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 Posted:   Sep 26, 2013 - 1:15 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

And here I was expecting "The Brady Bunch"... I've only seen one episode ever, and that was this morn'n.

 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2013 - 2:24 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

In the 1950s, it was natural and funny when boys disliked girls who liked them --- at the Beaver's age, that is. Little girls developed grade school crushes on boys and the boys got a lot of teasing/hazing from their peers when they found out.

The shows were reflecting attitudes a young boy with an older brother might have. No harm meant, no foul intended.

We are now WAY TOO P.C., IMO.

 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2013 - 2:36 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

In the 1950s, it was natural and funny when boys disliked girls who liked them --- at the Beaver's age, that is. Little girls developed grade school crushes on boys and the boys got a lot of teasing/hazing from their peers when they found out.

The shows were reflecting attitudes a young boy with an older brother might have. No harm meant, no foul intended.

We are now WAY TOO P.C., IMO.


I understand the fact, at that time and at that age, a young boy would think girls were "icky". And while she was polite maybe he thought she was bothersome. But that doesn't excuse using the girl for his own selfish reasons, and not getting punished for his behavior. I can't imagine that was proper etiquette even back then. I don't get the too P.C. argument. But it is what it is.

 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2013 - 2:43 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Re: I just happened to catch an episode of Leave It To Beaver. It's not a show I watched when I was younger.

In this episode a new girl at school was attracted to Beaver. She was referred as a creepy goon by other classmates including the Beaver. This new girl liked Beaver and asked if they could walk together to class and have lunch. Beaver turned her down rather rudely. The new girl was neither creepy or a goon. She was attractive, sweet and friendly.
[And so forth]

This was wholesome family entertainment in the 50's? WTF?!

Wow! I did watch that show as a child, with the cute Wally and The Beave, with the latter repeatedly doing stupid things to get both of them into trouble, with his older brother sometimes bailing him out, as big brothers are wont to do.

But I'm horrified that that sort of clearly misogynistic thing would be broadcast, back when probably three-quarters of American TVs were tuned to it. And I'm embarrassed to have been a fan of the show. Of course things were different back then, when you could get away with belittling girls and sometimes minorities. Let's hope we never return to such a foolish and mean-spirited time. Wanna bet that most of the writers were men?

 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2013 - 3:30 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

The thing about it is, little girls expected little boys to be put off by their crushes. It made them even cuter because they knew that the comments -- like "goon" -- weren't really meant. It was a fantasy world where children's taunts and teases were good-natured and reflected what "ought to be" rather than the ugliness encountered in real llife.

I'm not excusing it; just 'splainin' it!

 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2013 - 4:00 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

Never watched the show and while a) it would seem unfair to judge it based on one episode and b) boys feel a particular way about girls at a young age, I can only say this:

She gets him out of trouble and he still bad-mouths her?

What an asshole.

 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2013 - 5:02 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Well, children don't reason like experienced adults. As one comedian put it:
"Well, the way I look at it, you know, the way to treat kids is to treat them with respect. I think of them as tiny adults who are stupid."

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2013 - 5:06 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I remember seeing a few episodes. The only unwholesome or criminal thing I saw was June Cleaver vacuuming, dusting, and cooking in a dress, earrings, pearls and heels. Egads!!

 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2013 - 6:29 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

This may be the strangest thread I've ever read on these boards; and, that's a lot of threads.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2013 - 7:08 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I liked the show and by the end of the show good old dad nearly always taught the kids a moral lesson about the wrongs one does in life. A lesson not only for kids but for adults as well.I always felt that being over explicit is just as corny as being under explicit , it can be the ends of the same means of creating a world that does not exist.By the way I will just like to mention I know a bunch of married people who sleep in separate beds and they are not mad at each other.

 
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