Teen-Age Vice (original title: Designs in Scarlet)
1939, revised 1957
How about a read on the hows and whys of teens in trouble? From my brief skim, this book is more about titillation rather than informational. Who wouldn’t want to pick up this book based on the title and the cover art? Cooper, himself was a bit of a show stopper as a writer and an expert on circuses. (Great, now I have a mashup of True Crime and clowns going on in my head…)
Cooper has detailed accounts of how prison will turn men into homosexuals, and big government projects, like a dam or a bridge, will bring in hookers to a nice town. Major Causes of teen vice? Liquor, premarital sex, masturbation, hanging out in juke joints, and lack of adult supervision. (You know, all the fun stuff.) The consequences are homosexuality, prostitution and drug abuse.
I guess our society is doomed.
Your Teen-ager and You
A Book for Parents
Another “Help me make sense of my awful teenager, before I kill them” book. The eternal cry of parents everywhere. As an empty nester, I can say that parenthood is about survival. It’s us against them and they play dirty.
Today’s example is geared toward Christian parents and uses scripture and scenarios to illustrate. The author asserts that a good marriage sets an example for teens. Of course there is a story about a teen girl who was hanging out with the “wrong” people. Naturally, this caused her to get in trouble and ruin her life. Evidently, her parents (mostly Mom) didn’t love her enough.
This book is light on practical advice and good at using scripture to guilt women. Husbands are not really mentioned as part of the parenting process. Bottom line: Ladies need to forget all that fulfillment/feminine mystique stuff and just suck it up.
More Christian Parenting:
Just in the nick of time! You can be in heaven with clearer skin and knowledge that all other religions are crap compared to Christianity. Between this book and the author’s other masterpiece of cool awesomeness, I am quite sure the streets will be filled with clear-skinned youth looking and feeling awesome.
To me, a cover does count, especially with youth-oriented materials. To be honest, I doubt this generated much coolness even in 1982. Wait! I think I hear the sound of a collective eye roll and groan from every teen that is browsing the religion section.