Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Maybe I should be careful what I watch on TV

I'm a big fan of Law & Order: SVU. Mostly because of that sexy Chris Meloni and the always entertaining Ice-T (remember when he was just a renegade rapper?). I've seen just about every episode. Last night I was watching the show on my TV in the kitchen while I made dinner. MiniMe was chatting with me and watching it too. Which, considering the nature of the show (sex crimes) has led to many delicate discussions over the years.

Ok, here's where all the really good parents out there are horrified, right? How can I let my daughter watch a show about solving sex crimes?!?  Well, I'm a slacker mom and I don't believe in sheltering her from the big bad world. Plus, not letting her watch it would mean I couldn't watch it. And, well, um. Anyway, back to my story.

One of the characters on the show last night was a prostitute. MiniMe says "That would have to be the worst job to have. I would never want that job."

What job, I ask. Being a police detective?

"No, being a hooker! That's a terrible job because you have to get in cars with strange people."

(And that's not all I think to myself). So I say, "Yes, well I don't think anyone grows up and aspires to be a hooker. It's not the kind of job most people pursue willingly."

I think it's really cute how she referred to being a prostitute as a 'job.' Like it's in the same league as being a school teacher or an electrician or a nurse or something. Guess I never thought about prostitution as a vocation. I mean it's "doing a job" but not a career. Are you with me on this?

Made me think about all those reality-type shows based on people's jobs. Deadliest Catch. Ice Road Truckers. Animal Cops.  Hmmm, maybe it could be featured on that show Dirty Jobs or one of those ridiculous Real Housewives shows.

5 comments:

Sayre said...

I don't watch those shows, but we let my son watch "Baggage" and "Newlywed Game". Those also lead to some interesting conversations and we actually use them to start them. My son has asked me questions like: Mom? What's doing hard time? And what does it mean when you've just gotten out of a three year lesbian relationship?

And then we answer the questions calmly and rationally and correctly. And he doesn't feel weird about it.

I'm sure that when people tout "educational programming" that's not exactly what they had in mind...

Native Mom said...

Sayre you are a brave woman!

Anonymous said...

As Norm McDonald once said, "Worst job in the world? .. Crack Whore Trainee!"

Jennifer said...

So I follow you on twitter now I've read my first blog...I'm hooked. And by the way you are my kind of mom. I don't miss episodes of my favorite shows just because I'm afraid my 7 or 4 year old might ask questions. It does lead to some very interesting topics but my life if full of those. Keep up the great work and I can't wait to read more...

Native Mom said...

Thanks Jennifer! Stop by anytime . . . reading the blog is guaranteed to make you feel better about your own skills as a mother.