Tuesday, May 3, 2011

X is for X-rated

Everyone keep your shirts on (or not).  I know that after Vajazzling you just don't know what to expect from me any more.  As much as I'd like to make it so, this post is not about porn. Apologies to any porn aficionados out there.  

X-rated, huh?  What makes a movie X-rated?  Well graphic sex, obviously.  These are things that children should not see.  That makes sense.  So why is sex the only content that is banned and controlled in this manner?  I can think of plenty of R rated movies that in my opinion should be x-rated just for the violence content as well as the blood and gore factor.  Many of the slasher movie remakes they are doing, and not to name drop but most if not all of Quentin Tarantinos films really shouldn't be viewed by children any more than graphic sex. 

Don't get me wrong, I am a strong supporter of the first amendment and would no more support movie restrictions than I would book banning.  I as a parent have control over what I let my kids watch.  But don't you sometimes wonder - if the whole of society is going to hell in a handbag, might it have something to do with the violent images widely available for young consumption?  

At least with x-rated movies there is usually a happy ending.  I know when I get to the end of sex with Darling Husband I'm happy.  Aren't most people after they achieve orgasm either with a partner or alone (hence the purpose of x-rated movies) happy?  

Tell me the last time you felt 'happy' after watching a violent or bloody film.  You can walk away thinking it was a good movie, but were you happy?  Really?


  1. My mom used to always talk about that when I was a kid. She's rather we watched movies with naked people running around that all kinds of violence. She didn't mean porn. She's never watch that but any R rated nakedness.
    I don't really watch a lot of violent movies. Honeyman thinks that they are awesome so I have seen more than I really want to. Never do make me happy.

  2. The definition of happy ending depends on who you ask. I mean for the man it is, but how many women like taking a money shot to the eyes? No too many I am sure.

  3. ...and now I want a happy ending... $50 at the massage parlor down the street and I'm good. (kidding, never done that, and not interested)

    I'm with you. Ultraviolence should receive a higher rating than R. Maybe make a V rating?

    But, even sex is overblown in some ways today. Remember the PG movies of the 60's and 70's had nudity galore, but it was not a big deal. Now, if a movie like Airplane! was released, it would get an R rating just for having a 2-second "here's some boobs" scene...

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  5. I agree. Kids today see too many violent movies. This holds equally true for violent video games (I'm a gamer myself so it's not like I'm one of those anti-gaming bashers).

    I just think it's the responsibility of parents to exercise some control where what their children are exposed to.

  6. i don't believe that violence in movies or video games really makes kids more violent. by the time they're like 9 or 10, they know the difference between 'movies' and 'games' and 'real life'. i think that violence in the MEDIA is a much bigger problem.

    having said that, i'm against just about any form of censorship and feel that the responsibility of what kids watch is COMPLETELY up to the kid's parent/guardian. i know you can't be with your kid monitoring them at all times, but if you have a good relationship with your kid, they will know what you approve of and what you do not. if you don't let your kids watch r-rated movies, they will still watch them behind your back BUT they will know there is a reason you don't want them watching them.

    does that make sense? i've eaten some shanghai beef and tarzipan so i might be rambling.

  7. Violence in movies has definitely become common place and how that is deemed acceptable when normal sex isn't seems rather odd. Having a society filled with people who are sexually repressed and feel that a nude body is bad, combined with minds filled with years of violent images certainly helps to explain a lot about what is currently wrong with the world. Perhaps it is time to reconsider the movie rating system.

  8. I'm a big zombie film buff... so maybe I'll stay out of this one :)

  9. I think the last violent film I watched was "Taken" and I could hardly breath straight thanks to my high levels of adrenalin.
    Happy? Hell no. In need of a cup of tea/something? Hell yes.
    And I firmly believe there is a correlation between the abundent violence in movies and computer games and the marked increase in bullying in the schools.But maybe that speaks more to the digital addiction than the actual content.

  10. I couldn't even get past the opening credits for Eraserhead; it scared the sh*t out of me; then again, reading the Fontana ghost stories as a kid gave me the heebeegeebees.

    Don't worry, be happy.

  11. We await your y and z with baited breath!
    Pop over to my space sometime...there's a little something for you to collect :)

  12. I don't know, all I know is that I want to go watch a porno now.


  13. Bahaha, nice picture at the top.

    I think X-rated films are basically equivalent to porn. Except that unlike porn, you watch it in a cinema where you have to find ways to disguise your erection from the public.

    I can handle most of the risque movies, but the gore just freaks me out.

  14. Dropping by to say hi. Been a while since you've blogged. Are you okay? :(

    Can Alex save Winter from the darkness that hunts her?
    YA Paranormal Romance, Darkspell coming fall of 2011!