I hardly ever watch TV, but last night I happened to catch "Cavemen" and "Carpool". I was shocked at the amount of sexual talk, steamy scenes, and innuendo. I thought that the networks tried to limit this stuff in prime time. But these shows were full of it. "Cavemen", for instance, featured a Neanderthal who is "dating" (read: having a sexual affair with) a human girl. Besides the scenes where she is climbing all over him, the dialog features lines like "keep your [part of male anatomy] in your genus" (it's a rhyme). How would I begin to explain that to a child? And you know that plenty of children are up watching TV at that hour. Notice how the assumption that casual relationships include sex, and that pre- and extra-marital sex are the norm, permeates these shows. I know, of course, that such is the reality but do we have to package it up and sell it as something desirable? It's like a conscious effort is being made to erode society's morals. You don't have to be religious to see that more and more it is "anything goes". Or what about Bratz? I've been trying to gently steer easy child 1 away from these without making a big deal about it, since making a big deal would make them even more interesting. But they really bother me. As one reviewer wrote about the movie, they send the "empowering message that you're never to young to wear too much makeup and dress like a stripper". They are everywhere, TV, toy stores, department stores, etc. (Well, the same things were said about Barbie a generation ago, I guess. Every generation thinks the next one is going to the devil.) Am I just an old fogey? Square? Prudish? difficult child thinks so. wife agrees with me but says I sound like her dad. I replied, "Well, your dad is right."