7 Quick Takes Friday!

This picture isn’t strictly relevant, but I found it so dizzyingly awesome that I had to post it
 Well, this week certainly has been…interesting. 
First, there was this. I’ll let you skim the thread and come to your own conclusions about what’s more offensive, my shirt or the comments on this forum.
Then there was Sienna. I mean, she’s always interesting, but this week she was in rare form. 
On Tuesday before we started school she was playing imaginary school by herself. Standing at the chalkboard, she started giving a lecture to her “students”. It was so hysterical that I starting typing it up, but this is all I got before she noticed me listening, frowned, and dropped her voice to a cryptic whisper. 

“The iteration of the explorer’s psychology is not under-tained. It can be under-tained, but it is not. It is very important to know that this is the most serious project Dr. Seuss has ever made.”
On Wednesday we were working on rhyming words. I asked her to come up with a word to rhyme with “map” and she shouted “App!” Then I asked for a word that rhymes with “ham” and she blinked, widened her eyes innocently and said, “Damn?” 
20 minutes later she brought me a toy dinosaur with a Jenga block stuck on it and said, “wow, Mom, this dinosaur has a really big penis.” 
The Jenga block was correctly placed, so I’m chalking that one up as a win for basic knowledge of anatomy.
Then the Ogre re-considered a baby name, something which he has NEVER done, not ever. He had the Pogues playlist on the other day, and after listening “Lorelei” twice he said, “haven’t you always liked the name Lorelei?”
I stared, dumfounded, because I haven’t so much always “liked” the name Lorelei as I have absolutely loved it and begged him to consider it for each of our children, including Liam (before we knew he was a boy, obviously). 
I love the Pogues so much. 
This video contains violence and bad language, so don’t watch it with the kids around
Then there was this video which went viral on the internet. I found the entire thing profoundly disturbing, so much so that I couldn’t get it off my mind. Some news outlets reported that the student was upset about Trayvon Martin’s reprehensible murder and the apparent lack of justice going on here in Florida, but it seems pretty clear to me from the way she’s moving that she’s suffering from some sort of mental problem. 
I was less disturbed by the girl’s outburst, though, than I was by the reactions of her classmates. Towards the end you can see almost all of them with their phones out, recording and taking pictures of the incident. Then, after the student is removed from the classroom, they all burst into raucous laughter.
Really? This is entertainment, some girl totally losing it in a public setting? And even if she was just angry and violent, how is that remotely funny?
Here’s a question I’ll never be in danger of asking
All in all, I’m glad this week is over.

 Especially since it means I get to see The Hunger Games this weekend! I loved the books and have been anxiously awaiting the release of the movie. The Ogre is, as usual, unimpressed with my taste in everything, so I’ll be going alone, but I got used to that in Vegas and even kind of like going to the movies alone now. 
Speaking of movies, has anyone seen John Carter? I’ve been promising Sienna a movie and I’d like to take her to see this one. Anybody? Anything offensive in it? 
Have a great weekend, everyone! Go and see Jen for more quick takes!

  • Anonymous

    Are you my reproductive endocrinologist? If not, then you have no authority to tell me what medication I can and cannot take.

  • Anonymous

    oh, I just came back from seeing John Carter. Too scary, long, and gory for a 5-year old! We enjoyed it, but way too graphic and confusing for a kid. Hope you find a nice movie to see with her. –Rosie

  • Anonymous

    The fact that the Bible is violent is really irrelevant. You'd compare the Hunger Games to the Bible? There is lots of sex in the Bible, yet that doesn't make it ok to look at porn.I didn't see any "interesting questions" in the Hunger Games (which I have read). I saw gratuitious violence coupled with a love triangle carefully crafted to appeal to young girls. Trash, in other words, designed to suck in our young daughters and get them to read about senseless violence.

  • Tiffany

    Oh Anonymous, you seem desperate for a fight. You are really reaching in your responses and you don't seem to accept (or maybe understand?) reasonable responses. In my experience, people that frantically need to invalidate another are either insecure themselves or are trying to justify some guilt they are protecting. Either way, you might enjoy life more if you let go a little and stop being so attached to 'being right'. May God bless YOU too.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, Tiffany. Maybe those things are true, maybe not, but I still think the Hunger Games is gratuitous violence. It's funny that people who are against princess dresses and strapless shirts are perfectly OK with a book about children killing children.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07632005486245515873 Calah

    Sorry for the delay in response. I've been meaning to get back to you but you know, life happens. Here are my thoughts on literature, since that seems to be the major bone you're picking. First, no, I wasn't comparing the Bible to the Hunger Games. I was pointing out the obvious weakness of using the Bible as a defense for not reading anything violent. That isn't even rational. Second, you should know that both my husband and I take literature very seriously and have been trained to read and understand literature by one of the finest universities in the country. That being said, the Hunger Games is not excellent literature. If the stupid love triangle had been left out, I would put it almost on par with Lord of the Flies, also a book about children killing children, one which is world-renowned and was, when I was in high school, required reading. I can't understand how you read those books and didn't see all the interesting questions brought up. The role of technology in oppression, for example, is one that I had never considered. Television is used as a weapon to grind the people of the districts down. And while the governments, both Snow's and Coin's, were too obviously (really, Coin? Come on now, Suzanne Collins) crafted to be "two sides of the same coin", still the questions of what governments may and may not do in war, particularly if the war is a just one, were obviously present. The bomb Beetee and Gale designed? Did that not make you think of nuclear bombs, and what is or is not licit in warfare? Can civilians be targeted, even if accidentally? How does the principle of double effect play in? I have my own beliefs on these matters but I think they are absolutely crucial for people within a society to revisit often in order to maintain a just society. Personally I believe that shielding children and teens from the reality of violence, particularly the brutality which humans are capable of, is extremely dangerous. Our society has tried to do that (think of the stupid "no toy guns" rules at schools), and in return we have children whose only experience with violence is what they learn from other children, and most unfortunately from video games like Grand Theft Auto. I'm not advocating The Hunger Games as a teaching tool per se, but books like Lord of the Flies, which have been banned precisely for the reason you give not to read The Hunger Games, should be essential reading for teenagers. They must understand what humans are capable of, so that they can guard against that in themselves and others. They need to be able to see injustice where it exists and understand the right and wrong ways to combat it. Just think of Spike Lee tweeting for vigilante justice! This is what our culture has come to. Instead of frank discussions about violence and justice and the morality of warfare, we've hidden all unpleasantness and uncomfortable truths about humanity from our children, who now do not know what is right and wrong, and can't recognize illicit justice (vigilante justice) when they see it. There is a difference between gratuitous violence and violence which serves to teach us something, just as there is a difference between gratuitous sex and sex that aims to teach us. If you really want to be scandalized, go pick up Michel Houellebecq's The Elementary Particles. Chock full of the most depraved sexual/violent acts I've ever come across. The book literally made me nauseous at times, and yet I believe it is one of the finest books of our time. Nothing else I've ever read gives such an unflinching, scathing indictment of the sexual revolution and how it has almost entirely destroyed our essential humanity.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07632005486245515873 Calah

    Being able to make such distinctions about art and literature is extremely important if we are to properly teach our children. Dismissing something because it is violent is reactionary and foolish. You must examine the purpose of the violence and what the intended effects are on the audience. I understood the entire Hunger Games trilogy to be a deep indictment of war, violence and government oppression. The characters at the end are so deeply damaged by the violence they have suffered and doled out that they can never be at peace. Nothing about that says to me that the author is trying to stir our children to violence…quite the opposite.