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How Movies and Cartoons Sexualized Me

March 15, 2010

** This is a reprint from a July 6, 2009 post

I’m shocked how sexualized many of the movies and shows were that I loved watching as a kid.

** Sometime names of movies or links can be triggery, so I’m not going to name any of them. 

moviesA FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE
This past week, I got to thinking about a favorite movie from 1984 that I used to watch over an over as a kid.  I was getting a bit nostalgic and decided to order it from Amazon.  My wife and I sat down to watch it last night, and I was amazed how many sexual innuendos and scenes filled the movie!  I was embarrassed.   I didn’t remember  it being so bad. 
No wonder I had problems with sexual addiction. 

cableGETTING CABLE
When I was 12, my parents got cable.  We were so excited to be able to see the new channels, but also the movie channels.  MTV, HBO, and Cinemax were the places I would hang out.  I watched endless hours of sex-charged music videos and shows.  I was always excited for Friday and Saturday nights, because I could stay up late and watch TV.  That meant if I made it to midnight, I could see some of the really bad movies.  No wonder I had problems with sexual addiction. 

RATED R MOVIES
I couldn’t wait for my uncle to come to town from California each year.  Our bonding activity with him was for my brother and I to go to a movie together with him.  Of course we picked the rated R movie that was showing.  My parents obliged.  It was exciting to go, but I saw things in some of those movies no preteen should be allowed to see.  No wonder I had problems with sexual addiction.

eyeballs_pirateEVEN CARTOONS
Sexualization also came from some of the cartoons I used to watch.  How many Looney Tunes and Popeye cartoons would draw in the voluptuous girl and show the guys making “wolf-whistles” at her?  No wonder I had problems with objectifying women.

 

TWO THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
I’m not saying don’t watch cartoons or movies.  I do want to highlight two things:

1.  Some of our sexual problems may have roots in the TV shows and movies we have watched growing up. 

2.  We need to be careful what we are filling our minds and our kids’ minds with today.

One Comment
  1. JeffTN62 permalink
    March 16, 2010 1:10 am

    The cable revolution that invaded so many homes, planted the seeds for future sex addiction. Here is my time line of how technology has been used to invade our homes to become the new needle to deliver the new addictive drug of choice- porn. Feel free to add any technology or correction of the time line. I am far from being a technology history expert. Also, understand these advances that have been used for wrong, have also also been used to spread the Gospel and change lives also.

    8mm films- 1932- brought films in to the homes
    Polaroid camera- 1947- those of us over 35 remember how it instantly gave us photos
    Magazines- 1950’s- Content never seen before delivered to homes
    Super 8- 1960’s- takes home movies to a new level
    Betamax/VHS- 1975-76- remember how exciting it was to watch movies at home.
    Personal computers 1975- the start of revolution that has never been seen in technology
    Laserdisc-1978- Home video format on disc- forerunner to CD and DVD
    Cable TV- 1980’s- mass penetration of a delivery system exposing a generation to Showtime
    and HBO’s soft core porn
    World Wide Web- 1990’s- an amazing tool in expanding knowledge of all kinds
    GIF Image- 1990’s- transformed the web into full color
    Internet Service Providers- 1990’s average humans could access the web, chat rooms, email
    DVD and DVD Players- 1995 a new mass produced way to watching movies
    Digital Camera- late 1990’s- a new frontier in photography
    Mobile Phones- 2000’s- phone that could access web and take pictures
    Satellite radio- 2002- adult content available on satellite radio.
    iPod with video- 2005- a new way of watching video thin as a credit card
    Video Sharing- 2005- masses can make and distribute their own video

    Prediction of the next 10 years? Future new technology could captivate a new generation into virtual relationships and androids where they are controlled in a world of total emotional denial of any need for real interaction, love, compassion, care or true relationship either human or spiritual to fill the vacuum. This could set the platform for control that has never seen before in the history of man.

    2nd Timothy 3: 1-7

    1But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

    6They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.

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