Bottom – by Tabitha

26 Apr

Have you seen the TV show Girls, which is supposedly the new Sex And The City? I’ve seen only the first episode, and I guess it’s like Sex And The City in that it has all-female stars and is set in New York and is about female friendships, but apart from that, I think it’s going to be very – VERY – different.

The show has been criticised for its “joyless” sex. But actually, the characters are in their early twenties, they have crappy relationships, they’re not really comfortable with themselves, and so OF COURSE they have terrible sex. It’s awkwardly, hilariously, cringe-inducingly accurate.

This image is taken from a particularly excruciating scene in which Hannah, pictured, is being instructed by her shit-house boyfriend on how to be sexy. Specifically, he says: “Grab your legs. When I get back, I want you to be in the exact same position, but take all the rest of the shit off.” Which is what she’s doing.

When he gets back, with the lube, he then makes a move for “the wrong hole”. Her response is: “Please don’t do that. That feels awful. Thank you.”

To me, the scene is the perfect representation of the reality of what they’re always calling the pornographisation of the sex lives of young folks. There’s this hollow, macho posturing by the guy, this sad willingness on the part of the girl to be artificially posed into a “sexy” position, but the end-result isn’t shiny, bouncing, airbrushed porn-star sex. It’s just crap and awkward and embarrassing.

I worry about the proliferation of pornography. I really do. I worry about the teenage boys out there who have this completely free access to a limitless supply of masturbatory material, and how oppressive that must be. And I worry about the teenage girls who see all these vaginas so unlike their own, or indeed, anyone’s.

I had a really fascinating conversation recently with a woman who writes about the challenges facing young girls today. She told me that girls as young as 13 get Brazilian waxes now. In fact, Brazilian waxes are absolutely the norm among teenage girls in Australia, she said. But this isn’t because they’re any more sexually active than we were. In fact, these girls get Brazilian waxes for years without anyone – other than the beautician – ever seeing their pubic region. It’s just “the done thing”, like shaving your legs, or straightening your hair every day (which somehow became another of the “done things” when I wasn’t paying attention). Doesn’t that just make you want to take the girls of Australia and shake them, and say “What the hell are you doing?”  I’m sure they’d really appreciate that.

I presume it’s a passing fad. In fact, she told me that pornographic trends in vaginas indicate that pubic hair is coming back in fashion. But good God, what next.

All I can say is, after waving their labia in front of beauty therapists for so many years, these girls will surely feel right at home when they get their first pap smear.

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4 Responses to “Bottom – by Tabitha”

  1. Karen April 26, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    God I hated that show. Downloaded the second episode out of a feeling of obligation to follow the cultural fallout and associated critique.

    I agree with you about porn. In fact, my main problem with it is probably that it will make some people worse at sex. If not completely incompetent. My other problem of course is that it distorts the perception of women, particularly by men from other cultures who only encounter western women as porn stars. And I guess they’ve seen Hillary Clinton now too.

    • Tabitha April 26, 2012 at 9:31 am #

      I reserve my judgment on Girls for now. But I’m glad it’s on TV.

      And what about all those Western men who only encounter Asian women as porn stars?!

      • Karen April 26, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

        No, there are three flourishing stereotypes of Asian women in Western media: porny, studious and alternative-lesbian.

  2. Beth April 27, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    How interesting. I heard Gabfest talking about ‘Girls’ and although it sounds like an interesting cultural phenomenon, I was not tempted in the slightest to watch it. Tell me in a few episodes if it’s a must-see.

    I think about all the issues surrounding teenage sexuality in the era of the internet, and then I have to think about something else because it’s all a bit overwhelming. Faaaark.

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