Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they didn’t have anything to do with it.


If you read blogs or have twitter or facebook or any account anywhere online I’m sure you’ve seen the cast of Glee half naked in GQ today.

I couldn’t quite place my finger on what was wrong when I woke up today but I realized when I opened up Google Reader that it was the wrath of a million angry mommybloggers collectively sighing that was sucking the air out of THE ENTIRE WORLD!

There is OUTRAGE! There is DISGUST! There are groups out there comparing it to PEDOPHILIA!


Parent’s TV writes:

β€œIt is disturbing that GQ, which is explicitly written for adult men, is sexualizing the actresses who play high school-aged characters on β€˜Glee’ in this way. It borders on pedophilia. Sadly, this is just the latest example of the overt sexualization of young girls in entertainment,” said PTC President Tim Winter. (source)

Lea Michele and Dianna Agron are both 24 years old! Posing in GQ magazine! This isn’t Teen Beat, it’s not even 17 magazine, it is GQ.

GQ: Gentlemans’ Quarterly Magazine

Equating 24 year old women to pedophilia is about as lame as this “wholesome” label I’ve seen applied to Glee on blog after blog today.


In season one, the head cheerleader (and president of the celibacy club) got pregnant by her boyfriend’s best friend but lied to her boyfriend and told him that his sperm had swam from his penis into her vagina when he had pre-ejaculated in the hot tub. You see, that time he wasn’t able to stop “arriving early” by thinking about his mom while getting a hang job as he had in previous “sessions” which were all brilliantly played out via flashbacks and in thought bubbles.

Also, a teacher is trying to talk himself out of kissing another teacher. Oh, and he’s married. And is wife is pregnant. Except she’s not really pregnant, she’s faking and trying to convince the cheerleader to give her the baby of her boyfriend’s best friend so that her husband doesn’t find out.

The two great themes in American TV.

1) Teenagers are oversexed dumbasses.
2) Marriage is a joke.

THIS is the wholesome show that you are SO SURPRISED allowed pictures like these to be taken.


All these parents say how much they love the show but now aren’t going to watch anymore because of these pictures. Not the pre-ejaculating teenager! Nope! That was totally okay but these pictures? Not so much!

Here’s an idea: Stop blaming TV shows and magazines for your children’s faults. YOU are the parents. Not the TV shows. Not the magazines. YOU. Communicate with them what is okay and what isn’t. They are much better at understanding and rationalizing this stuff than a lot of you are giving them credit for.

According to most of the tweets, facebook and blog posts I’ve read today, they are also much better at rationalizing it than a lot of PARENTS are.

12 thoughts on “Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they didn’t have anything to do with it.


    I also shared this on my Facebook since the 200+ mothers on it did not understand why I was NOT outraged. They said I “just didn’t understand” since I don’t have kids.

    Very nice post. πŸ™‚

  2. Parent groups always seem to need to find something to BE OUTRAGED about. Remember when the 6th Harry Potter book came out and all the parents were incensed because 16 year olds were SNOGGING? Conveniently forgetting that Harry Potter DROPS OUT OF (wizard) SCHOOL at the end. The fuck? Priorities, people…

  3. I don’t watch Glee but I know it wouldn’t be something that I would let even my step-daughter watch. There is a reason it is on at the time it’s on and there is a reason there is a rating on these shows. Just because its all singing, all dancing that doesn’t mean it’s child friendly. I think most people are just idiots.

  4. The thing I hate most about the Tim Winter’s quote is that he is a dumbass on two levels: the obvious one and calling it “pedophilia”. The sexual attraction to postpubescent children (which these women are not, but do portray on the show) is called ephebophilia. When you lump everything together into pedophilia you’re just downplaying hebephilia and ephebophilia, like those two issues don’t matter as much. But that’s just a personal pet peeve of mine.

    None the less, parents are so effin’ obnoxious. They just want something to bitch about. We all grew up without V-chips and parental controls. You know what my parents did when Cinemax went straight from a family movie to soft core porn at 10pm? Turned the television off. My gracious, the power of parenting!

  5. I’ve never even seen Glee, but considering that it’s about a show choir and that it takes place in High School. I am not too surprised by some of the things that happen on it. Do people even remember what High School was like?! πŸ™‚


    You hit every nail on the head here. I agree completely. This is why your daughter is such a good kid.

    Also, I watched Glee for like 5 minutes because my friend made me and then I was done. Garbage.

  7. I totally agree with you Anna.

    And don’t even get those same parents started on Harry Potter! Those kids snogging was just the beginning! But it’s about WITCHCRAFT!

  8. Yes, it’s pedophilia for men to look at scantily clad twenty-four year-olds. But it’s definately not inappropriate for Rihanna to walk around half-naked in her videos since age seventeen and for teenagers to talk about intercourse on every episode of every teen drama on television.

    Sometimes I think people create controversy over this kind of thing because they’re not witty enough to come up with a more worthwhile topic.

    *cyber five*

  9. I have nothing useful to say except THANK YOU. I couldn’t have said it better myself. And the media makes me sick sometimes. Sometimes I wonder why I even bother watching the news. lol.

  10. I found out about this a little later than most but I was so in shock that I couldn’t even articulate what I wanted to say, so thank goodness you said it for me!!!!! It’s not like Glee is a Disney channel show, where I could *possibly* see the ruckus but c’mon! This has NOTHING to do with pedophilia. It has a lot to do with rocking hot actress/singers and hot sexy Cory Monteith. Whose saying that there is Pedophilia where he is concerned? I haven’t heard much ruckus on his part and he plays the same high school aged character that the girls do.

    But nonetheless, I think the pictures rocked and I will still watch GLEE EVERY TUESDAY!

  11. Glee is so stupid and so freaking contagious. Any snippet Sydney sees of it she’s like I LOVE GLEE all seven year old and crazy. Although all she really understands is that we let her watch them sing the song she happened to catch at the risk of hearing her throw a hissy.

    But really, I turn on my tv last week at 7:30 and ET is all GLEE IS EVIL and LOOK AT GQ and in Glee’s defense they are on later, and ET was on at 7:30. ET is something preteens and up are going to tune into and they showed all the photos. You can put a red ribbon over it all you want, we get idea behind the shots.

    This time, we should have shot the messengers/media.

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