I think lazy or absentee parenting is far more to blame for teen promiscuity than anything they're watching on television. I've always found it really lame when people would fret over what was being allowed on TV, but then allow their children total access to that. Put on parental controls, don't have cable, enforce when TV can and can't be watched, and use the opportunity when you're watching this stuff with your child to discuss with them what they see.
The shows on TV are produced for entertainment and to make money. That's it. In the same way you wouldn't educate your child about eating by watching Paula Deen, you shouldn't be allowing your child to piece together their sexual education from MTV. What people should do is give their child actual factual information so that when they are exposed to things about sex, they understand it.
When they get into sexual situations themselves, they aren't wondering what some ficticious person on a screen did, they remember what their parent or someone else they respect said to them. If they're confronted with something, they should have someone they can ask who might know what they're talking about, not an equally ill-informed friend.
I've always found it confusing to blame "the media" on the behavior of teens. It seems strange to me that we let these people operate motor vehicles, vote for presidents, but not expect them to understand that they're not on Jersey Shore. I think it's really condescending to assume that teens follow the example of characters because we don't do the same about adults. We don't wonder if the divorce rate is affected by the Real Housewives, and we don't wonder if men are cheating more on their wives due to sexuality on TV. We assume adults are capable of making up their own minds, but we also assume that these adults can't teach their values, morality, or simple facts to their own children?View Thread
Paula Deen has never come to my house and spoon-fed me anything, so I can't hold her responsible for what I've eaten.
And really, if you're adding a stick of butter to a recipe and don't understand that that's a "sometimes" food, I think a cooking show is the least of your health problems. It's up to the individual to learn about food, not up to an entertainer. She's not a doctor, she's not a personal trainer, she's an entertainer. I don't understand why people have this expectation of an entertainer to speak publicly about their health issues, or about nutrition in general.
I think her making a medication to treat this disease that she has makes sense. Who among us hasn't gotten more involved with something once it's personal? Is it a little tacky? Yeah, but so what? She's not forcing you to buy it. If someone finds it distasteful, they don't have to support it.View Thread
The kid didn't even say the real swear when they taped it, she just said "Fudge".
Why would television, which reflects the society in which it is made, use less swears? People swear every day. I don't think it's appropriate to do in front of children, but Modern Family isn't a childrens show so they really shouldn't be watching it anyway.View Thread
What I said was that a CHILD can no more choose their name than their appearance. I think trying to prevent a child from being teased when it's still in utero is ridiculous, because you don't know what kind of child you're going to get, or what the standards of those around them will be.
I didn't say anyone has said that on this discussion, what I was saying is that teasing can be for any reason. The point I was making is that because parents can decide the name for their child, people feel more free to editorialize about that. Like, this whole discussion is asking for "What are your opinion on zany names?" not something like "Should two ugly people be allowed to have kids together?".View Thread
I think it's really up to the parents what they name their children, and I think it's really petty and off-putting when they're judged for it. Nobody raises an eyebrow when people say "Ugh, what a stupid name that kid has, they're going to get teased!" but if you were to say "Ugh, look at that ugly kid, they're going to get teased!" it would be unacceptable. A child has as little control over their name as their looks, and into adulthood hopefully these kids would either get over their names, or ask to be called something else if it bothered them.View Thread
I don't go to the grocery store and expect to get food without paying for it, I don't expect my landlord to let me live for free...why should medical care be any different? It sucks, but medical care isn't free. It isn't free for the hospital to get the supplies they need, it isn't free to go to med school and get a ph.D, and it costs a lot emotionally for the nurses and other staff at a hospital to not see their families because they're helping the ill. Why should they get shafted? Why should their pay decrease?
I agree that payment plans should be more of an option, and that if people want to try to work things out with the hospital the hospital should be more than willing to do that. But unfortunately, the way the system is currently, it makes sense to have to pay for a service.View Thread