I actually wasn’t ever alive when Donna Reed was on TV for reals, but I remember watching the show on Nick at Nite or some other channel that played reruns.
You know what I miss? The fact that she wore a dress everyday and vacuumed in heels? No. The way she walked around her kitchen in a really cute apron pouring coffee for her pediatrician husband as he read the paper? No. Her perfectly groomed teenage children that were perfectly perfect? No.
What I miss is the innocence of Donna Reed.
I don’t know exactly when it started, but as a society we’ve enjoyed shocking each other.
Maybe Madonna started it. Yes, let’s blame Madonna and her pointy bras. Madonna started it, I’m sure of it.
Regardless of how it started, our culture has spiraled out of control.
It was so in my face the other day as I was watching Dancing with the Stars, which is supposed to be a family television program… right? It was the show where they kick someone off, so they had a group of dancers to fill the time and the dance was so, so, so, so sexy. And I don’t think I’m a prude (well, maybe I’m a prude. But I’d rather be a prude than a hussy.) But I was watching the show while the boys were in the other room playing video games and I thought, “Good thing the boys are in the other room, because this is so inappropriate for them.”
Seriously, was it Madonna?
When did this all start? How did it get so out of control? Sex is everywhere. Television shows, movies (even “children’s movies”… hello, did anyone see Hop with the playboy bunnies???), commercials, magazine covers at the grocery store, advertisements in store windows at the mall.
And why do we all turn a blind eye to it? We used to be shocked. The shock value is gone.
I get it that in the days of Donna Reed there were a lot of things that went unspoken that probably should have been spoken about… between a mother and daughter, or a father and son… but not on a national television show. We have taken the sacredness of a covenant relationship and completely trashed it. And that is sad.
Not only sad, but scary.
What is our world going to be like 50 years from now? WIll it be acceptable to have sex in the park next to the playground? I know that sounds like a stretch, but I bet Donna Reed never thought the things we watch without batting an eye would ever air on television.
I miss you, Donna.
What do you think? How did this all start? When did it get so out of control? And is there any way to stop it? Or do you think I’m just a big prude?