Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Revolution was televised

by The Urban Blabbermouth
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 Note -- The series, Analyze This, mentioning all the consumer products, brought Gil Scott-Heron's spoken word poem The Revolution will not be televised to my mind and as you can easily imagine,  the poem, in turn, brought thoughts about revolutions we see on TV.

 
This year, I have been watching awards shows on TV and I have seen some new behavior amongst the young ladies.  Miley Cyrus and her Wrecking Ball displaying for public view an open and aggressive female sexual behavior, and Queen Beyonce throwing in her parts too (pun intended) with her latest music video.  I have seen apparently hetero young women "tongue touching", the new high five, as they greet each other on stage on TV.  Here is my view of this behavior.

It's been ten years since the famous Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction at the Super Bowl Football Championship on national TV.  There certainly was a lot of fuss about Janet's nip slip.  The FCC did an investigation, assessed fines on the TV network, and Congress held hearings.  I am guessing here but the phrase "slip-a-nip" arose out of that incident and became mainstream slang.  "Wardrobe malfunction" also arose out of that incident.  Now, we look back on Janet's slip-a-nip incident and wonder why the fuss? 

The fuss was another step in the sexual revolution.  The sexual revolution for men was about less work to get more sex.  For women, it was liberating.  Since the beginning of humanity, women have been tied to their reproductive cycles.  To state the obvious, women have monthly cycles and they get pregnant.  Their bodily functions caused women to develop a certain set of behaviors that is protective in nature.

Along comes science and medicine where women can now take a pill and stop their monthly cycles and prevent pregnancy.  Ironically, women now find themselves in the same situation as men, i.e., can indulge in all the sex they want without biological worries other than STDs.  Science had opened the door to a new set of sexual behaviors by women and women are still deciding on what their new behavior should be.

The new developments in sexual behavior is best seen among young celebrity women.  They have the invincibility of youth to go where they want and to worry less about society's acceptance.  As the young women create new patterns of sexual behavior, they try it out in very public places, like the award shows on TV,  to see if it works for them or maybe to push the public closer to accepting new modes of womanly behavior.

Watch the female entertainers at the awards show.  They, as entertainers, have a social license to stretch womanly behaviors and if they succeed, they become role models and proxies for the behavior of other women.  Eventually, accepted womanly sexual behavior will shift.   Keep an eye on your TV.  Who knows what else will show up on a red carpet interview at one of the awards show.

Yes siree, the sexual revolution was certainly televised.