Skipping class and smoking with the other burnouts behind the portable (sanctioned by the administration, of course) is already passé. Having a lazy Sunday morning watching Shirley Temple movies and eating dry cereal while the rest family troops off to church is a form of rebellion from a gentler time.
Engaging in risky sexual behavior used to be a near-guarantee to upsetting the parental unit, but hey, it’s healthy and good for the self-esteem, and help yourself to the bowl on condoms on the way out.
How can the teens of tomorrow stick it to the man, when the man will likely be right by their side, ensuring not only that pot is legal but also that it meets purity standards? How can attention-getting gambits, such as flirtation with homosexuality (does anyone remember LUGs?) or transgenderness, be successful when the man is right there with a marriage license or a health policy to make it all possible?
How can they even think that getting a tattoo will get a rise out of mother, when a passing glance at any carnival midway in the Midwest reveals more ink than ever sailed the Seven Seas? These fair-goers are Middle America. They are the new Archie and Edith Bunker, with tats up to here, and piercings down to there.
What on earth will shock these parents? Live in what is quaintly called “sin”? Have a baby without marrying said baby’s father? Father a baby without having the intention of marrying said babyâ€™s mother? Engage in petty crime (or even terrible, horrible crime) only be let go by an understanding judge? Parties (with alcohol) are held with full parental sponsorship… and not just when ma and pa are out of town. Even screwing up in school isn’t what it used to be, now that colleges are bound to offer remedial classes.
What avenues of rebellion will be left open? Leave your suggestions below. Pity the teens of tomorrow.
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