Thursday, October 21, 2010

What we talk about when we talk about sex

This week there's been a big fuss about the racy photo shoot of the cast of Glee in this months issue of GQ. I don't see what the sound and fury is about; every time there's a popular franchise with young women involved, there are often photo spreads like this. And hey these aren't the kids in Larry Clark films; these are young adults in their twenties. But apparently because Glee is considered by some circles as a 'family show', this leads the woman of The View to cluck at how these woman are acting.

First of all, have you been watching this show? Glee has made it clear almost since the first episode that sex is a big part of it. It's part of any teenagers life, and is part of what they think. That doesn't mean that children and teenagers shouldn't watch it with their parents; on the contrary, compared to some of the reality shows that emphasize it, this is the kind of show that encourages discussion about these kinds of issues in a mature and--- yeah, I'll say it--- adult manner. You know all those brainless tween and teen shows. This one has a brain.

As for the photo shoot--- grow up. Since the beginning of Hollywood, we've been told that sex sells. I've seen some of the things that get posted on the web; by comparison the photos in GQ look practically Victorian. Over and over this is the message that we keep sending Hollywood. We can't blame them for doing what we all know works.

Perhaps I am not unprejudiced about this because I love the show, but I really hope this kind of bias doesn't stop peoplr from watching Glee. This is an adult, mature reasonable show that discusses sex and hormones. Married couples don't sleep in twin beds any more, and Mayberry was a fantasy. Let's not pretend our sensibilities are more offended by this than what shows on Cinemax at 11.

Okay. I've vented. The next post will come in a shorter interval. Stay tuned.

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