Yesterday I had the television on with the sound off. I was too lazy to turn it off.
The teasers for Criminal Minds and CSI were virtually identical. Two young women were being hunted. They were, of course, attractive young white women. They scrambled through wooded areas, partly clothed, a soundtrack artfully tracking their terror.
This was quickly followed by titillating sexual torture. One woman was fondled as she was chained to a stripper pole.
And this unending stream of broken, battered women and girls isn’t just bad for women viewers. It’s toxic for men as well.
And there are more subtle temples of doom. Because I don’t learn, I not only kept the television on. I turned up the sound. Dr. Phil took on a dysfunctional family that was struggling drug addiction. He celebrated the 60th day of sobriety for the young scion of the family. Then he castigated the mother for her failure to devote her life to her son’s recovery and said NOTHING to the father.
Toxic … and boring.
In a world where girls prefer to be hot rather than smart, the research and numbers are overwhelming. Media matters. Not necessarily more than parents and peers but it matters much.
Don’t let anyone make you defend your concerns. It’s not just in your mind nor is it purely anecdotal, the research is solid:
In the now, what to do?
Watch what you watch.