Reading through Wonkette this holiday, I found this one post that was too good to bury the links on a holiday post. See, most conservatives feign love and heart for “Sesame Street” when demanding we cut PBS’s funding, but not Mark Steyn. He hates “Sesame Street”, because he feels it’s never too soon to teach kids that the world is a cruel place and you can’t trust anyone else, ever. He shared these feelings, and I missed them sadly, back in October:
Unlike Mitt, I loathe Sesame Street. It bears primary responsibility for what the Canadian blogger Binky calls the de-monsterization of childhood — the idea that there are no evil monsters out there at the edges of the map, just shaggy creatures who look a little funny and can sometimes be a bit grouchy about it because people prejudge them until they learn to celebrate diversity and help Cranky the Friendly Monster go recycling. That is not unrelated to the infantilization of our society.
The infantilization of infants is truly a terrible problem! Why, back in Mark’s day, kids were forced to sleep in brambles and were rewarded with good behavior with kicks to the teeth, to teach them life’s most important lesson, which is that life is cruel and harsh. It’s the easiest, quickest way to make sure your kids don’t have an ounce of kindness in their hearts. Ideally, by the time a child is 6 years old, he’s already set permanently on a path towards beating his wife if she doesn’t have dinner ready for him precisely when he arrives home, kicking puppies for their insufferable tendency to simper cutely, and being able to rant for hours on your right wing radio show about your extensive enemies list that includes everyone but angry old white guys and submissive wives.
To prevent his children from being sucked into the pussification of America, most recently seen in people weeping like weaklings over the Sandy Hook victims and this insufferable liberal practice of gift-giving at Christmas, Mark Steyn has a program:
Just kidding! I doubt Steyn does any of this. He can probably pontificate about the evils of teaching children basic concepts like kindness and friendship because, I suspect, his wife did all the actual child-rearing, and thus all the actual supplying of toys and TV shows that are actually appropriate for children. One of the many benefits of being a dudely conservative wanker is being able to pontificate ignorantly about what is good for kids, safe in the knowledge that you will never actually have to put any of your idiotic theories into practice, because you don’t actually do any raising of children yourself.