Love is finding a whole new world in the very same places.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Troubling Television

       Sometimes I find myself wondering not just how much television my children should be allowed to watch, but also what they are really watching. One night my daughter and my nephew were sitting watching Spongebob Squarepants. Spongebob is an extremely happy, fun-loving aquatic little cartoon who famously, “lives in a pineapple under the sea.” There was no real pause for concern for me as a parent, since it was on Nickelodeon; I figured it’s a kid’s network so life is good. As I folded my laundry, however, the cartoon characters did a multitude of inappropriate and suggestive things. Such as, Squidward calling Spongebob an “idiot” and an “imbecile,” these things just don’t fly with momma. Likewise, in one episode there are suggestive jokes as Spongbob and Patrick wrestle in their underwear.
     A friend of mine suggested this was because the creators of Spongebob didn't intend it as a children's show at all. However, I've found that it isn't true. Spongebob was meant to be a children's cartoon from the beginning. He was supposed to be this creature who smiled brightly and was happy through any adversity. And so he is.
      Ironically, it is not Spongebob's character I question. It is the adversity, and the language used in that which I question. Let him conquer evil, let his optimism overpower anything. Teach my children that hope is more powerful than everything else. However, don't teach them so if Squidward has to call names or I have to explain to my kid what that dirty joke actually meant.

Here is one example, to show you what I mean.
Most of these aren't too bad, as long as your kid is too young to understand.

          This one I thought was a little more of a legitimate example: Spongebob Watches Porn

 My kids may not understand what the joke was, but that doesn't mean I want it in there.

So lately, I have begun to look at my kids’ movies a little more carefully. Last night I began with a newer continuation of an old classic, Toy Story 3.

                The beginning is very action-packed and very thrilling. As always with Disney Pixar, the animation was superb. My husband and I were immediately drawn in, and my five month old was captivated by the colors, if only for the few minutes he was awake to see it. The plot of Toy Story 3 is about, as always, Andy and getting older. This time Andy is off to college and the toys in his room wonder, what’s going to happen to us? Complaints of having not been played with in years ensue and as Andy’s mom presses him to make decisions about where all his stuff is going, a mishap happens. Mom accidentally throws the toys in the trash, and then they get donated to a local daycare. Nearly seven hours of play, every day, with endless amounts of new kids to play with, seems like heaven to the new toys, but heaven is soon too good to be true. Although the movie is action-packed and thrilling, I found that it is the appropriate amount and type of action for its target audience. There is no shooting, no one blows anyone up and no one pops any caps.
                 During the movie though, some mom alarms definitely went off. Not nearly as bad as some Disney movies I have seen, with adult undertones and innuendos, there were still some moments where I felt certain phrases or expressions could have been left out. For instance, Lotso-Hugs, who is ironically the antagonist, calls another character an idiot. This was really not as terrible as it could have been though, since immediately the other characters on his side looked at him differently, and saw it as a mean gesture. Likewise the producers made it very obvious that it was not something that was not nice or appropriate. Similarly, Buzz Lightyear stumbles upon what is very obviously a game of roulette. I thought the fact that gambling was in a children’s movie was inappropriate, but I approved of how the creators set it up. The setting was very dark, with a green, somewhat evil hue to the room. It sent a message that they were doing bad things, and were definitely not behaving. That much I appreciate, although they probably could made it more appropriate.
                Woody is a character that kids can relate to, and so are all his friends. After this movie, there is a definite reaction. It pulls at your heart strings, it makes you laugh, and it even makes you wonder. Much like, when I saw Transformers and afterwards I walked out to my car, only to stare at it and wonder; “Why can’t you do that?!” I wondered about my own toys, where they were now and where my kids' toys would be when they grew up. Even though we made a deal and they aren't allowed to grow up!

                         All in all, I have no problem with this movie. But what about others?
       Are there any movies or TV shows that are supposed to be for kids that you've caught?
                          What do you deem appropriate for your child's age group?

