Somehow for millions of years our species survived with the young seeing death, violence and sex (one room huts) not just on a frequent basis, but as a part of life. Now with society making this stuff outright taboo to the young I think it has a fetishizing effect for many. The effect these things have on kids have as much to do with the reaction of their parents and the kids’ socialization as it does with the material itself.[/quote]
I have no answers to these questions, but I thought this was a very very nice point. I agree. Where the line’s drawn i dunno, but this is a very interesting and, I think, valid point.
how many people trying to uber-shelter their kids from the ‘badness’ of sex and violence and death (in real world terms, mind you, not crazy porn/ultra violence) have screwed their kids up? I point to the vast majority of crazy super-fundamentalists as exhibit A. There’s a reason rebellion in those kids takes place in the sex/drugs/alcohol arena. I know several personally off the top of my head. There’s a reason so many of them go crazy when they’ve been sheltered and restricted, and I think “fetishizing” is a good term for some aspects of that.
Well, there’s a lot of reasons, but I think this is a huge one. Now, I’m not suggesting that people change what they teach their kids in terms of values or that people become hypocrites with their religion (quite the contrary actually), simply that the reactionary sheltering is super retarded.
again, I dunno where the boundary lies between sensible and retarded. I just think it’s an interesting point. Though, to be sure, I think it is infinitely harder to find the sensible balance now with the omnipresent mass media/internet ultraviolent age in full swing than it would be in other places or other time periods, so in a sense I kinda feel bad for people trying to find that balance now.