Violence in Movies and Sex on TV…


Like any other day, son was his usual self. He went to school, played outside, and watched TV. When he explained to me that he wanted to stick something sharp into a fish to kill it, he alarmed me. I asked, “Why would you want to kill a fish?:

“So we can eat it…”

“Have you seen this?”

“When [daughter] caught a catfish Poppa hit something sharp in its head and it bleed”

Now, wife and I have been worried that perhaps the superhero TV shows and stories, even action figures, are giving son the wrong idea and creating an unhealthy, violent environment. How soon we forget that life is violent. If we lived on a farm, perhaps he would have a more intimate knowledge of death.

Is it a good idea? Well, it doesn’t matter. That’s life. Molly died..he dealt with it. I think perhaps we compare children and see that son is more “vigorous” than daughter and worry that he is headed toward psychological damage. Truth is, I think men are from Jupiter and women are from Saturn. As if I would repeat that stupid cliche…

As long as son still finds joy watching The Octonauts, I will rest assured he is still our little boy. Now, if he would just go to bed…

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  1. #1 by Wife on March 15, 2013 - 9:08 pm

    I can’t believe he remembers the catfish from last spring! I guess that much “bleed” is memorable for a boy whose meat usually comes from a ziploc of nuggets in the freezer. That WAS a yummy catfish, though.

    • #2 by skischulze on March 16, 2013 - 2:43 pm

      of course, the whole situation begs the question about watching TV in the first place. Maybe we should throw out the idiot box. But, then again, how could I watch reruns of Star Trek

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