Reality Television is Rotting Our Brains (Sorry, Mona)
I reach for the popcorn and sip the tea along with everyone else when these shows are aired, but who can deny that “ratchet reality TV” has skewed the way we see real life? Men like Stevie J (shudder) and Peter Gunz (double shudder) show us that women are more and more willing to accept the foolishness and f*ckery that men come at us with. Whether it’s low self-esteem or we’re just scared of being alone, it’s not looking good. It sometimes seems as though the higher the ratings for “Love & Hip Hop” rise, the lower our morals and standards plummet. This series and others like it have made it commonplace for things like cheating, fist-fighting over a man and other forms of disrespect to be accepted, and, unfortunately, in a lot of cases, expected. We’ve all heard, “All men cheat,” or “Imma fight for mines.” But what are you really fighting for? A man who is going to lie, cheat and mistreat you whenever possible? But for why? Ladies, get it together.
You know what our parents did (not saying all, mind you; I know low self-esteem existed back then, too.)? They left! If they weren’t getting what they needed out of the relationship they were in, they peaced out and didn’t look back. But then again, they didn’t have shows telling them that disgusting behavior was acceptable as par for the course either. Crazy times we live in.
What it’s hopeful that you’re parents did do, though, is instill in you a good sense of self-worth and self-respect. Sometimes it feel as though those are some of the only weapons we have against the force-feeding of inappropriate behavior that we’re faced with every day. If you can maintain and know to expect the best, you might succeed in this world full of smartphones and sometimes-stupid expectations.