December 17, 2006

Mouths of Babes

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Rants,Youth Rights — Katrina @ 11:12 pm

Anyone else sick of this shit?

“The strangest things come out of the mouths of babes!”

The standard chauvinistic adult remark at some off the wall comment a kid makes. The basis of that stupid ass show “Kids Say the Darndest Things”. Yes, let’s not treat children like they are communicating. Let’s just laugh at them and their little naivete. Not like they’re people.

Isn’t that the root of the problem with youth rights, though? It doesn’t as much come down to actively wanting to harm children as it is not considering anything about children to be important. Kids are resilient, we are told ad nauseum. Doesn’t matter what you do to them. They can handle it.

While, yes, children kick ass at handling very bad things happening, it is NO reason to treat them as less than human.

Oh, why do I bother? I’m preaching to the choir anyway, and those of you who don’t realize this already probably never will. I mention this, and you might try to wrap your screwed up mind around the concept, but you’ll just go home and take the door off your teenage daughter’s bedroom just to piss her off. Nevermind the severe violation of privacy she’s done nothing to deserve. Unless you think her “spending too much time in her room” to be something wrong and deserving of it. Who cares? She’s just a child. Nothing matters.

Of course, let’s mention the common youth rights issue of the “tried as an adult” double standard. Kids are kids until they kill someone, then they are adults and are punished accordingly. See what happens? It’s all fun and trivial and just kids’ stuff until an adult or a kid belonging to an adult is killed.

But when no adults are harmed, kids are unimportant. Nothing about them is serious unless life threatening or expensive. And good luck ever pointing this out to the billions who feel this way. They just won’t get it.

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