Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Oprah Participates in Marginalizing Female Sexuality

Today's Oprah Show decided to make a contribution to the ever-growing genre of shows that otherize female sexuality. The show's title is "Why millions of women are using porn and erotica?" Evidently, the answer that women do it for the exact same reason as men is still unacceptable for Oprah's conformist viewers.

At the very beginning of the show, we are offered a suggestion that women watch porn for the storyline. Several people that Oprah interviews reiterate this idiotic idea. Then, the porn star Jenna Jameson announced that she only ever had 3 or 4 sexual partners, which sounds a little weird since people who have 3 or 4 partners are usually capable of remembering the exact number. Even people as dumb as Jenna Jameson. Then, everybody lost interest in sex and proceeded to discuss how much money this porn star made at every stage of her career. The subject of money was discussed with the type of glee that people of other cultures often reserve for discussions of sex.

Of course, after I realized that this was the only original contribution this show was going to make to the topic, I stopped watching. God, what wouldn't people say to themselves and to their audiences composed of bored suburban housewives in order to alleviate their nagging suspicion that other people might actually enjoy sex.

Shows like this are this puritanical culture's way of exorcising its profound fear of female sexuality. It saddens me that Oprah, who is a pretty intelligent woman, would want to participate in something so stupid.

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