Monday, February 11, 2013

A Good Movie and Also, Profanity

Over the weekend our little family of four that was here went to see a movie we have been waiting to go see for months.  It has been out for months but we wanted to see it in our recently renovated, beautiful, local theater TOGETHER.  

It was the last week it was showing here and our 20 year old was home for the weekend so we went on Friday night.  

We saw "Lincoln" and it was very good.  It focuses mostly on the fight to get the 13th Amendment to the Constitution  passed to assure that slaves would be freed forever.  The  cinematography is gorgeous, the costumes are so perfect and the make up was so real.  I felt like I was actually watching my beloved Lincoln and not Daniel Day Lewis.  The men all looked like they hadn't washed their hair for weeks and the beards and sideburns were fantastically realistic.

The story only focused on that main theme and even handled Lincoln's death in a way that was unexpected but was a nice change from seeing it reenacted once again.

It is rated PG-13 which I assumed was for the battle scenes which were not that many, but, graphic nonetheless.  But then they threw in about 2 or 3 uses of profanity that were seemingly out of context for the period.  My 20 year old even leaned over to me during the movie and said something like "I didn't think they even used that word back then."  

I've been wanting to write a blog about profanity for some time but it never really presented itself as a fun topic for blogging.  

But this opens the door.

Is it just me or has profanity become so much more acceptable and common than it was when I was a kid?  And I didn't exactly grow up in the 1940s.  No I did not.

I honestly don't think I heard ANYONE use profanity in public as a child.  If I did I don't remember it.  And sure, some of the boys in the upper grade school years probably used some around me but, hello--junior high boys.  But not adults.

It wasn't until I was in high school that people that I associated with used profanity and even then they had respect for me and tried not to use it around me or apologized when they did.  And then I had some high school teachers who used it in the classroom which I found so hard to respect.  

Yes, I grew up in a Christian home where we didn't even say gosh or darn.  So I was pretty sheltered.  But isn't that a beautiful thing?  

People used to have some respect for women, if nothing else, and would filter their language when necessary.  I can remember sitting near one of my children's classmates parents at a ballgame when my youngest was little and having to move because the filth coming out of his mouth was so offensive to me.  In public.  

No wonder that in today's movies, television, and just everyday life (as well as online social media) we cannot help but be surrounded by profanity.  It doesn't progress the story in a wonderful way in movies and it doesn't progress us as humans in a cultured society.  

But I guess I'm just an old fashioned prude.


  1. I don't think it's wrong to be old fashioned in this sense, Linda! I struggle with profanity (although I'm much much better - thanks to God - than I was probably even a year ago, always progress) because it was used so loosely growing up. Now it strikes a nerve with me where I notice it because the Holy Spirit convicts me, but growing up it was just part of the language. I didn't grow up in a Christian home, nor would I say a Christian community (although the facade is there). It makes me sad the world my children are growing up in. We were even watching a children's movie, which I knew had some innuendos that would go over their heads, but I wasn't aware (I hadn't seen this movie in years) of the curse words just outright spoken during the movie. Weird!

  2. We used to try to keep our children innocent and pure of heart. I miss those days.