Breaking Dawn

Anne Kimball

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Breaking Dawn

Couple weeks back my thoughts on the movie Breaking Dawn could be found in an article in In the article, the question was asked: is this movie appropriate for teenaged girls?

I answered yes. Thought being, there seems to be no shortage of sexual stuff our girls are exposed to. Most of the time? Not so appropriate. Whether it's on TV, music, movies, you name it, it's too casual, too exploitive, too gratuitous, too shallow, I could go on and on and on.

In the Twilight series, however, I was pleasantly surprised. Here was finally a young couple that was head-over heels in love, devoted to each other, and yet, what's this -- virtuous? Though young and impetuous, they made the decision to remain virgins till married. Not that I'm neccessarily saying that is a must, depending on the circumstances, but I figure setting the bar high is always a good thing.

Well, I saw the movie with my girls last night, and I stand by what I said. Edward and Bella were portrayed as two young people very much in love, each with the highest degree of respect for the other, protective and tender. Of course, tender for a vampire with superhuman strength does not translate to gentle. Furniture was demolished, feather pillows were torn asunder, and Bella was bruised. And though I find it very hard to explain, it was all good. There was destruction and bruising without violence, somehow.

And O.M.G.

I know, I know, gross. I'm way too old. But man.

I mean, it was all very loving and tender and romantic and sweet.

Yeah, that's what I meant to say.

Anyway, before rushing out to see the movie with your precious daughters, know your girls, know their comfort levels as well as your own. Use the movie as a springboard to talk about relationships with them.

And bring a cool cloth.

Excuse me, I'm going to go see what the mister is up to....


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