behavior. Even worse these movies seemed to be aimed directly at teenaged boys.
It is even more frustrating when a really good movie is released that has an exciting plot and an intense story line and the whole planet is talking about it. The kids are bugging you to see it. You check the rating and see it says PG-13 and then you wonder. Should I let my 12-year old and a 15-year old go see this movie? So you hit a weak moment and you take your kids to the theater. At first the movie is great, and you ease back in your theater chair and think to yourself, I was wrong about this one. Then out of no where, a naked lady or two appears and then the sex begins. Of course it has nothing to do with the story line whatsoever but hey, boobs and sex are always in fashion, right? So you squirm uncomfortably in your chair wondering if you should throw your hands over your kids faces or just get up and leave. You wonder, doesnt a PG-13 rating mean the movie is suitable for kids 13 year olds an up? So who decided that a 13-year-old should be exposed to sex and nudity?
It wouldnt be so bad if it were just one or two movies like this but the fact is that there are literally 100s if not 1000s of movies that fall into this category. My oldest son works for a local video rental store and a few months ago he brought me home a movie to watch called American Beauty. He told me it won many awards and was a highly acclaimed movie. The title was nice but the half-naked girl on the cover holding a rose troubled me but I agreed to watch it.
As I sat down to watch the movie, the very first scene in the movie almost made me choke on my snacks. The "star" of the film is shown in the shower, masturbating. I almost turned it off right away but I wanted to give the film a chance. It was an award winning film after all.
As the story line progressed, it seems the lead character (who is about 40) develops an obsession with his daughters best friend, (who is about 16). He fantasies about her and again masturbates while his wife is sleeping next to him. At this point in the movie, I couldnt take it any more; I turned it off in disbelief. This garbage has won awards? Just what kind of people are on the selection committees that choose the awards for movies.
Then there is TV, remember when TV was a pure and wholesome. We have come along way from Mayberry and Gilligans Island. We have come so far in the other direction in fact that I have seriously considered just pulling TV from my home completely. Trying to be a fair and reasonable mom, I have let the TV remain but I have to say that after seeing the previews of what Fox has in store for us this fall, I am about to change my mind. Fox is releasing absolute filth this fall and several of these shows are aimed directly at teenagers like mine.
Here is just a small sampling of what Fox has in the works for our children.
American High -- A show that says it goes deep into the psyche of a teenagers life. The commercials for this show are completely offensive. Picture a teenager talking to the camera telling the audience that being a teenager means you can do what you want, when you want, "go crazy". It glamorizes teen sex, teen pregnancy and teen violence.
Boston Public The commercial for this one involves a young girl who does not want to be sent home from school because she is not wearing a bra. Also there is a vote by the male students involving which female teacher they wanted to have sex with most. It shows a female teacher upset because she came in second in the vote.
Opposite Sex Three boys are attending an all girl school and the entire focus is on sex and how many girls can seduce these boys and how many different ways they can do it.
The Street The commercial shows people in bed having sex and the girl singing with joy. Other scenes show half-dressed women running around seducing men.
There is just a sampling of what Fox has in
store for us this fall. I truly am appalled at the idea that this garbage is out there and
aimed directly at my children. My children have already been instructed that these shows
are off limits and a flaming letter is on its way to the Fox network. If these shows
offend you as much as they do me, I hope that you will join me in letting Fox know how you
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