[Los Angeles, November 10. Image via Pacific Coast News Online.]
Y'know, they don't call us "viewers" for nothing. When you change a major element of a show, we notice. The latest: Cougar Town's creator has reportedly said that he might change that show's awful title. Okay, now it's getting insulting.
There is no shortage of in-your-face sexuality in American culture. Yet as Patricia Cohen notes in a piece for the New York Times, much of that sexual culture, including the marketing of female sexuality, is still driven by men.
You've seen it: a middle-aged mom, presumably moving her son into his dorm room, and the son's nerdy roommate, share a Halls Refresh lozenge and a weird moment of sexual connection. Then her menfolk walk in and are suitably appalled. ("Surprisingly mouth-watering," leers an insinuating voice-over.) The American…
I know, I know, you love it. Everyone loves it. I'm a scrooge, and a party-pooper, and why can't I just enjoy the music? I get why people like Glee, I do. It's fun! It's harmless! But is it?