After watching that 80’s movie Girls Just Wanna Have Fun this weekend, I was struck by how much the times have actually changed. Not that it wasn’t there in the 80’s and before, but it’s clear that the sexualization of girls in the media has gotten worse and worse over the years. But we’re like the proverbial frogs in a pot of water set to boil–we don’t realize it’s changing because we’re right in it. I have even read that girls who watch TV are more likely to get pregnant and to feel bad about themselves because of the behaviors they see represented on the screen by their supposed “peers.”
Susan and I have often considered a lot of different jobs for ourselves, but there’s one we keep coming back to. Censors. That’s right. Somebody needs to clean up the media, so why not us? We can just apply the 80’s standards to everything–you remember the halcyon days of the 80’s, those gloriously innocent and moral years of our upbringing. Just turn back the clock a bit-that’s all I want for our girls and boys. To get us started, we could get training in some repressive regime where there are still censors, you know, just to learn the ropes and get a feel for it.