Friday, March 02, 2007

I guess the fact that I can write this without fear means I am still relatively free...

When I first learned about this Dove Pro-Age commercial not being aired on U.S. television networks, I was upset. It's beautifully and tastefully done. I'm appalled at our country's flawed attitudes of decency. As long as nudity is protrayed by young people and only in a sexual manner, it's fine for airing in commercials and television shows and movies, but let it be a mature person in a natural pose...well, that is apparently unacceptable for us to see.

Then, earlier this week, I read this post by schnozz*. I could feel shame burning through my blood. Working to ban the sale of sex toys when you can't be bothered to muster reasonable gun control legislation? Really? Can't we set some priorities, people? I wondered how we can possibly still be called the land of freedom.

I know people in a civilized society can't be allowed to police themselves entirely, but when things that aren't actually harming other people are censored and outlawed (a commercial with gray-haired women sitting on a floor doesn't cause blindness, and masturbation is the only truly safe sex), I have to question how free we really are. On one hand, we are so sexualized that we can't see nudity without thinking it relates to sex and then because it involves older people, who obviously aren't allowed to have sex, it's not fit for our viewing, but on the other, we are such prudes that we can't allow someone to buy a phallus-shaped vibrator because that encourages deviant sexual behavior like quickly-fulfilling masturbation. I can't imagine why, unless the sight of an age-spot on a thigh causes everyone's eyes to melt or women giving themselves orgasms with a dildo immediately forms brain tumors, a network would choose not to air a commercial with such a positive message or a state would be permitted to pass a law that so clearly infringes on the individual rights of their people.

Where are the reasons not to flee to Canada or England?

* Seriously, the title of that post is possibly the best one I've ever read;>

9 comments:

BeckyD said...

How ironic is it (and how sad) that in some aspects we have gained so much freedom in expressing ourselves, and yet in others we are more prudish than our parents and grandparents before us.

There is a group of uptight people out there who are so easily offended it's amazing they are alive, that seem to raise a royal stink about every little thing.

If you don't like a television show, last time I checked you were free to change the channel. Same with radio, don't like the opinions expressed by the DJ's? Change the station. Don't like the new Dove ads? You're being forced to look at them at gun point. People. you still have a choice in the matter, as do we all. Don't force your hypersensitive uptight opinions on me, and I won't force you to listen to Howard Stern while looking at the nude Dove ads.

Celebrate Woo-Woo said...

beckyd - See? Now that's what I thought freedom was all about...choices;> It's a shame that the choices are being so needlessly limited.

Heather said...

So have you figured out why we shouldn't bail to Canada yet? Because I haven't...

Celebrate Woo-Woo said...

heather - I'm still waiting for an answer to that one. Sure, the taxes are high, but at least they are put to good use. Canada's had my interest piqued since I heard about their maternity leave;>

Heather said...

It's pretty extensive, isn't it? (The maternity leave.) Hell, I'd love to move to CAN. Vancouver is one of my favorite places in North America!

Celebrate Woo-Woo said...

heather - It's a year...paid. Not paid at 100%, but without the cost of daycare, 60% of my pay is just fine with me.

Jonathan said...

Censorship in the US has gone mad.

I've always found it a bit weird that they can show somebody's guts being pulled apart in an operation, but they cannot show a man or woman's sexual organs. It makes no sense.

Even more strangely, am I right in thinking that US studios make most of the porn movies?

Celebrate Woo-Woo said...

jonathan - I'd guess you're right about that porn industry thought. I think that is why I am so confused by it all. On one hand, we put sex into everything in the media, but on the other, we can't believe that people might enjoy sex in real life.

Zinnia said...

Good post.