I know it’s been awhile, but I’ve been busy, hopefully I’ll find the motivation to start posting more frequently. Moving on…
I know I’ve mentioned Awkward several times within my blog posts, and how much I enjoy it. I think I would call it my guilty pleasure show. It is wildly inappropriate and is kind of disturbing, so why, when I have children, would I want them to watch it? Well, I think it has some pretty good lessons in there. I should also clarify that when I say “kids”, I am talking about young adults. Watch out for spoilers!
Lessons I found in Awkward:
1. Friends with benefits will almost always result in someone getting hurt. When Matty and Jenna decide to be “friends with benefits” (awful term, but whatever), Jenna wants more than just the benefits, while Matty just wants the physical benefits. For those of you who don’t watch the show, Matty had just found out that he’s adopted and he kind of blew up on Jenna when she was thinking that he was ignoring her like he did their sophomore (I think) year, so he’s kinda crazy at the moment. Jenna wants more emotional intimacy and to talk to Matty about how he’s feeling, and when she tells him that, he says he just wants to get physical, resulting in her telling him she can’t handle that, so it’s not gonna happen. Great moment of self-respect there! Yeah, she was really crappy about it when she was dating Collin, but it just goes to show, that it can be gained or grown, or whatever term you want to use.
2. You can’t always stay friends after you break up. There’s really nothing to explain here, as I just went on a diatribe about how that didn’t work for Jenna and Matty.
3. Don’t have sex with your boyfriend in high school, even though you think you’re in love. Jenna suffered from losing her virginity to Matty in a closet, which is nasty and not appropriate, so some censorship would have to be implemented. Tamara is the one who really suffered though, and is now going crazy because she and Jake broke up. She’s kind of intense about the whole situation, so much so that she invented a fake person, complete with fake social media and phone, and is now creeping on him through that. Huge no-no going on here. I cannot say that’s because she lost her virginity to him, but I think there could be certain amount of obsession when a guy is your first.
4. IT IS NOT ALL ABOUT YOU! Jenna learns this the hard way when she’s going Collin-crazy and destroying all her friendships, then when she’s mended those friendships, she learns it again when she assumes Matty is avoiding her because he’s ashamed of her, yay, we get to go back to that soap-opera. I think this is a lesson that everyone needs to learn and needs to be reminded of, because overall, we as humans, are pretty selfish creatures.
5. Stick by your friends. When Jenna is hostile towards the new girl, whose name I cannot remember for the life of me, because New Girl was at Matty’s house when Jenna went to talk, she eventually realizes that she’s not the enemy. New Girl and Jenna talk it out and she comes to realize that she’s putting her problems onto someone else.
6. Taking down the “sophomore sluts” isn’t going to solve anything. I think Jenna’s dad is one of the wisest characters in this show, though not all the time. I think this is a good lesson to us all, that in general, that isn’t the solution, we all have those unsavory characters in our lives, but that doesn’t mean we have to destroy them to make our problems go away, though we do like to think that don’t we? While I did just say that it’s not all about you, in this case, you need to focus on you, because you control you; they don’t.
7. Just be nice to people. You don’t know what they’re going through and you don’t want to make things worse. Jenna created A LOT of issues with a lot of people when she was having her mental lapse, and she was really mean about it. It’s important to be nice to those around you, even when they’re not very nice to you.
I think that’s all for now. Yes, I do sound like a teenage girl at the moment, but whatever, I enjoy the show and I think there are a lot of things to learn, even though it’s fictional (as far as I know). If I ever do actually have my children watch this as they’re nearing high school, it will be with supervision and we will talk about it afterwards so that they realize much of what is seen is not a good path to follow. Also, half of what goes on in that fictional high school would be so against normal high school rules.
Thanks for reading!
P.S. I don’t care if I’m about to graduate college, I still like playing with laser pointers.