April 20th, 2014

Snarky Candiru2

The Domino Theory of Parenting.

The interesting thing about watching Val Stone scurry around from one fake crisis to another is that her clear need to make a catastrophe out of everything does far more harm than good because it's predicated on a limiting and silly premise. While it is a good idea to worry about how media imagery is subtly reinforcing destructive gender stereotypes and how perhaps poor grades might hamper her children later on, the cure Val prescribes for jumping off the slippery slope is to fear and hate the idea that Holly have any sort of access to the world that isn't her mother. Unlike Elly and John who fear that April's exposure to outside information will lead her to disgrace her parents because that's just what kids do when exposed to things, they automatically make the worst choices, Val's need to hide Holly in a bubble seems to come from a need to protect her from a world of monsters who want to destroy and exploit her. This would almost be ridiculous if it weren't so tragically misguided.

Then again, Val is sort of headstrong so it's not as if telling her that universities are looking for someone with a more rounded life than she allows Holly to experience. As it stands now, Holly is so safe from the outside world that she has no friends that I'm aware of, no outside interests to intrigue an admissions officer, no hobbies at which she can excel and no idea that there's a world of choices aside from 'stay at home mom', 'rich retiree', 'cop' or 'office worker.' What this means is that Val has indeed saved Holly....from having a life that isn't a bland copy of the existence of a frizzy-haired drone who won't know when she actually dies because she hasn't lived since her husband passed on.