PRIDE — The Effect it has on Children
If you have children, you might notice networks like Nickelodeon airing informative LGBTQ+ commercials in between shows.
“Why do they have to force this onto our kids?”
That’s a question I see a lot. It’s easy to get angry over faceless entities like Cartoon Network trying to teach your children. But hear me out.
Exposure to topics like these aren’t going to hurt your child. You might think they’re too young to understand, but I disagree.
When I was a kid, I saw a lot of negative queer representation in the media. I might not have understood the complexities but I came to the conclusion that being gay wasn’t normal. I even considered it something to avoid, and for a large portion of my childhood I felt dirty because of this.
If I was old enough to understand the negative connotations of being gay as a kid, then I was old enough to understand how to celebrate it as well.
But nobody me taught me that. There weren’t shows like Steven Universe. There weren’t public service announcements on Nickelodeon.
These studios aren’t going to make your children queer. That’s something we can’t control. They’re helping already queer children feel comfortable in their own skin.
And I think that’s a good thing. I wish I had these informative commercials as a child.
Just something to consider for anyone out there who feels disgruntled over this sort of stuff. I’ll hop off my soap box now.