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13 Reasons Why 

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Follows teenager Clay Jensen, in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah, and her decision to end her life.

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Thirteen Reasons Why, based on the best-selling books by Jay Asher, follows teenager Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers a group of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) -his classmate and crush-who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah unfolds an emotional audio diary, detailing the thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, Thirteen Reasons Why weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect viewers. Written by Studio

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Victim-mentality or empowering?
3 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

This story clearly resonated with many. I'm glad a positive message could be extracted by some, but I found the show appalling. I think the intended message is: How we treat others matters. We need to be nicer.

It's a beautiful ideal... that the show doesn't deliver clearly. The lessons are messy ranging from "don't have misunderstandings with your friends," to "read other people's minds and behave how they want," to "don't rape." (But standing in the closet while others get raped is OK). Otherwise, you are responsible if they commit suicide. What?

I think this show may appeal to people who have felt victimized and wish people in their world had been kinder, just as Hannah wishes people treated her better. But for some of us, this show sends a distorted and codependent message, a message that personal responsibility doesn't matter because outside circumstances dictate our feelings and choices.

My theory is that the show is polarizing because of these 2 opposing outlooks on life. 13 Reasons portrays an abundance of one worldview (life is what happens to you and what others do to you) and almost entirely neglects a second (life is what you do with your circumstances). If you're in the 1st camp, maybe you see Hannah's suicide as the sad outcome of a tormented life and hope the real world learns a lesson to correct its behavior so it doesn't happen to others.

But if you're firmly in the 2nd camp, you probably think Hannah badly needs to escape mindset #1 and trade it for a personal empowerment perspective. How can this show pretend to be helping with the issue of suicide when it only portrays suicide as some sort of unavoidable outcome to people being bad? People should stop being bad because it's causing others to suicide, is that the takeaway here? (And that's not even getting into the fact that mental health issues are completely neglected in this show's portrayal of suicide!)

Maturing in life includes disentangling ourselves from the codependency of believing others are responsible for how we feel and vice versa. This does NOT mean we stop caring about our impact on others. It means we don't take on more responsibility than we deserve for another person's feelings/behavior, and we don't see other people as responsible for our outcomes.

I bet one reason psychologists are not pleased with this show is because they already spend a lot of time correcting maladaptive thinking, helping real people understand that: "No you didn't MAKE your wife/husband hit you" and "No, you can't blame all your failure in life on your mom" and "Yes it's true you were wrong to publish your friend's poem, but no, it's not your fault that she killed herself."

I think we need to be heading in the direction of "I'm responsible for my actions, and you're responsible for yours," not: "We MAKE each other do things." I can't get behind "We all killed Hannah Baker."

Unfortunately, we will each hurt others during the course of our lives. And very few of us deserve to be on anyone else's tapes. Life is not about controlling everyone's behavior towards us so we don't suffer, and good luck with that if it's your goal! It's about becoming the captain of your own fate, developing inner resilience, and rising above those other aspects of the world that are out of your control. Teach kids THAT!

Or, go through life as a powerless victim at the mercy of other people's behavior. Realize that this outlook could result in blaming anything (like suicide) on the slings and arrows that every human encounters in some form. Most of Hannah's 13 reasons were about some pretty normal dramas and misunderstandings and ways that people suck. If we look at life like this, where does it end? Hannah was also far from great to everyone. Then she made tapes that ripped the lives of her classmates to shreds. What was all that again about treating each other better? What a mess.

And is this blame-finding mission even the most important conversation for us to be having about teen suicide? What about mental health issues? What about feeling so worthless and loveless that you think the world is better off without you, and failing to understand that it gets better? I don't see how this show will help most suicidal people. Could the show at least decrease bullying then? It's less of a solution and more of a cautionary tale of what could happen if you're not nice. But maybe it's helped some kids be kinder to each other. Those potential benefits are good, but the potential harm is greater.

Some ideas for how this could have been handled more responsibly:

~Help youth gain PERSPECTIVE and a CLEAR idea of reality

~Don't sensationalize the message "bad things happened so I killed myself" for 13 hours with no other insight except "it's other people's fault"

~Show that suicide is a permanent solution to temporary problems

~Show rising above adversity and cruelty (things everyone will encounter in this world)

~Portray that she didn't have to make this choice and THAT'S what is devastating, rather than pulling heartstrings about how "We all killed Hannah Baker"

~Don't expect parents to fill in the blanks and correct whatever dangerous notions their kids took away from your irresponsible show

I don't feel this show should be paraded around as something important and enlightening for our youth. People are clearly getting something out of this. Maybe some people are now inspired to be kinder to their peers. Maybe a rapist stopped raping? But maybe for a teen it normalized giving others the power to determine their fate. And maybe kids who want their pain acknowledged have a whole new fantasy to enjoy. Time will tell the impact of this show.


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