media has really twisted our physical ideals. that's not news to you, i'm sure but here's why i am writing this...back in the 90s, i adored Dharma and Greg. i especially adored Jenna Elfman as Dharma and remember thinking how tall and willowy she was. just the other day i was at the mama a-go-gos and in control of the television remote and noticed Dharma & Greg was on the TV so i clicked over and was surprised to see a Dharma that looked not as willowy as i remembered. it was the same old Dharma but my perspective had been skewed from all the thinner-than-thin ladies we see on television, in film and on magazine covers. what is wrong with us?
back in the 70s, 80s and 90s even, our teens on television looked like teens. they looked like kids. they were still soft and slightly baby-faced. the girls on Facts of Life would never be cast if the show was up for a redo. they even did an episode on eating disorders. On Growing Pains, Tracy Gold played teenager Carol and battled with anorexia and still had her character be the brunt of repeated fat jokes. Even at her thinnest on the show, she still does not compare with today's Gossip Girls and the like.
The original Beverly Hills, 90210 was revolutionary for its time. Teens playing teens and still looking a lot like teens and dealing with teen issues. Today's twisted version of the show is so upside down I can't tell if it is modeling today's kids or are they modeling it? The actors are too cut, too super hero looking, all thin and pointy-angular. I still believe kids and I mean to included young adults in the term as well, should be kid-like. They should look young and heart happy. They're kids, life shouldn't be so troubling and hard. My soon-to-be-fifteen-year-old niece had a FB when she was 13 and still managed to maintain a young heart, but spidering out to peek at her various friends' pages had me worried. I know much of it was bravado and most of those young people have no clue and I know teens experiment with all sorts of things but thirteen is too young. Fourteen is too young. I was a pretty "good" kid but still, my growing up began around the second half of my 15th year.
When the old boy-a-go-go (also known as danny boy) was 15 and began his young adulthood he still thought we a-go-gos were cooler than his mom so he shared stories with us and as much as I worried about his unbroken little heart and soul, I knew he needed to feel free and confident to do what his 15 year old self yearned to do. He's 23 now and still feeling out the world. Heck, I'm 42 and still feeling things out.
I don't know, I worry about who is shaping our culture. Pop culture used to be just that but now it seems it is the norm. It is an norm that has me worried. What ever happened to ABY NORMAL?