Should my kid be subjected to images of random violence on her way to school?
Momlogic's Momstrosity: When it comes to shielding my kid from the ugliness of the adult world, I've resigned myself to the fact that billboards using sex to sell everything from shoes to toasters riddle my town. But as a relatively new mom, I object to the sign pollution that employs blood and gore to sell its wares.
Driving my 3-year-old to school, a giant advert for the new season of the Showtime series "Dexter" (forensics analyst by day, serial killer by night) loomed in the distance. I realize the intent of the ad is supposed to be ambiguous. Is it blood or juice dripping over Dad and baby? But my kid wasn't confused.
Kid: Why is that man covered in blood?
Mom: It's not blood. It's juice from the baby's sippy cup.
Kid: No, mom, it's blood. Why is he covered with blood?!
The whole exchange gave me the creeps. I'd much rather explain why semi-naked models are draped over a pedestal sink in a home improvement ad than try to explain murder. My kid, at least for now, only watches family-friendly television. Why should she be subjected to the frightening world of TV drama on her way to school?