The new season of Liv & Maddie is out on Netflix and it’s delightfully meta. The Kid has been insisting on watching about 6 episodes per night, which means we’re charging through this season, and will be back to having nothing to watch by tomorrow.
Though watching Season 4 of Glee has reminded me that the Kid hasn’t seen Footloose yet.
And yes, this post is only here so that I can go back to writing about Glee without my whole blog being about my Glee obsession.
I will say, though, that watching Disney Channel shows is a bit odd, especially after watching more realistic portrayals of teens like Glee and even Buffy. Obviously neither of those shows is particularly realistic in general, but the way they portray teen relationships is much more real than anything on Disney Channel.
Somewhere along the way, Disney decided that any touching between opposite-gender teens is sexual. So when teens dramatically declare their love for one another, they hug or hold hands. Maddie dated Diggie for two seasons and they never kissed. On Liv’s first date with Holden, they literally cannot hold hands because both of her hands are encased in plaster. He does feed her pizza, though. Is that dirty?
I’m not sure exactly what Disney thinks they’re playing at. As Ryan Murphy and everyone else associated with Glee has said many times, people know that teens are having sex. The secret is out. I’d rather have choices and decisions modeled for my kid than have her think that nobody will ever pressure her for sex, that she’ll never want it, and that decisions about sex won’t be something she’ll have to navigate once she starts dating. At least in the olden days, kissing was an issue for the Saved by the Bell and Boy Meets World kids. And once in college, after they had been dating for six years, Corey and Topanga discussed having sex. They decided to wait until they got married, but they discussed it. And then they got married, and they really liked having sex. So at least it was a part of their life.
Nowadays, no Disney Channel show lasts more than four seasons, so I guess no couple will ever get to that point. But a peck on the lips once in a while might be appropriate.