We don’t have satellite TV at our house, but we do have “farmer’s cable” meaning our channels are limited to a small selection including infomercials. Between the Snackeez, Pillow Pets, and everything else in between, my kids love to try and convince me of how desperately I need, or should I say, they long to have, these half practical and half ridiculous items. After a few reminders of why not to always buy things on TV, they seem to let the issue go until of course, the next big desire comes along.
I am not much of a TV watcher myself but as a parent, I make sure to keep a keen eye on what is available for my kids to view both the good and the bad. Lately my observations have been focused in on the media’s forced perspective of both teenage boys and men. I was a little distraught at the amount of shows that represent men in such a negative light.
Words such as weak, inferior, stupid, idiotic, and dumb all describe the kind of man that is becoming a repeated character in several television shows. In addition to being shown as inferior, most of the men were made to appear clueless, some type of sex or sports maniac, or they were shown as incapable to think for themselves.
Since when did society decimate a man’s character in such a way that leaves them trying to figure out just what a man should look like?
Our Western culture has gone to both of the polar extremes (“Don’t cry, be a man” vs “Oh, you look so handsome in pink.”) in order to define the characteristics of being a man.
Why are we allowing men to figure out who they are based upon what the media declares and what society implies? Instead of taking man’s word we need to be digging into God’s word, the one who created man in the first place.
God has called men to be leaders (Joshua 1: 1-18), voices of courage (1Samuel 17:45-47), providers and protectors, (Genesis 2:24), humble and above all else, a servant to the King of Kings (Joshua 24:14-15).
As a mom of two boys, I want to be sure that the perspective my boys have of themselves is modeled after the One who created them and not something “As seen on TV”.
Imagine what our young men, husbands, and fathers would be like if they lived life like Joshua, David, Peter, Paul, or any other true man of God. I am guessing that there would be a lot less violence, fatherless kids, and fewer grown men living at home with their parents.
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Well put. I remember when boys fantasized about being knights in shining armor; not what they would look like in mom’s pink dress. Society has definitely changed what men think of themselves or what is socially okay. Still not exactly sure what a pillow pet is or a Snackeez, but they sound horrendous. Thanks for sharing this. God bless.
So true. I rarely watch television but tuned in today to catch a Christmas special. When it went to break, there was a promo for one of their current shows. The guy was portrayed exactly as you described – a crude, debaucherous slug. What came out of his mouth in front of my two small children was unexpected Christmas morning during a “kid’s movie,” prompting a swift contact on my part to the network. This is so prevalent today, as you mentioned.