Is This What 17 Year Olds Need to be Taught Again and Again and Again…?

This is crossposted from Amplify!

17-again117 Again has been hailed as “a big deal” and a “nice movie” , primarily becase it stands as ” openly and sincerely in favor of teenage abstinence.” I’m all for Hollywood bringing light to the consequences of unprotected sex, however, when you lump all unmarried sex, even safe sex, into that “dangerous” category… that’s where you lose me.  The framework in which 17 Again’s message is presented in is anything but ideal, as the consequences for irresponsible sex are simply portrayed as the consequences for teenage sex period, making this movie a simple mouthpiece of the abstinence movement – a movie that won’t have much of an impact on changing teenager’s hearts and minds, or keeping them safe.

The basic premise is as such: Mike O’Donnell got his teenage girlfriend pregnant when they were just 17 (a fate that could have been avoided with just the use of a condom but, of course, this movie fails to mention that)  and must give up on his dreams of becoming a basketball star as a result, even though there obviously were other options open to the couple (adoption, abortion…) Through  some weird twist of events he ends up 17 again, just in time to attend his kid’s high school, awkwardly bond with them, and then “learn his lesson” in time to reconcile with the wife he had been neglecting as a result of his dissatisfaction with the way life turned out.

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“Tortured” by Privilege

“First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.”

-Martin Niemoeller

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torture_ta_060917-704648This article on RS Redstate promoting the “interrogation techniques” used by the Bush-era CIA absolutely disgusts me.

“Time for You All to Stop Thinking of Torture in the Abstract” begins by describing the “torture” that its author went though; being forced to submerge himself in water for long stretches of time, having weights pressed down on his chest, being forced to suspend himself from a metal bar… only to reveal at the end of the article that these are all things he endured as a part of swimming training rather than within some sort of prison situation (pool exercises, weight lifting, pull ups). Apparently this is supposed to justify the water-boarding and other torturous techniques used by our own government in order to collect information.

Okay, okay. I have just one question for the author of this piece of “journalism” (and others who support this line of thinking): how blinded by privilege can you be?

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