A commenter posed a question regarding my standards. Their question was why I watch "Glee" when I find it to be objectionable, overly-sexualized and at times simply immoral. Per this commenter's point of view, I am employing double standards and am inconsistent.
To address the question, I first need to explain a belief of mine, namely that double standards differ from different standards. Is it a double standard for my parents to permit me to attend non-Jewish high school while not necessarily offering that choice to my little brothers? Is it a double standard for my parents to send Dustfinger to seminary when I didn't attend? Is it a double standard to expect me to engage with you about topics of English Literature or Bible while not expecting every other Jewish American in their twenties to do so?
I don't think so. Standards are different for different people. They depend on a person's strength of character, ability to think and analyze material, religious maturity, emotional maturity and so forth. I happen to be a person who analyzes every single TV show or movie I watch. I am very aware of what I am seeing and which parts I agree with, disagree with, chalk up to magical realism or a deliberate suspension of reality, consider to be trash or consider to be useful or moral. When I watch "Glee" it's not the same as when the majority of teens watch "Glee." This is a fact, not an attempt to suggest that I am superior- I am simply different. TV for me is a thinking exercise, not a vegetation opportunity. If your teenager is a thoughtful person who analyzes everything s/he sees and isn't the type to conform to societal or cultural moral standards (or lack thereof) without considering them carefully, nor are they the type to lie to themselves about their motives, then I think they can enjoy "Glee" as well.