Mrs ERJ, Belladonna and I had a discussion about cancelling Netflix.
I raised the subject. I don't watch Netflix very often and I believe corporations pay attention to their wallets and less-so to strongly worded memos.
What triggered my raising the subject was Netflix pushing the envelope with "Cuties", a show that some claim is about girls learning to express themselves through creative dancing and others claim normalizes voyeurism and pedophilia.
Belladonna's arguments were particularly interesting.
"How is 'Cuties' different than beauty pageants which also turn women into objects? Many of those pageants involve minors"
"Nobody is forcing you to watch it. If you don't like it, then don't watch it."
Those were interesting points and I struggled to answer them in-the-moment. If I appear to be intellectually agile in the blog, it is primarily because I have time to consider things and organize my thoughts. Frankly, I am not that good.
Regarding the first point, I eventually puzzled my way to the realization that the contestants have parental permission, and often their parent accompanies them to the contests. In that way, it is not much different than "travel league" sports.
While that doesn't get much traction with Belladonna, that is huge for me. The protagonist in 'Cuties' is sneaking away and is enabled by others (the show's film crew) to do things that are the antithesis of her parent's values.
The reason it doesn't get much traction with Bella is because, to her remembering, she was fully autonomous and capable of making adult-level decisions at the age of eleven.
I remember it differently.
The other point
The other point is tougher to argue.
"If you don't like guns, then don't buy one."
"If you don't like the show, then don't watch it."
I don't have a "kill-shot" answer.
The best I could come up with is that some people need protection. Babies. Children. Unborn. The frail elderly. People with dementia. Handicapped people. People who are physically abused by their partners.
What child will rat-out their mother? What elderly person will send their adult child to prison. Many women will not file charges after being domestically abused.
In the absence of other mechanisms to pressure Netflix to stop monetizing pedophilia and normalizing eleven-year-olds as objects to lust after, I am still in favor of dumping our Netflix account. To continue to send them money is to become complicit in what they did.
How-some-ever, I was out-voted. As a family, we agreed that I would send a strongly worded memo to Netflix. A memo that Obama would have been PROUD to send to Iran when they violated their sacred trust to not develop nuclear weapons.
Then, after a month, if my nuclear-grade memo isn't sufficient to move Netflix...we will discuss it again.