 Personally, I wrote a letter to Nickelodeon after watching the new Fred movie with my nephew. At one point Fred opens the fridge, where his dad is supposed to live, and exclaims "Damn it!" very loudly when his dad isn't in there.
                  What shows, if any are your kids allowed, or not allowed, to watch?
                         How do you feel about adult language in shows or movies
                                 that are supposed to be rated G or at least PG?
                                       What have you banned from your house?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Whitey white white.

How can I express my astonishment and elation to walk into my spanish class the first day and find a stout little white man?! He was not a dark, tan woman with dark eyes and an indistuinghishable accent. He did not have bright, vibrant colors on, no, he was wearing a UD hoodie and jeans.
     Now I have no problems with those women, or teachers like that. It is simply so INCREDIBLY reassuring to me that, although I am not from nor will probably ever live in a foreign country, there is still hope!
    I want to be a spanish teacher, and there was something about that man, he just made me so ecstatic. He grew up in the same city as me, and was doing what I wanted to do!
     Who gives you hope at random times? Do you ever get random bits of happiness? Not the serious kinds you expect like family members or paychecks.
     When have you been surprised happy?
      When the vending machine at work suddenly has your favorite candy?
         When a random rose appears on the bush that didn't produce any the year before?
                    When a note is left in your lunch that says I love you?
           What makes you happy? That random, out of place kind of happy?


          Today I "Google'd" Carter Sauce. I was pretty content with my original nickname for him, and then I was really really disappointed when 9,660,000 search results popped up. I mean I knew it wasn’t totally original, but I mean I figured less than at least two million. Anyway, I searched it AND now I may have to change the name of this blog.

    Apparently there is a Facebook group called Carter Sauce, and it's some type of "F8ck Palace." Needless to say I didn't click on the link to find out more. Although to be honest, I probably would have had I been at home. My curiosity is pretty overwhelming. However, sadly, I was at school and they generally frown upon you using their internet access to look (possible) porn sites. LET ALONE in the middle of the library.
   With my luck it would have been a video entrance to the site with sounds and all. Can you imagine walking past THAT in the library?

So guess that our discussion of the day is?!!!!

That’s right, PORN!

Maybe in your world PORN is a four letter word. But maybe in in some others, it’s four letters of fun!
  This leads me up to my
Questions of the day!!

For everyone:
 Has anything like this ever happened to you?
 Have you been trying to look up something online and found something inappropriate instead?
Ever look up with your mom standing behind you? ....Yeah it's
 God that was awkward.

Have you ever been in your dorm room looking at nudies when a roommate walked in?
How often do you REALLY watch it?
Do guys share porn?
Magazines or internet? Both?
Married men, be honest. Post anonymously if you think the “Mrs.” might see.

Don’t feel bad. When I was in fifth grade the new computer lab teacher, Mr.Something-er -Other typed in instead of and showed a SOLID thirty seconds of porn to a room full of eleven year olds.

How about you Lovely Women, Lovely Wives, Mothers?
 Have you ever walked in to your husband watching it?
Ever found it on the computer?
                     How did you feel?
                      Do you do it too?

Again, don't lie. According to an article on CNN's website "
In the first three months of 2007, according to Nielsen/NetRatings, approximately one in three visitors to adult entertainment Web sites was female; during the same period, nearly 13 million American women were checking out porn online at least once each month."
Click HERE for full article.

To me this makes sense, Cosmo is basically porn. At least the good issues.

So come on, tell us. We are all big kids, if you have kids you have some experience.
 How about Rated-R movies?
My sisters tricked me in to watching American Pie with my Grandmother.
My dad and I watched the unrated version of Forgetting Sarah Marshall together AND Good luck Chuck. Actually, we turned the first off after about thirty seconds, and the second off when he goes on his sex-scapade.

Do you watch HBO? You watch True Blood don’t you?
What do you think about them?
Are they lighter versions of porn for women?

Romance Novels?
Erotica Novels?
Are those any different than your husband going to porn hub?

I believe, No matter how you feel. Find some-real- loving at some point in your life.
   Remember my motto:

Don’t be afraid of your own body. Because sexually frustrated people
kill other people.