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In my day…

Filed at 8:02 am under by Tim Haas

It’s a “good ol’ days” article:

Kids Morality Shouldn’t Be For Sale
My “girl” magazines were loaded with dating tips, latest fashions and good reasons for not “going steady.” When a new dance came out, there would be footprinted instructions and words to go with the latest melodies.

The years between my loss of interest in dolls and dishes, and the discovery of boys, left me pretty much on my own to pick my way across the minefield of adolescence. It was a confusing time, sure, but it gave us kids time to think about growing up before we were propelled into it.

Not so today. “No questions left unanswered — whether asked or not” seems to be the pledge of media aimed at youth. Why else would a kids’ magazine run articles on oral sex and incest?

Altruism? I don’t think so. There’s only one reason for such a trash overload — money.

I’ve been a little out of the loop lately. Does anyone know if the author’s referring to a real magazine, or not?

(Oxygen? We didn’t have oxygen. In MY day we suffocated and we LOVED it!)

12 Responses to “In my day…”


Comment by
Andrea
March 22nd, 2005
at 9:14 am

I know that Oxygen is a real magazine but I did not think it was for kids. Then again, I’ve never read it.


Comment by
Andrea R
March 22nd, 2005
at 10:26 am

Uh, any of the “girl” magazines that have articles like that are *clearly* marketed towards college or older highschool students (Seventeen for example), not kids of 12.

And if 12 year olds are reading them, maybe Mommy better have a talk. I do let my girls read teen magazines, but they tend to skip over anything do to with s-e-x. 😉 I know what ones are gettign into the house, and I read them too. IMO, the author is taking the more extreme examples and insunuating that it happens all the time, in a majority of the content.

What she should have written was an article about the *ads* in the magazines. Far more damaging.

I didn’t see anywhere in the actual article where she mentions a specific magazine. *scratches head*


Comment by
traci
March 22nd, 2005
at 10:46 am

We just subscribed to American Girl Magazine from the line of dolls & books. It has articles on friendship,hair & skin care,hobbies etc… No sex. It’s for girls 8-12.

As for other magazines… National geographic for kids, Young Dancer,Ranger Rick.. I suggest sticking to hobby or learning magazines for kids under 12.

I didn’t start reading Seventeen till Jr High & Cosmo till college.


Comment by
darby
March 22nd, 2005
at 12:38 pm

Oxygen is a magazine???

My 9yo’s favorite magazine is Discovery Girl, which sticks to defining what’s a crush, and how to survive when your best friend stabs you in the back. No sex. Too much fashion. Not nearly as wholesome as American girl, but (according to my dd) a lot more fun.
😉


Comment by
Chris
March 22nd, 2005
at 1:49 pm

My 11 year old son reads Time for Kids, Sports Illustrated for Kids, and some video game magazine.

My nine year old daughter reads several equestrian mags – I can’t keep track of the names.


Comment by
Daryl
March 22nd, 2005
at 2:15 pm

Chris,

I saw this one yesterday and thought of your daughter.


Comment by
Andrea R
March 22nd, 2005
at 2:33 pm

They also have Cosmo Girl out, which is for the same audenece as Seventeen.
Why yes, I know far too much about teen magazines. 🙂


Comment by
martha
March 22nd, 2005
at 10:36 pm

homeschool teachers
I teach my son at home and probably spend more time one on one teaching than a public school teacher. I think us homeschool teachers should be payed a small salary. I would like to know what other people think. This is the third child I have home schooled. Tge other two graduated with honors, a highschool diploma and a high GPA average.


Comment by
Chris
March 23rd, 2005
at 10:54 am

That was her first horse magazine Daryl. She reads several others that are not aimed just at kids.

I wonder who martha thinks should be paying us? Actually,I thihk I know the answer – and I don’t like it 🙂


Comment by
Daryl
March 23rd, 2005
at 12:21 pm

Well, I agree with Martha. Guys, we ought to be paying our wives what they’re worth. Of course, that means I’ll have to take on about 15 more jobs plus rob some banks on the side.


Comment by
Tim Haas
March 23rd, 2005
at 12:44 pm

You could cut down the workload a little by getting those jobs *at* banks …


Comment by
Sarah
March 24th, 2005
at 1:08 am

My stepmother gave me a subscription to Seventeen when I was 11 or so. I was horrified — and that was in 1992. As I recall, I was embarrassed to think that God and my dead grandmother would have thought I was reading that kind of thing, and never read anything after that first issue. ^_^