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re: Years ago, Dr. Phil said something comparable.
Posted by: ryhog 10:35 am EDT 08/25/19
In reply to: Years ago, Dr. Phil said something comparable. - Delvino 07:52 am EDT 08/25/19

There is a surprising (to me) dynamic at play here, centering on how and to what extent we have evolved.

On the one hand, we HAVE evolved, in the sense that, today, I do not think any responsible authority would seriously make the statement you attribute to Dr. Phil above. But on the other hand, we still sustain a culture in which what Spencer and her colleagues did at a major media outlet does not automatically blow a fuse. We are not talking about the learned attitudes of individual parents here; we are talking about the conveyed attitudes of powerful media that taints those parents and their children. These are attitudes that lead some kids to kill themselves, and others to live their lives as square pegs in round holes. Many of us have witnessed the evolution, and are not eager to see the genie forced back in the bottle for the current generation of kids. (And for anyone who thinks this is much ado about nothing, watch some of the Broadway dancers' youtube vids in reaction to what happened and get back to me.
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