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5 Politically Incorrect Parenting Conversations to Have With Your Teen Over the Twilight Saga
David Horowitz's NewsRealBlog.com ^ | July 10, 2010 | Rhonda Robinson

Posted on 07/10/2010 5:29:41 PM PDT by Rhonda Robinson

Yes. I know it’s a vampire flick. Even worse-it’s a teen romance vampire flick. This information alone could induce some level of nausea.

As a general rule, I request that my teens stay clear of anything that smells of wickedness. So you can imagine my daughters’ initial surprise when I invited them to go see the first Twilight movie with me. When they discovered my ulterior motive, they weren’t surprised a bit, and they loved it.

Eclipse just came out last weekend. It is the third installment of the Twilight saga. In the traditions of J.R.R. Tolken and C.S. Lewis, Stephenie Meyer has managed to weave a great deal of truth within her tale of fantasy. One difference between Politically Incorrect Parenting and Politically Correct Parenting, is the former uses the culture to instruct children in truth, the later leaves them to be devoured by it.

One of the reasons it’s important to engage and discuss this cultural phenomenon, is because of its widespread draw to impressionable young girls, (and sadly, fantasy driven women). Herein lays the fork in the road for parents. What will you do?

The current pop-culture parenting trend of the politically correct, is to leave impressionable teens and tweens to be swept up in their emotions and desires–it’s even encouraged. It’s a little like throwing your kid into the middle of the stream without a life jacket, or rope to shore. Just a “go with it” shout of encouragement–most drown or make their own brand of life-raft, riddled with deadly flaws.

The other end of the spectrum are the parents that ignore and forbid it. The danger in this approach is they misjudge the pull of the forbidden, and our human nature.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Music/Entertainment; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: eclipse; inman; lds; mormon; parenting; twilight

1 posted on 07/10/2010 5:29:47 PM PDT by Rhonda Robinson
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To: Rhonda Robinson

What if your teens are like mine and have zero interest in seeing it?


2 posted on 07/10/2010 5:46:35 PM PDT by hometoroost (McCain is a Ron and Nancy Republican: Campaigns like Reagan, governs like Pelosi)
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To: Rhonda Robinson

That article is split into SIX pages —why?


3 posted on 07/10/2010 5:47:56 PM PDT by TokuMei
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To: Rhonda Robinson
You...you...you mean teach our children to discriminate against vampire-Americans?

The liberals and the ACLU will have conniption fits.


4 posted on 07/10/2010 5:51:38 PM PDT by FrankR ( If we don't stand up to tyranny, the tyrants win, and we're enslaved.)
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To: Rhonda Robinson

A Seaman Anoreth review of “Eclipse”:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2543181/posts?page=578#578

Read this, and you’ll never have to see the movie or read the book!


5 posted on 07/10/2010 5:53:59 PM PDT by Tax-chick (We made a proactive decision to postpone the originally scheduled nightlife activities.)
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To: hometoroost

Then you do what I do, and force them to go. :-)


6 posted on 07/10/2010 5:54:19 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: TokuMei

Each page counts as a unique hit, all the better to fool their advertisers? It’s the only reason I can think of, because it’s really, really annoying.


7 posted on 07/10/2010 5:54:25 PM PDT by Excellence ("A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it.")
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To: TokuMei

To generate more page views and more ad views?


8 posted on 07/10/2010 5:56:06 PM PDT by FreeperinRATcage (I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for every thing I do. - R. A. Heinlein)
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To: TokuMei

Because it is too long for a blog post. Each page has a video clip to illustrate my point for people that haven’t seen any of the movies.


9 posted on 07/10/2010 5:58:53 PM PDT by Rhonda Robinson
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To: hometoroost

That can be a good thing. Mine didn’t either. But I convinced them to go with me.


10 posted on 07/10/2010 5:59:56 PM PDT by Rhonda Robinson
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To: Rhonda Robinson

So this guy doesn’t want his kids to watch the movie so his answer is to make them watch the movie...where is the logic there? So if I don’t want my kids to watch porno flicks..should I take them to go see one...this is insanity. “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” The time to start training a child is not when they hit the tweens it starts in the cradle. Thankfully we have done that with our daughter...she has no desire to watch that crap.


