P. A. K. S. A. (Parent Against Kids Seeking Amy)
In 1984, Madonna's "Like a Virgin" was banned from many a young girl's home, including my own. Even though none of my parochial school peers were quite sure what a virgin was (and if Jesus' mother was one, how could it be so bad?!) we got the message loud and clear. Virgin was not a word a word to be carelessly bandied about and it was definitely NOT something to be sung about if you if were wearing stacks of cool plastic bracelets had and a lace headband tied in your bleached and permed hair.
Nearly a quarter century later, today's children have been exposed to Janet's Jackson's nipple piercing, seen the crotches of some of their favorite female celebrities, and heard words in movies, television, songs and on the sidewalks of American that never,ever used to be uttered in public.
Society's acceptance of coarse language has even affected Britney Spears. In her blitzkrieg of Not-Crazy-Anymore! interviews, the singer and mother of two shared some of the vocabulary issues she's been having with her young sons.
"They're starting to learn words like 'stupid,' and Preston says the f-word now sometimes," Spears confided to Rolling Stone. "He must get it from his daddy. I say it, but not around my kids."
If your immediate reaction was to think what sort of loser would talk like that in front of a three year old, your not alone. I mean, it's KEVIN FEDERLINE, for goodness sake, the dude who left his pregnant first girlfried for Britney. He's not exactly a shining example of fatherhood at its finest.
Only here's the thing: Britney's new album contains a catchy little song with lyrics that at first glance make no sense whatsoever. However, when you hear the song it's clear that the lyrics are actually spelling out that same word she's upset HER kid is using.
Love me hate me
Say what you want about me
But all of the boys and all of the girls are beggin' to If You Seek Amy
Love me hate me
But can't you see what I see
All of the boys and all of the girls are beggin' to If You Seek Amy
It's an interesting parenting approach, wrapping up the forbidden word in a catchy tune so other kids can join Preston in his f-bombage.
It also makes me nostalgic for those days when songs were about being like a virgin.