Thursday, October 13, 2011

Am I off my rocker?


Last night hubby and I had a disagreement over something really stupid. You know how stupid? A T.V. show or more accurately about the content. He feels if something is on you don't like, you turn it off. He says there is no way any longer to control the content, that society doesn't care, so just turn it off if something comes on you don't like.
You see I agree society no longer cares, but I feel that there should be control over what is put out there. When you constantly expose people to questionable material it can lead to other things.


As the mother of four daughters I live everyday with the concerns a mother of four daughters would have. I worry about them becoming victims of violence. You hear it everyday. Girl breaks up with boy, boy brings knife to school and stabs girl. This just happened here last week. The fear does not consume me but it is always there for me when they go out. Society just does not seem to be headed in the right direction.


I love my girls and want them to choose wisely but the world just doesn't back up us worried moms. We put violence and smut on the airways everyday at prime time hours and expect that people are going to keep kids from watching. My sister in law laughs about her boys being addicted to Jersey Shore. They are 13 and 11. Is that really appropriate TV for young boys. Heavy partying and sexual situations are in each episode I believe, so how could this be healthy for young boys to watch?


Am I the only one out there that just cannot understand where we are headed? Why is this just accepted nowadays? Maybe TV viewing has no correlation to sexual and violent crimes but I just can't help believe that it somehow does. The show we argued over, Dancing with the Stars. He hates the show but his folks were talking about it and they love it. I chimed in that it is not family viewing with the half naked women all over the place. What does it say to young girls if you watch that show? The men are not half naked. Notice they are always fully clothed. Am I off my rocker here? Am I totally provincial on this topic? There are far worse shows but this is what started the spat. Oh, and my fall garden is in all its glory right now. Loaded the pics as a garden post but obviously went somewhere else. Oh and if you are a fan of the show don't be mad at me it is just an example.

15 comments:

deb said...

no you are totally right...we are headed down a bad path...Im old enough to remember that on I love Lucy they slept in separate beds and never even said the word pregnant, wow how did we get to this place????? very sad.......

FABBY'S LIVING said...

No you're not sweetie, I too worry about this TV shows, you see here, (where I live) everything on cable and direct TV, so the entire world is going wild, I can't stand this Snooky Girl, in my days someone that looked like her and acted like her was a tramp, now that word is gonne from the language as it seems that the style for girls look and be one! Unfortunatelly because of this, I believe, you see cases like that Anthony woman, because all they want is to live it up in such manner...it's scary and sad. No, you're not off your rocker. Your garden is gorgeous, so glad you posted along with the sad state of things in our world today and it's scary, I am constantly for my two daughters and little granddaughters. May God bless you and your dear daughters. Love, FABBY

Kris said...

Well, I am on the fence here. I am a conservative, and I was always careful with what my kids watched. Jersey Shore for young kids..NO WAY! We had parental controls on our telly and USED THEM!!! But, I do love Dancing With The Stars. Sorry. I love the costumes, and the choreography. Sometimes, they are a tad too scantily clad, but usually not. I am, however, not so thrilled with this years cast.
So, for what it's worth, my two cents.
And I applaud you for your vigilance and concern!!!

Betty Sneeringer said...

You are 100% right!!! I quit watching dancing with the stars for that very reason. It's pornography for the most part. This country is on a downward spiral and immorality is a huge sign/reason. People no longer recognize sin after enough exposure to it. Thanks for speaking up.

Julie Harward said...

I love your pictures...and you are not a prude, you are a daughter of God, a woman of virtue who is sent to watch over your family. Satan and all his followers are waging a great war because they know that their time is short. Hold fast to the words of God and don't be swayed by the ways of the world. One of our church leaders recently said..we are raising our children on enemy territory..and I know that this is true. Almost every show on TV now portrays some kind of evil and the more people watch it, they more they get used to it, and then they except it. You are wise, always listen to that spirit that guides you to know in your heart what is true. :D

Holly said...

I see where you're coming from. I'm not a tv watcher, it's just not on when I'm home during the day except for the news first thing in the morning. My husband watches fishing shows and nature shows so I think we are just out of touch here. I do applaud you for your concern for your daughters though.

Susan said...

I don't know how you can have children in this day and age, and not be concerned. TV and movies are so permissive and accepted as the norm, when really it isn't. But it convinces kids that it's ok. That is where good parenting, communication and example come into play. Sounds like to me that you are being a good example to your daughters. Hooray for them!

Bella Vista said...

Elaine, the very fact that you think you are off your rocker makes me know you are one of those rare people who actually consider and think about what they are watching.

We don't watch anything without it having a lasting impact on my hearts and minds. It isn't just about now. Watching television today with its loose morals and brainless content will have an impact on our future.

My husband and I stopped watching network television in the mid 90's because it was basically stupid and aimless. We have a huge library of really good material that we watch and with the added bonus of NOT having to sit through a zillion commercials.

I cannot imagine what I would do if I had children. Not in today's world.

Continue on your path of questioning. You are on the right one.

Barb

Cozy Little House said...

I totally agree with you. You can't turn a movie on without it opening without a scene with sexual content or violence. That's way I rarely watch tv and never go to movies. I'm not provincial or up tight about it. I just don't care for that to be part of my world.
Brenda

Lottie said...

Elaine, there is not much out there in the way of television. I stopped watching Dancing with the Stars after the 1st season because I thought it was basically ...boring...! I was pretty much always offended by the remarks of the judges,too! The costumes are beautiful, but then they are "costumes" of dancers. I would much rather watch a sunset, or work in my garden. No you are not off your rocker, not at all.

Cindy said...

I just saw a news story about a study done that said that girls who watched reality TV are more likely to be bullies. Dah!

We were very careful about what our boys watched when they were young. We even went so far as to homeschool them. Not for religious reasons, but to just keep them wholesome and family oriented as long as possible. We think it paid off. As adults, they watch and play violent shows and games that we don't like, but they are also kind, considerate and loving.

Jersey Shore would definitely be off limits for my young guys!

Diana said...

I'm with you. I also have 4 girls, 2 of them grown. We have never had cable or satellite tv for specifically those reasons. We pretty much only watch pbs or dvd's (I do like to watch "Parenthood" though). We only have one tv, in the family room. The 14 and 18 yr old only got their own netbooks last year -- before they only had access to the family computer (located in our bedroom). However, I cannot and do not try to control what they watch at other people's houses -- but at least I know the trash is not a steady diet.

Bonnie said...

Elaine, When our was young we made to conscience decision to turn the tv off. It was only turned on for new and to use the VHS (then) player. While I agree tv programs are worthless, I am not for sure they are the full problem. Even if we limit television there still has to be supervision. I applaud you for your stand. Bonnie

Ginger Zuck said...

I think when you have children you have to do whatever is necessary to "protect" them and tv today is really not a good example of anything. I have watched DWTS in the past, but have refused to watch this season, it basically stinks!! I am so sorry this caused a spat with you and Mr.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

No. You are not off your rocker. Nope. Not at all, and there is something called desensitization. I just went off about a pep rally at my daughter's Middle School. The dancers were performing to Chris Brown's "Look at me Now." It is a vile song. Just because certain words were bleeped out does not meant that the kids did not know the lyrics. Plus, why play Chris Brown, a convicted felon who beat up his girlfriend? It is like condoning that behavior, in my opinion. As I said, I went off.....how stupid....where were the adults?????? *steps off soapbox now*

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