Sunday, August 16, 2015

Flaws in the current MPAA Rating System

Hi Friends!  For many years, I have been very concerned about the movie rating system.  Lots of sexual scenes taking place in many PG-13 movies.  I just don't think it's appropriate and it's hard to tell your 15 or 16 year old that the movie's not appropriate for them, when it's "clearly rated for 13 and up, Mom!"  I recently sent an email to the MPAA with my concerns.  I have added it to this blog post and I highly encourage you to send your own email if you have similar thoughts and also think the system is flawed.  Thanks for reading! Email is below......

Hi ~
I am a mother of 3 teenage daughters, all who are over 13.  I believe our current rating system (G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17) is flawed.  It is very concerning to me that a film that has sexual scenes or the implications of sex taking place can be rated PG-13.  Does the MPAA really think that watching sexual scenes (people lying in bed together, appearing to be naked; men and women acting as if they are about to have sex; men and women "feeling each other up" either through their clothes or with hands under clothes, etc) is really appropriate for a 13 year old?  I can't be the only person who feels this way.  Has there ever been any consideration in adding another rating, in between PG13 and R, say PG-16?  Normally, a 13 year old is in middle school.  I really don't feel that these types of scenes are appropriate for a child in middle school.  If sex wasn't glamorized so much to very immature minds, maybe we wouldn't have so many sexually active teenagers (producing more cases of stds and unwanted pregnancies)?

I would love to hear the MPAA's thoughts on this matter!
Thank you,

Michelle Proudfoot