I went and saw a movie last year (underworld 2) with my dad, and we liked it so much we decided to stay to see it a second time. Right before the movie started again, a family of 5 walked into the theater: the parents a 12 year old girl a 10 year old girl and a 7 year old little boy. My dad and i made a bet that the parents would take the kids out of the theater before the movie ended. We were wrong. On the contrary, they sat unflinching through every second of blood-splattered gore. Not even blinking an eye when a character was sliced into mince-meat by a helicopter blade. But, Half way through the movie, a sex scene took place. The parents started panicking, frantically shielding their childrens eyes with their hands. This happened in the United States, and let me ask you... What the hell is wrong with us? We let our children watch movies filled with violence, but when a bit of flesh shows, it's the end of the world as we know it. I pray that the next generation will at least have some common sense as to not take small children to an R rated movie...
Fetter_Zickleinmorder I pray that the next generation will at least have some common sense as to not take small children to an R rated movie...
I think there isn't much chance in that happening. It's kind of a circle. (some) Parents these days take little children to really violent movies; as a result, the children kind of grow up with those pictures and scenes. They see it as normal, as they grew up with it. When they've grown up and gotten children; they will do 'normal' things with them. Such as... yes, going to this kind of movie. I mean, they grew up with it and see nothing wrong with it, so they're likely to raise their own children pretty much the same way. And this way it goes on and on; as I said, it's a a circle.
About the violence.. Well, I haven't seen Underworld 2 so I can't really cast a strong opinion about it. I guess parents indeed should realize not to go to a violent movie with little kids.
About the US and nudity.. Well... I guess there's just a taboo about this subject in the US. Nothing to do about it; it will pass with time probably.
7th December 2003
I also find this trend rather disturbing. Getting used to violence, even though it is fictionary violence only, probably doesn't have a good effect on a child's mind.
I'd rather see more sex and less gore.
I grew up like that, my parents wouldn't take me to the cinema to see violent movies but I was allowed by and large to watch violent movies at the house, films like Aliens, Terminator, Predator or Rambo. There woulda been certain films like the Exorcist or a Clockwork Orange that they wouldn't let me watch, but really... I got to watch my fair share of violence and sex and I don't think I'm any worse because of it.
MrFancypants;3354009I also find this trend rather disturbing. Getting used to violence, even though it is fictionary violence only, probably doesn't have a good effect on a child's mind. I'd rather see more sex and less gore.
Here here, everyone could do with alittle more of that
When I was growing up it was just the opposite. My parents didn't mind if we saw a mild sex scene. Two people making love and expressing their emotions in that way was a much more suitable alternative to us kids watching someone cut off someone else's head. I'm not saying we watched porn or anything even remotely similar, but they certainly didn't hide our eyes if some sex scene popped up. I have to agree that it would be more detrimental to a child to watch the violence than to watch something as natural as sex. As long as it's tastefully represented I don't see an issue with it. I wouldn't of course specifically take my kids to watch such a program, but if a scene or two was shown during the course of the film then fine. lol I think parents should be more responsible in what they allow their children to view. They also need to be proactive in the situation and explain anything the child might see so they can understand and process the images properly. Most children aren't equipped to process adult imagery, they're kids afterall!
Totally agree with you there, I myself watch a lot of sex programs in order to learn everything-porn has a biased view and quite often portrays women as inferior something to which I hate. Love scene all for them here as they are 2 equals having fun-a child can learn a lot. Yeah they are kids but you should gradually increase what they see over time. A bit of violence is'nt too bad as they will see lots during thier lifetime all over the place but again keep it increasing very Gradually
To me, I think that this sums American Society as a whole. Violence is seen as a normal part of life, and children are exposed to it very early. Sex however, is seen as something that is horrible, sickening, and very wrong.
If you ask me, I think it should be the other way around. There are alot of people out there who have sex everyday at least, and it becomes a part of the persons life. And there is nothing wrong with that either.
Violence, on the other hand, is showed as normal in those movies, just the same as sex. It sends a message to children that murder and torture are just as normal in every day life as sex. And that is wrong.
Vertical345;3354251To me, I think that this sums American Society as a whole. Violence is seen as a normal part of life, and children are exposed to it very early. Sex however, is seen as something that is horrible, sickening, and very wrong.
Exactly that. To put it in the words of our Chancellor from the 70ies, Bruno Kreisky, answering how he didn't understand why people compared the harmful effect of pornography to violence in the media: "In the end, pornography only serves life"
I have to say my parents let me watch films with sex scenes in them and to be honest i prefer it that way as, as many of you have sex is natural and a human killing another is not.