Monthly Archives: March 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey

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Yes, I thought the books were awful, repetitious, silly and cluttered. I have no interest in the movie. I agree with everyone who is criticizing the book and the movie and pointing out the damage it can do to impressionable young girls. (I read extremely fast so I read it all)

That said, stuff like this, good, bad, or disgusting, is erotica / porn. Erotica / Porn does not belong on best seller lists, does not belong in the display window of Barnes and Noble, and does not belong in our neighborhood theatre.

I have nothing against erotica /porn, I know some consider it anti feminist, but I admit to liking some, especially when it is well written. Anne Rice has written some fun stuff and her Sleeping Beauty series is not only sexy, it plays with both men and women and is obviously fantasy. Some of her other erotica is pretty good also. I like much of the modern “naughty” vampire genre, also fun and also fantasy.

We should not have to be worrying about what our kids will think when / if they read / see Fifty Shades, because Fifty Shades should not be casually popularized.

I think the popularity of the books speaks to how “hung up” many couples are in the bedroom. If they were more uninhibited and playful they would have seen the book for what it was, poor writing, limited vocabulary, weak plot, ridiculous side story line and horrible, repetitious sex scenes.

I taught Health and Sex Education to Jr high students for 25 years and I know that they are already exposed to far too much sexuality. They misinterpret much of what they see and hear. They believe things about sex that are just not realistic and they have very skewed ideas of bedroom behavior, sounds, smells and the human body. A movie like this just adds to that confusion.

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I grew up without brothers and I was always extremely curious what a penis looked like. There was no internet, cable TV or naked men in Playboy. As a young adult I got my first look in person. Today, kids can satisfy their curiosity with a quick Google search, but unfortunately they can too easily go way beyond into areas they are not equipped to understand.

I am not in favor of censoring or banning books that are sexually explicit, I am in favor of keeping it where it belongs, and that is not on best seller lists or neighborhood billboards.

Live Theater

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I went to the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts to see a production of South Pacific. I was there with a few friends and we all enjoyed the show. South Pacific has great songs and in my opinion the male lead in that show is a hard role. The lead in this production was amazing. He had the strong operatic voice that the role calls for and was also handsome and a good actor. All of the cast did a great job.

There was a part in the play where the soldiers stood to sing the National Anthem. We in the audience quickly scrambled to our feet and sang along. I noticed that most of the (few) children in the audience did not sing, and I believe it is because thanks to common core, singing is not taught in the lower grades and today’s kids do not know the words to many American favorites including our National Anthem. That is a very sad thing and I hope parents will take action and demand that the schools reinstate singing.

I love live theater! It is so special. Rather than the scenery being realistic, the actors are real and that brings the stories to life in a way that gathers the audience to a shared experience.

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I have been attending live theater since I was a teenager. Two of my favorites from those days were the original production of “Tommy” and another show called “Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road”. My friend Marsha and I enjoyed both these shows so much that we scrambled for every penny to afford to go to each more than once.

As the years went by and I saw more theater I became even more enamored of this genre. “Into The Woods” is my all time favorite but “Wicked”, “Phantom”, “Joseph”, “The Adams Family”, “Young Frankenstein”, “Anything Goes” are all wonderful and that is barely scratching the surface. There are also many plays that are not musicals, and those are also great.

If you have never been to a play, give it a try, I think you will like it. And if you are a playgoer, take a friend who has never tried it. Theaters can’t stay in business without customers and live theater is an important part of civilization.

If you have never been to a play, give it a try, I think you will like it. And if you are a playgoer, take a friend who has never tried it. Theaters can’t stay in business without customers and live theater is an important part of civilization.