11 posted on 07/10/2010 6:04:28 PM PDT by leenie312
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Only problem is I have no interest either. :-)


12 posted on 07/10/2010 6:05:08 PM PDT by hometoroost (McCain is a Ron and Nancy Republican: Campaigns like Reagan, governs like Pelosi)
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To: leenie312

I never said make them go. The whole porno thing is a stupid comparison. There is no sex in this movie, Very little violence. Less than most John Wayne movies.


13 posted on 07/10/2010 6:17:27 PM PDT by Rhonda Robinson
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To: Rhonda Robinson
For lots of reasons our family avoids anything with occult themes. Suffice it to say that past generations were involved in this sort of 'dark' stuff as a religion, and it's caused problems even extending into my own life.

When the first movie came out, my daughter was at her best friend's for the weekend and they took her to see it without asking me. I was livid - these people saw nothing wrong with this movie. "It's a sweet love story", her dad said. Please.

14 posted on 07/10/2010 6:18:52 PM PDT by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch ( T.G., global warming denier.)
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To: Rhonda Robinson

If my kids wanted to watch a John Wayne flick I would tell them to go ahead. If they asked if I wanted to know which one, at least I could say no, it doesn’t matter which one.


15 posted on 07/10/2010 6:26:43 PM PDT by kickonly88 (I love fossil fuel!)
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To: Rhonda Robinson

I saw the first two movies and plan on seeing the third. It’s a love story between Edward, an honorable vampire, and Bella, a human teenager.

No sex...
You can see it with your teens.


16 posted on 07/10/2010 7:34:18 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Rhonda Robinson

“The other end of the spectrum are the parents that ignore and forbid it. The danger in this approach is they misjudge the pull of the forbidden, and our human nature.”

That’s the quote the spawned the porno reference, I believe. If parents think something is completely inappropriate, they should forbid it, of course.

I personally would not forbid the Twilight movie that I saw. I saw it because my son bought it, because he saw it, and laughed throughout (making the theatre patrons mad), and then bought it and brought it home as a comedy. He thinks the acting and script are hysterically funny.

But, if a parent does believe “Twilight” should be forbidden, they should forbid it, hopefully using the occasion as a teachable moment as to what they think is appropriate, what is not, and why.


17 posted on 07/10/2010 7:37:42 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: Rhonda Robinson

So why do you object to the movie? Vampirism? To me that is just as bad as illicit and gratuitous sex on screen. If you don’t want them to see it..then don’t let them see it..seems hypocritical to me to not stand by your guns. I cannot see any logic to your argument at all. If your children are grounded in the truth from the get go... they know the difference between what is right and what is wrong. If they have a good moral standing and are taught to love God as the word says...and if they have been taught that vampires and things of the occult are not godly or things to play around with..then books/movies like Twilight and Harry Potter will not interest them.


18 posted on 07/10/2010 8:23:52 PM PDT by leenie312
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To: Rhonda Robinson

In the traditions of J.R.R. Tolken and C.S. Lewis, Stephenie Meyer has managed to weave a great deal of truth within her tale of fantasy?

No. Lewis and Toklien, especially, were authors. This Twilight girl is just trying to make some money telling a story with some kind of moral lesson included.


19 posted on 07/11/2010 7:31:57 AM PDT by flowerplough (Bammy: "People say, yeah, but unemployment's still at 9.6%. Yes, but it's not 12 or 13... or15.")
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To: flowerplough

Tolkien


20 posted on 07/11/2010 7:37:28 AM PDT by flowerplough (Bammy: "People say, yeah, but unemployment's still at 9.6%. Yes, but it's not 12 or 13... or15.")
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To: flowerplough

Actually, Stephanie Meyer is certainly an author. A best selling author. only time will tell if her work will endure.


21 posted on 07/11/2010 5:17:30 PM PDT by Rhonda Robinson
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To: Rhonda Robinson
A best selling author. only time will tell if her work will endure.

How far do you think she would get if she only published
a couple of paragraphs and then excerpted to the next book?

Not very. I would call her a pimp.. how about you?

22 posted on 07/17/2010 7:22:35 AM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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