Thursday, November 28, 2013

Gratuitous Exposure
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It always amazes me when people talk about sex or nudity “adding” to the content of a work or being tasteful.  I frankly can’t think of a situation that isn’t better conveyed in a public forum by erring on the side of modesty.  First off, you never know who your audience is going to be.  While sitting in the doctor’s office recently, the television was tuned to some soap opera where the actors were in bed, draped to give you the illusion of nudity (maybe they were, who knows?) and portraying what appeared to be a sex act.  What I found most offensive was the young child whose eyes were larger than half dollars staring with his mouth open.  Didn’t seem to offend Mom but it sure offended me.

Today’s society is imbued with the notion that sex sells.  We have conditioned ourselves to simply absorb the bouncing body parts.  Heck, we’ve gone so far as to make openly ooggling someone’s physical attributes SOP.

The New York Times recently ran an article about breast cancer on the front page.  They used the picture of a woman with a partially bared breast to grab the attention of the reader.  The picture stopped just far enough down to expose a portion of the nipple.  Can even the most imaginative among us find a reason to justify the extra exposure?

Maybe if more of us were to be upset enough to do something like write an email expressing your contempt for such practices and then follow up by actually refusing to watch, read, visit, whatever, we might not now be at a place where this is the norm at a taxpayer funded event on healthcare.
“So when you’re leaving, you can stop by my table and I’ll give you whatever—condoms—that box has a bunch in it. Anyway ... Our corporation, LA Corp ... And I’m waiting on my dental dams and female condom order that still hasn’t come in. If you ever need condoms, let me know because we have thousands—boxes of magnums, we get magnums a lot. So here is the prize table.”
The condom give-away was a training event with young Democrats, I’m told.

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