"Disgusting. That’s how Kirsten Dunst, 30, described her infamous kiss with Brad Pitt in the 1994 film “Interview with a Vampire” in a recent interview with Bullett magazine. In fact, kissing Pitt was so vile and repulsive that the experience scarred her.
“It was just a peck. Everyone at the time was like, ‘You’re so lucky you kissed Brad Pitt,’ but I thought it was disgusting… said Dunst. At the time, not many people saw a kiss between a girl who had just hit double digits and a 31 year-old man as a big deal… Dunst’s kiss wasn’t an anomaly, but part of a disturbing trend that fetishized prepubescent girls, pitting them in roles opposite grown men. The same year that “Interview with a Vampire” was released, Dunst starred in “Little Women” where had a bizarrely romantic scene with a character played by then 20-year-old Christian Bale…. A few years later, Dunst auditioned for the role as Angela (played by Mena Suvari) in 1999’s “American Beauty” but when she learned that she would have to kiss Kevin Spacey, 25 years her senior, Dunst balked. “I was only 15 then,” she told Entertainment Weekly in 2006. “I didn’t want to kiss Kevin Spacey or be seen lying naked in those rose petals."
"The 12 steps are a completely profound treatment for so many people, but not most people, and that’s the problem that I have. It’s not with the 12 steps. It’s only in the programs many, many rehabs are based on, this idea that the 12 steps are the key, are the only way to stay sober. That’s my problem. You get people in treatment — especially teenagers — I mean what is it to be a teenager? It is to feel, you know, this powerfulness, and part of the 12 steps is that you have to admit that you are powerless over your addiction. You have to turn your life over to a higher power, you know. Teenagers, some do, of course, but part of being a teenager is [that] you’re not going to turn your life over to anyone."
"The unfounded fear that young children will somehow become “impure” if they learn about a dirty subject like sex is deeply rooted in American culture. Our society assumes that human sexuality is dark, dangerous, and shameful — something we need to protect teens from, rather than teach them about. Teens consistently learn that it’s not okay to talk about sex because it’s supposed to be totally off-limits to them, constrained to the bounds of a traditional marriage. But this attitude has led to disastrous consequences: damaging women and LGBT Americans’ sense of sexual self-worth, fueling the STD epidemic, and creating a moral environment where rape culture has flourished."
"It’s an existential dilemma to be alive and realize you are not important and that your body, the one you believe belongs to YOU, in fact may not. It may belong to your father, your mother, your boyfriend, your girlfriend, a stranger, your state. It makes some people angry. But good girls don’t get angry, do they? It’s so unattractive. But depression, that’s a different thing."
What is a Teenager?
For most of the last year, I’ve been reveling in, and suffering through, some major life transitions. Primarily, the transition from girlfriend to fiancé and the transition from graduate student to “real-world” job holding adult (that came with it’s own set of new job transitions a couple of times). It’s left me feeling unstable, in more ways than one, and a bit aimless. So, I’ve returned to focus on some topics that I love. And this is where I approach the topic of the teenager.
It’s weird that when you say the word teenager or teen, most people feel like it means something very specific. There’s an idea that being a teen embodies more than an age range but also some aspect of identity. The word itself however, wasn’t used much before the early 1900′s and was originally popularized to sell clothing.
But if you’re a fan of pop culture, and I so am, you know that we are obsessed with teenagers. So it’s a fair question to ask: what really is a teenager? And why do we like them so damned much?