Girls Gone Wild Is Bad News

8 02 2007

Y’all see this yet? My hard copy was in the mailbox last night. I was reading it when the news of Anna Nicole Smith flashed on TV news.

If you read it online instead of from the newsstand, there’s an accompanying slide show or photo gallery feature, of scandalous girls through time — whatever they call it. Racy women through the ages?

Mentioning it now because it seems such an omnipresent part of “PUBLIC” education of our children and teens these days. It may not be compulsory but it sure can be compelling.

“The media can become a sort of sexual super-peer,” says the author of the article on same in the journal Pediatrics.

Culture. Power of Story. The strange scripts people live (and die) by . . .

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9 02 2007
Deanne

I was just talking with some friends about this last week, the prevalence of sex in the media. It just seems so in your face all the time, the few times I actually look at TV or a magazine or something like that.

I think it is more of a concern than in past generations because of the pervasiveness of media in our modern lives, as well as SCHOOL. Like the article mentioned, parents/families are historically the primary influence on children in developing values. But now, schools (as well as parents working, I know) dominate so much of children’s, even whole families’ lives, there is precious little family time left. Schools have taken over the role of trying to “teach” values with character education programs, among others.

I know if my children were in school full-time, I would be much more concerned about the “bad girls” influence. As it is now, they have a caring, trusted adult at their disposal with whom they can discuss and process any of this “news” they come across. I don’t think there is much opportunity for thoughtful reflection and discussion of these things in school – as they happen. If at all, it would probably occur according to the scheduled lesson plan.

Well, that’s just my $.10….I’ve started to ramble. Time for bed. Good night! 🙂

10 02 2007
misedjj

Another way to look at it is that School is more byproduct or haidmaiden of the culture, than its cause. Let’s say for the sake of discussion that we agree the current dominant culture is “LowBrow, High Stakes Competition in the General Demise of Moderation and Common Sense” — then schooling as an institution would reflect and contribute to its continuing as the status quo, but wouldn’t have caused it to develop in the first place?

11 02 2007
Deanne

It can be a vicious cycle too.

I wasn’t really asserting that school was the only cause for concern. (I did mention the unavailability of parents due to work.) I just mean to say that schools have taken on more of a parenting role than in the past, and they just can’t effectively parent masses of children, and address with each child the implications of what they see in the media. That needs to occur in their family.

I’m not sure if I articulated that well enough, but that’s what I tried to say initially.

11 02 2007
misedjj

I wasn’t arguing with you Deanne, that was me agreeing! 🙂
Thanks for taking the time and for keeping up with the flow here. Like any kind of learning and thinking about connections, it makes a whole lot more sense that way, doesn’t it? 🙂
JJ

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