Not safe for kids

Posted Tuesday, November 20, 2007, at 2:58 PM
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  • They've gotta be getting rich off the relatives who buy the make-up remover from the doll-building sites and make sensible clothes for Chloe,Sasha,et al when they aren't outfitting the American Girl heroines.

    While the DIY crowd are making the moppets new playsets like'Homeschool','Petz Rescue','Food Drive','Scrapbook Center' and 'Nature Walk',somebody needs to be checking out current kid lit,films and t.v. shows.

    Still,our ancestors survived books like the Elsie Dinsmore series.

    (It somehow blended the ideas of strict piety and moral rectitude with selfish consumerism,adult/child relationships that border on the erotic and a rather flexible sense of ethics)

    And,as David Melson pointed out,we outgrew any racist/sexist/violent pap included in the cartoons we enjoyed.

    Fortunately,most kids are oblivious to the stupider things they get handed and instinctively winnow out the toxic parts in favor of whatever innocent fun and healthy messages their entertainments contain.

    (It helps if they get a steady diet of sensible material and positive role models to help them detect the traces of good buried beneathe so much foolish popular culture.)

    If we make our values known and watch what we feed their spirits,we can assist our children's natural 'b.s.' detectors and give them the discernment to learn about patriotism rather than waterboarding from G.I. Joe and their fashion dolls would promote friendship,grrrlll power and inner beauty rather than how to tart oneself up enough to attract the nearest Humbert Humbert or Charles Starkweather.

    In the meantime,we need to make strong protests to both the people who try to taint our children with garbage and the folks who make 'safe' and 'politically correct' anything but what they are labeled.

    The young people they target deserve more respect than that and the adults they write off as unwary or uncaring money machines certainly deserve more than their contempt.

    -- Posted by quantumcat on Wed, Nov 21, 2007, at 1:42 PM
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