I care nothing for Pogue's opinions, but I do care about my children. My 13-year-old son listens to L. L. Cool J sing: "They tell me don't drink and drive. I say what is this? Pass the Heineken and mind your own business." (The reference to Heineken has been deleted from a newer version of Cool J's song.) Then my son turns on the TV and hears a jolting message from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The conflict inherent in these two messages is confusing to my son.
My daughter, 15, hears on TV news "in many Middle Eastern countries women have virtually no rights," then later hears 2 Live Crew sing of the pleasures of sexually abusing women and Andrew Dice Clay glorify the beating of women. The conflicting message is that women here are free, but only free to be violated. My daughter feels confused.