Friday, July 11, 2008

These Are Not the Droids You're Looking For

I made the profound mistake of listening to KROQ's Love Lines as I was out picking up dinner tonight, just to see if it was as bad as I remember.

Dear god, it's worse. Much, much worse.

Right before I turned it off, Dr. Drew was answering the question "I'm 27 weeks pregnant. Is it ok if I use a vibrator?"

(Do these people not have access to Web MD? It's a lot faster and doesn't moralize quite so much.)

The host of course decided that what he was going to jump on was the fact that she was 17. (Which they only knew because they always require that callers state their age. Which not only makes sense from a medical standpoint, it better facilitates slut-shaming as well!)

Which wouldn't have been so bad, except that the first thing out of his mouth after "You're 17. You're pregnant" was "You have a vibrator." A teenager with a vibrator. (lucky bitch, most of us have to make do with all sorts of weird household objects) This is a bad thing? Why, exactly?

But that, dear readers, is not the best part.

Neither is the fact that the question directly before that was from another teen girl who asked "I'm almost 18. I heard that most girls get orgasms at age 18. Is that true?" You might think the best part was Dr. Drew's answer to that question, which was essentially "yes, most women orgasm for the first time in their early 20's."

(because - WTF? That's your answer doctor? Simply to state that most women have their first orgasm in their early 20's? With no other commentary or explanation? As if this all happens for the same reasons that most girls get their period at around age 12 and most kids get their first visit from the tooth fairy in second grade?)

No, the best part was that the same guy that was slut-shaming the pregnant 17 year old for having a vibrator of all things was also the one making fun of the fact that the other teen girl was treating orgasms as if they were simply something that women got at a certain age (like the ability to vote). Because, you know, it's not like the latter idiocy is at all responsible for the stats Dr. Drew was spouting earlier. Don't worry though, dear readers, Stryker knew better than to make fun of the good doctor for pepetuating the idea that physiology alone is to blame foir most women not having their first orgasm until nearly a decade after they hit puberty.

(Cuz, you know. That's the most logical conclusion ever.)

In other, completely unrelated news, the only reason boys peep into windows is because we have antiquated clothing taboos. Plus they are curious. Or something like that.

Girls don't do the same cuz we just aren't as curious. Plus there's not really much that's interesting about the male body. Or something like that.

Move along. There's nothing to see here. These aren't the droids you are looking for.


Ciella said...

I'm sure I had some insightful comment about how much this Dr. Drew is a jackass who isn't doing anything to educate anyone and about how sad it is that this girl who is already pregnant has never had an orgasm, and may now not have one for a while since no one's telling her how to get one... but then I saw Sean Maher and all intelligent thought was lost. Man is that just the nummiest scene in Firefly or what?

Mickle said...

To be fair, it sounded like the 17 who was pregnant had already had several orgasms. (It was the non-pregnant teen who hadn't.) And Dr. Drew and his co-hosts would be relatively likely to jump on a pregnant teen for not having found sex enjoyable and c yet continuing to have sex.

That's part of why a lot of people don't recognize the fact that Dr. Drew and co. are assholes; they are at least not complete assholes like the guys that are getting teen girls pregnant and not even caring if the girls are enjoying it. In fact, they tell them to leave them! What princes!

But yeah. The whole show is just a mess of sexist contradictions.

And Sean Maher needs to be shirtless and on my TV more often.