Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sexism is Tearing Me Up Inside

When I was growing up, my parents watched The Today Show every morning. As you can probably imagine, that quickly drew tiresome; there are only so many pandering interviews, human interest stories, and Willard Scott or Al Roker pandering-to-the-crowd-segments-disguised-as-weather-reports that I could take before writing it off forever. The segments that bothered me the most were the "special report: women today" segments, which claim to be honest reporting about issues that effect women, but which are always heavily sponsored by companies that make women's products, and, not coincidentally, many of the stories tell women that they should worry more, or, most insidiously, appear intended to make women feel inadequate about themselves.

The Onion News Network, as part of its fictional Today Now program, recently ran a parody of one of these segments, "How To Get A Guy To Notice You While You're Having Sex With Him." The main joke, that the story assumes that women have so little self-confidence and are so insecure about their relationships that they feel as if they have to take some sort of extra step to get the men they are sleeping with to pay attention to them, even while they are having sex with them. Its almost Spinal Tapish in the way in which it takes a cliche to its furthest logical extreme, and yet the humor comes from the fact that it is only slightly more absurd than the subject it parodies. I realize that this segment is a joke, but once you start to look for this sort of thing, its prevalence is shockin. It is on so many morning shows, daytime talk shows like Oprah, and every women's magazine (where it constitutes the plurality of their content), that it almost stops registering unless you're actively looking for it.

Here's the video:

How To Get A Guy To Notice You While You're Having Sex With Him

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