I mentioned on Twitter a few hours ago that I can’t rely on movie ratings anymore, because I don’t really mind violence in movies, but I want to avoid sexual content. The response was, “that doesn’t seem backwards to you?”
There were two parts to the question; I answered the first half by linking to the post I wrote in January about how I think movie rati樂威壯
ngs aren’t granular enough. However, I didn’t answer the second half of his question: doesn’t it seem backward that I mind sex but not violence? After all, as he pointed out elsewhere in that twitter conversation:
Most of my sexual memories are fond ones. None of my violent memories are. That should be the ideal.
I almost replied with “well it’s because of my religion”, but the more I thought about it the less I liked that answer. I don’t know if it’s because I felt like it dismissed the question, or because I felt like it wasn’t a real reason (or not enough of a reason). I ended up writing the following post as a way to explore my own thoughts on the subject, and figure how to articulate why I feel the way I do.
I want to mention up front that I don’t think anyone else is wrong for feeling different than me; I’m just exploring my own mind here.