Lust….

So I’m watching “Treme” last night, and the character Antoine Batiste is, well, he’s……..Cheating on his wife in the first moments of the show -rather vigorously- and it got me to thinking…Why? Why do we need to see that? Why can’t it be implied, and left to our imagination? Is it necessary to show us the stripper he’s “engaged with” at the moment in all her naked glory? Moreover, how does this help women at all?

We portray women as objects, inconsequential in some cases, and I think it’s a very bad path we are headed down. For example; in the wildly popular TV show “Family Guy” the main character Peter Griffin says: “Strippers are people too; naked people who may be willing to pleasure you for a price you negotiate later behind the curtain of a VIP room. Besides, there’s no reason to kill them, ’cause most of them are already dead inside..”. Funny…..I suppose, if you can shirk off your conscience, or if you can take take it lightly enough. I know, I know, it’s just a cartoon, and I’m an adult after all, and I can differentiate between reality and dark humor, but what about a teenager, or even a younger child? What kind of a message does this send them?

So, why do we need so much lust on TV these days? Why cant we have shows that leave something to the imagination, or don’t use such foul language? Sure, I can see it for a show like “The Pacific”, where they’re trying to relay the horrors of war, but why do all these other shows feel the need to push things to the extreme every week?

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~ by keystone28 on 04/29/2010.

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