I’m not into human experimentation when it involves drugs and stuff, okay? Let’s just get that out into the open before you read this.
I’m a big fan of this blog called Sociological Images. All kinds of stuff is discussed on there, and since I have an
obsession tendency with analyzing media, particularly that which is blared at girls/kids, I was drawn to this particular post about gift giving. Basically, Jimmy Kimmel asked his viewers to give their children gifts they knew would not be well received (aka, that they would totally hate), and film the kids opening them. The intent, I’m sure, was to see kids freaking out, maybe pitching a few fits, and to laugh at their crazy reactions. The blog author focuses on what constitutes an inappropriate gift – it’s either something that I would consider trash (a black banana, half-eaten sandwich, or juice bottle that just has a little left) or “the gift is considered bad because the recipient is a boy and the gift is for a girl” (Wade). This was particularly interesting, since the boys mostly showed disgust, cried, or otherwise made fun of the gift. Mostly, the kids were at best very disappointed and at worst completely pitched a fit.
After reading this blog post and watching the video, I just kept thinking about why the kids were so upset. I mean, I would definitely not be happy if someone gave me something that was clearly trash (who wouldn’t think they were being pranked?), but a lot of these kids were totally rude if the gift was something they just didn’t want, like a stapler. A parent admitted it, saying, “Jimmy Kimmel told me to do it,” to which this 8-or 9-year-old boy said, “Well tell him to suck my balls.” Seriously. The kid said that, the parent still filmed & submitted the tape. The issue switched over to materialism, the culture of deserving things, and parenting for me, so I just had to know – what would Hazel do if I did this to her? After lots of thought, I decided her gift would be a package of dish sponges, clearly opened. This isn’t trash, it’s not gender inappropriate (because there’s no such thing in our house), but it’s definitely not something she would identify as a toy. Here’s the video:
I love my daughter.