Since commercial numero uno of Super Bowl 47 I can’t seem to shake a weird mix of curiosity and confusion. I’m pretty open-minded when it comes to most things but still, I was really surprised by how sexualized some of last night’s commercials were. And while half of me was cheering on a non-lip syncing Beyonce from my couch I also sort of felt like I was at the Gentlemen’s Gold Club on Route 40.
Was everything this racy (to sound about 50 years my senior) when I was watching the game at 7 or 8 years old? What do parents of kids and teens do now when long and awkwardly graphic kissing comes on, because I had to bury myself in the couch cushion and not come out for about five minutes. What’s the conversation around this? I thought I knew but last night makes me feel like a complete prude.
Is this just me? Does it matter anymore or are we totally numb to a half-naked Beyonce? Do we no longer believe this influences us? That since “body image” and “sexualization” have become such hottopics we no longer take what we’re seeing seriously?
If this is bothering us, what are we doing about it? How are we talking to/acting with our children? How are we reinforcing value outside of physicality? And how are we as adults being influenced by this?
Please read, comment, and pass the questions on. I am really wanting to learn more about what this conversation sounds like.