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Thursday Nov 19, 2009

God, these type of articles annoy me.

If, like me, you’re too lazy to click through onto articles it’s a whiney article about the influence of Bella from Twilight as a bad role model for girls.

Because she is clingy and self absorbed and willing to give up everything for the man-child vampire Edward Cullen.

So, she is dangerous. Just like Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet encouraged suicide and pre-marital sex and violence, and just like Wuthering Heights Catherine encouraged girls to be narcissistic and self destructive, and just like heavy metal music makes boys take guns and kill people.

The kids? To paraphrase the delightfully cheeky Robbie Williams, are alright. They are smart and should be given more credit than to assume they’re blindly follow characters and celebrities and umm, fall in love with a vampire?

And if your child is influenced by a fictional character or Paris Hilton to make decisions and shape their personality, then you know what? They’d be influenced by anything and you’ve failed as a parent, and we’ve failed as a society to raise children with a bit of nous and intelligence.

Or, crazily enough, they’re just normal kids who fuck up and make mistakes.

Shits me.

In other awesome news I have a ticket to see New Moon this afternoon. Sure I’m 28 and it’s a little lame, but I accept that title fully.

I was a relatively angry/wanky/indie teenager so I missed that teenager fandom stage. Let’s just say I am making up for it with being giddy about seeing this movie. And cranky about lame media opinion pieces.

5 Comments »

mizanthrop:

*stands and applauds*

I’m so glad you said all that, coz now I don’t have to.

Enjoy the movie, I’ve got tickets for Sunday. *squeeeeee*

November 19th, 2009 | 6:27 pm

Mizanthrop – Dude, it was awesome. All stilted dialogue and half nekkid hot boys. Enjoy!

But yeah, stuff like that bothered me as a teen and still bothers me now. Give them a bit more credit (and ignore all of my terrible grammar and spelling mistakes.)

November 19th, 2009 | 6:38 pm

I get to take a break from pool league on Sunday and go see New Moon with a friend 😀 I think the media needs something better to do with their time along with all the critics.

November 20th, 2009 | 2:28 am

Hey Lucy. As usual, I would like to disagree 🙂 I clicked on that link and read the article, and I thought it made a good point. Those books and movies portray traditional gender roles in a very persuasive way, and kids won’t necessarily watch them with a critical attitude. Someone has to say something about it.

Perhaps you’re disagreeing more with the author’s condescending tone than you are with the substance of what she’s saying? Or perhaps you got the impression that she thinks kids shouldn’t be allowed to see the film? I’d have a problem with that too, but I don’t think that’s what she meant.

I don’t know… am I wrong?

November 22nd, 2009 | 11:05 pm

Mark – No, you’re not wrong. That’s why opinions are so awesome, but I still don’t agree with you. It wasn’t the tone, it was the content of the article that irked me.

Gender roles are picked up far before the tween stage, parents have a much stronger influence on how their children form traditional roles.

These articles are so predictable it’s almost boring. You know what was my favourite book growing up? Helter Skelter, a book about Charles Manson. So, going by this article that a character in a favourite book/movie can and will determine how I view the world, my place in it and how I become as a person, I should be a serial killer. And you know the music I listened to? Rock, so really following this same logic I should also have been a drug taking, slutty kid who possibly would go into my high school and start shooting.

I think articles like these are written by adults who forget what it was like to be a teenager, that impressionable kids are impressionanble kids, no matter what books or music or movies they’re watching.

November 23rd, 2009 | 6:44 am
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