Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Am I A Prude?

When I was a kid, they couldn't show a bra on a human body on TV. Bras were advertised on a plastic form, or, if on a model, she was wearing a black leotard underneath it.

(I am not making this up.)

"Bewitched," shown in the 1960s, was the first TV program to show a married couple in a double bed. Think about it. Lucy and Desi had twin beds. So did Rob and Laura on "The Dick Van Dyke Show."

When those uptight standards started to fall by the wayside, I cheered, along with everyone else of my generation. We had no idea how far it would go.

I have always cringed at ads for personal products. ED products, feminine hygiene products, prescriptions to control herpes...how low can they go?

I've seen two ads tonight that made me turn off the TV. One for some little sex toy for women, and another for something to cure feminine odor and itch that occur after "intimacy."

Right before I turned off the TV, I told the smiling model, "Honey, if you're itchy and smelly after 'intimacy,' you better take yourself down to the free clinic and get some antibiotics!"

...And the little sex toy! They even showed that!

Now, I'm a firm believer that what one does in the privacy of one's own home (or anywhere away from me, for that matter), is just fine. As my friend Melissa used to say, "In the Grand Scheme of Things, what does it really matter who sticks what into whom?"

But don't expect me to watch this stuff on TV!


  1. Wow, I have yet to see the sex toy commercial, and am feeling fortunate for that. I was mortified when I heard my 12 year old singing "Viva- Viagara" and was frozen in my tracks upon realizing where it had come from.

    No, you are not a prude! I totally agree that lines are being crossed.

  2. Carri, it was on Oxygen, I think. One of the so-called "women's channels," anyway.

    I'm just glad I was alone for that one!

  3. I can imagine. There's nothing like the uncomfortable silence after seeing a condom commercial with the whole family!

  4. eh. I am not against them. Granted I used to be uncomfortable about the douche commercials that had the mom and daughter walking down the beach and the daughter asked her mom if she felt... "not so fresh" Like that is a normal conversation between mom and daughter.

    I think those commercials are for the ignorant. The ones that dont know why they dont feel not so fresh. The reason the guy doesnt know he cant get it up and doesnt know he has to ask a doctor.

    As for the sex toy well.. I can think of ways.. (never mind :P )

  5. "There's nothing like the uncomfortable silence after seeing a condom commercial with the whole family!"

    You got that right! Geez!

  6. Melissa, some of these ads are on stations watched by fairly intelligent people, like The History Channel, etc. It's not all on TruTV...(heh).

  7. Did you ever notice that "I Dream of Jeannie" didn't have a belly button -- despite her "bare" midriff?

    Now, THAT'S prudish!

    I channel surf during commercials - I hate 'em -- not that it does much good -- most are timed to be similtaneous.


    The VERY worst of graphic commercial, imo, is for Pepto Bismal -- the one where they shake their skanky butts -- I think I would suffer "the runs" rather than buy that product!


    Not a commercial but how about that Sunday Night Sex Show with Sue Johanson? Talk about no holds (or holes -- sorry TMI) barred -- sheesh!

    Bring back Ivory Snow!!!

  8. Oh please--what you described was not entertainment--it was clearly TMI!!

  9. I have learned that anything with "sex" in the title is probably not something I want to watch.

    In the first place, I don't want to listen to people talking about it, and in the second place, It brings back too many memories (if you know what I mean).

  10. Have you seen the infomercial for the vacuum that makes a penis longer...seriously!

  11. Umm...no.

    I wouldn't watch an infomercial for something I DID want, let alone something like that!

    Vacuum, you say?

    If it's that good, how is it on cat hair?

    (sudden visual image of one of my fuzzy cats with all its hair standing on end...)

  12. LOL Oh my the subject you picked is hilarious! If your a prude,I am one too! I saw the commercial for the "TOY" I was appalled. It's funny,I'm only 44,but those kind of things shouldn't be on TV in my opinion,as to the "freshness" stuff,maybe just taking a plain old shower might help? lol
    and the visual I got of your cat..omg! lol
    BTW? it's safe to come out from under the couch! lol I was being a paranoid A hole..what can I say? lol and I'm sorry to hear your not feeling well,hope your feeling better. HUGS