All tarted up
Read Write Web points out that “the most viewed video on You Tube this year was Avril Lavigne’s ‘Girlfriend’ an examination of predatory female adolescent heterosexuality.” It’s had nearly 67 million views.
It put me in mind of Elizabeth Kantor’s reading of Jane Austen: Isn’t there a father somewhere in this story who will come home from the office or out of his study to tell the little tart to quiet down and control herself?
We all know young girls who’ve been spoiled, succumbing to the princess syndrome, where they imagine all the world exists for them.
Avril mixes it up with street values and turns it into the moment’s successful art form:
Don’t pretend I think you know I’m damn precious
And hell yeah I’m the motherf**kin’ princess
That such a tune would be so successful today doesn’t surprise. The boy in the video is even dopier than Avril and quite a fool.
Teachers could talk more than they do about the idea of being useful. An unbalanced belief in “student-centered” teaching doesn’t help some adolescents overcome the natural narcissism of their age. They (as well as those around them) are likely to be happier if they learn to be good members of their families, good friends, good team members and good citizens.