Eight rules for dating my teenage daughter

A Japanese pop idol, hair freshly shaved to the skin, takes to You Tube and bursts into tears as she begs for mercy over her transgression."My name is Minami Minegishi of AKB48 Team B," she says, referring to the hugely successful group she became a founding member of seven years ago.In a declining music industry, producer Yasushi Akimoto worked out how to strike gold: create a group laser-focused on the one demographic guaranteed to hand over money, no matter what. Not only did Akimoto make AKB48 appealing enough for people to buy the CDs, he figured out methods of convincing devoted fans to buy the same CD multiple times.

One minute your daughter is wearing bunny slippers and demanding bedtime stories.

The next, she's wearing a midriff-baring t-shirt and demanding the car keys.8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter takes us shriek by shriek thorugh the process of raising teenage girls, including braces (the most expensive metal on earth), the telephone (seemingly wired to her nervous system), and, of course, dating (Rule #2: Keep your hands and eyes off my daughter's body, or I will remove them).

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Bruce Cameron is a humor writer for the Rocky Mountain News, and his essays appear in Time, Newsday, and on NPR's "Car Talk." He lives in Evergreen, Colorado, with his wife, two teenage daughters, and a teenage son.

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And how can fans accept the ritual humiliation of someone they look up to?The election ceremony takes place at the legendary Nippon Budokan, home to historic performances by the Beatles and Bob Dylan.All of this means a demographic otherwise marginalized in Japanese society has been granted with extraordinary buying power in pop culture, catapulting AKB48 to success far beyond their limited appeal. David Marx of Neojaponisme proposed in a series of essays, Japan has undergone a cultural shift to a point where "normal" people just don't buy music, leaving the hardcore otaku to exert their dominance.I didn't know what to do, so I decided to shave my head without telling other band members or my agency.I don't expect to be forgiven by doing this, but the first thing I thought was that I didn't want to quit AKB48." The article in question came out in the Shukan Bunshun magazine last week, and showed alleged photos of Minegishi leaving the house of boy band member Alan Shirahama.“The talk of parents nationwide.” —People magazine“Witty, wise, and excruciatingly on the money...

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