Sunday, August 5, 2012
The V word
Recently I was watching an episode of a news / current affairs program that airs in prime time in Australia The Project. The show is compered by a group of comedians / social commentatiors and features discussions around news / social issues of the day. I caught the end of a discussion about panty liner advertisement that has recently been aired and is causing some comment.
OH MY GOD!!!!! They used the word 'vagina' on prime time TV!!!!! I think I am going to report The Project for using such offensive words in the hearing of my children's sensitive ears!!!! Not to mention that I now have to explain to my nine year old what vaginal discharge is!!!
Seriously though, this clip highlights a whole raft of things that are unhealthy about the way our culture views sex and womens bodies. Steve Price went from one exrtreme to another in that little clip. I was expecting something like his comment about the use of the 'V' word. Not that it was any less sad. I mean really, that is the name for it. We don't say 'the thing on your face we see with' when we are talking about our eye. So what is the big deal? I am pretty sure Steve doesn't hesitate to use words like 'moron' and other 'colourful' language in his daily radio life (I must be honest I have never listened to his radio show and I don't plan to start any time soon!) but to describe an anatomically correct body part descriptor as colourful language? I do feel a tad sorry for his daughters.
He did redeem himself though with his comment about using an average woman rather than some hottie with a perfectly flat stomach. I totally agree. There should be more average women on television everywhere. Steve himself is not that fantastic to look at and I am damn sure that if Carrie Bickmore was the femal equivalent of Steve in the looks department the she would not be sitting next to him on that panel. No matter how talented she is at steering conversations between opinionated men to something that makes great television.
Another thing that really stood out watching that was how much the Carefree lady struggled with saying the 'V' word on TV. I had a little chuckle watching that one as I imagined the converstation with her boss.
lady; "You want me to go on The Project and say WHAT!!!"
her boss; "No matter what they ask you you must use the word Vagina at least once."
lady; "Are you serious? I can't do that!! I will die of shame."
her boss; "Why not? It is just the name of another body part."
lady; "You don't actually believe that rubbish do you? That is just something we made up so the public will think we are progressive and cool and they will buy our product."
her boss; "I am well aware of that. How do you think we will look if our customers see the campaign spokeswoman on prime time television using a euphamisim. Suck it up and toe the line."
lady; "You are right.
at 3:10 PM