My mother was very strict about entertainment. She would go to the library to check and see what I was reading. In school I was doing a project about teen suicide and had checked out some books on suicide and abortion. I had alot of explaining to do for that. I remember my mom once ripped up a VC Andrews book I was reading. It really sucked because I had checked it out from the library. Looking back now VC Andrews writes books about horrible things, definitely not appropriate for a kid.
My mom banned Janet Jackson's "Control" because it was about rebelling against your mother. And by banning it I mean she snapped my 45 in two. I really liked Olivia Newton-John's "Let's get physical" but mom wouldn't let me listen to that. I asked her why, it's about working out for pete's sake! Funny though she pretty much let me listen to everything of Madonna's. Anything that was even remotely about sex was out- unless the person listening to it was married. That was my mom's thing, she would say, "oh this song is only for married people."
I can remember in movies having to walk out for portions of it, or close my eyes for portions. It was insane. I rarely got to watch a movie from beginning to end as a kid. I remember watching "The Color Purple" there was always a part when my mother would turn the channel for several minutes. I never knew what happened during those minutes. It wasn't until I became an adult that I was able to watch that movie all the way through. I was like oh, so that's what was going on- a lesbian scene. I felt so wicked watching it (lol), I felt like calling my mother to tell her I knew what she had been hiding all those years.
It's funny the way she used to censor everything when I was a kid, in her old age now she lets my nephew watch whatever. I was over there one day she had a movie on, and a topless women is just walking around, she didn't change it or anything. I was like "Mom, what the heck!" She was like "ehh, whatever."
Is it that my mom was "special" or was anyone else censored like me?