Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sex. Just how many times can it be said...

in a one hour tv show?

I'll tell you: 47

The guilty show: "Secret Life of the American Teen"

I have to say it. The secrets of the teens on this show? Not. Secret. At. All.

Are you having sex? Is she having sex? Are they having sex? You're not having sex, are you? You're too young to have sex. I'm not too young to have sex. What kind of sex are you having? Are you having safe sex? I'm not ready for sex. You have too much sex. He only wants sex.

It goes on and on and on. It is high school, after all. It's all about drama and talk, not truth and discretion.

Now I can't say for sure, since my kids are not in high school yet, but I'm fairly sure that most dads don't talk with their daughters about whether she's a good kisser or not. And I'm pretty certain that boyfriends don't talk open with their girlfriends' dads about kissing (and doing more with) their daughters.

And call me crazy, but I really don't think any high school would allow signage regarding a "Just Say Me" campaign. (I don't want to spell out what that means, but think about it in terms of sex and you'll understand.)

Hayley and I watch "Secret Life" every week. Sometimes Scott joins us. What a blessing that all the sex talk isn't uncomfortable for us to listen to as a family! When I occasionally get squeamish, I sneak a peak over to see how Hayley is reacting and she doesn't appear to be the least bit phased by it.

Usually, though, Scott and I have to contain our laughter at the preposterous melodrama. It's utterly ridiculous.

"Secret Life's" single saving grace? It widens the roads of communication between Hayley and us "parents" (said with the disgust of knowing that parents actually do "it"). LOL!

4 comments:

Keri said...

Hi Kate, I'm not surprised to hear the content on that show. It's amazing. But what came first, kids talking about sex or the tv show that has them talking about sex which could be why the focus is on sex. Makes me crazy. Glad I'm not the mother of a teenager, it's scarey out there. Nice to see your blog again. Just poking around to see what's cooking in your world, more later. Keri (a.k.a. Sam)

Kate said...

Hi Keri! Glad to see you back and commenting. Hope things are going well for you!

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