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Fifty Shades: One Good Deed

"Fifty Shades of Grey" buttons, some misspelled.

Image via Flickr.

It’s badly-written, especially considering all the hype. The sex isn’t very sexy. It idealizes virginity in a really unhealthy way. It stereotypes BDSM role-players as depraved and broken people. The characters are flat and wooden. The dialogue sucks.

There’s a lot I find wrong with Fifty Shades of Grey (some of which I covered in a prior post, if you’re interested).

But I spent some time the other day thinking about whether Fifty Shades of Grey got anything right. I mean, nothing that poorly-written deserved to be published, much less become the summer’s blockbuster read and get a movie deal, but isn’t there anything that makes its popularity more significant than just a tragic waste of ink and e-book memory?

And I found it: the one good thing about Fifty Shades.


Why TV Doesn’t Teach

They're here! DVDs and television programming for infants.

Image courtesy of Hello Beautiful. (Click the pics throughout this post for more on how TV exposure affects early childhood learning.)

Friends of mine know that DVDs for infants are a real hot-button for me. Baby Einstein and Brainy Baby are the most notable examples, but I’m opposed to any DVD that claims it will aid infant development. That includes Galloping Minds, Baby Bumblebee, Your Baby Can Read, and a host of other DVDs marketed to infants with a claim that a DVD learning program can give your child a developmental edge.

Let me repeat that: the brand of baby DVD makes no difference. All DVDs will harm baby more than help. A DVD cannot give your child an intellectual edge.


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