I need to say something about last night's Glee episode, as it addressed a social issue I'm quite passionate about: the glorification of excessive alcohol consumption in our culture, particularly its depiction as a rite of passage for teenagers.
I think that everyone is going to view this episode differently based on their views of adolescent drinking, binge drinking, and alcohol in general. I personally have a lot of opinions on both sides of this debate, but for now, I'm going to stick with my reactions to the way the episode presented the issue.
I didn't drink in high school, and it was something I was really insecure about then. I’m 24 now, and I still don’t drink very heavily. I’ve come to feel comfortable with my choices and respect that others may approach alcohol differently as they grow up (and as adults), but my insecurities still exist. Thus, seeing the Glee club and teachers, ahem, experimenting with alcohol, as entertaining as it was, brought out a lot of those feelings within me that I’m less of a person, or haven’t lived because I don’t drink heavily, and I’m not happy about that. Even though the episode showed the consequences of excessive drinking in a refreshing way, this is a show that supposedly speaks to viewers who have felt outcast within the high school experience and the world-at-large, and I can't deny that it made me feel insecure this week. I realize this is just a television show, yet I’m still really relieved to be watching it in my twenties, post-college rather than in high school or college.