Wednesday, June 03, 2009

pet peeve #348

Okay, so I have a pet peeve to complain about following a night out with some mommy friends. Why is it that women of a certain education level feel the need to preface all allusions to television shows with the caveat that they only VERY RARELY allow their children to watch any t.v. whatsoever. For example, one mother might say, "We spend all this money on cable and never turn the damn thing on, but the other day we decided to dust the cobwebs off our set in order to briefly watch a program on historically accurate depictions of blah, blah, blah and we just happened upon an educational PBS cartoon of all things." Another mother might say, "Oh we never watch t.v. either, only allowing our children to watch 30 minutes of French language videos per week, but we just so happened to turn on Noggin for our daughter the other day because we needed something to distract her for 10 minutes while we pulled the cat out of the toilet." And another might comment, "Oh we don't watch t.v. at our house either, in fact I'd get rid of the thing altogether if I didn't need her to watch one of her Dora videos for the upteenth time so that I can prepare dinner in peace, but she did accidentally get hooked on Sponge Bob - I blame the public schools for that one!"

Blech. Watch t.v. Let you kids watch t.v. By all means, do other things too, but for Christ's sake stop explaining how little t.v. your kids actually watch when you want to share a "t.v. moment." It's okay. I won't turn you in to Child Protection Services for letting your kids watch Hannah Montana! And I won't tell anyone that you have never missed an episode of Flavor of Love. Peace out.


Jennifer said...

I believe the phrase you are searching for is "opiate of the masses".

You know, I'm not a mom, but I have experienced something similar while living in the Bay Area and Portland with the Kill-Your-TV crowd. Funny how they always happened to show up at their friend's house on the same night as Project Runway. Every week! DANG! What a coinky-dink!

femminismo said...

It's so good to read your writing again! Keep it up, keep it up! All together now, join the chant: "Keep it up, Keep it up." After all, it's not like you have anything else to do. - Auntie, again

femminismo said...

More, more, more, please. - auntie j