The sassy ubiquity of the hilarious word “vagina” in popular culture is the subject of this foofy article in the LA Times.
Unmentionable for so long, referred to with euphemisms including “down there” and “hoo-ha,” the anatomically correct “vagina” has gone mainstream. It’s now become not just acceptable in many circles but fashionable. It’s being used as a punch line on sitcoms and in movies. It’s appeared on magazine covers. It’s become a political shorthand in an election year laden with women’s health and reproductive issues. It even has its own memoir — “Vagina: A New Biography” by Naomi Wolf — due in September.
At long last. Women are gettin’ more liberated because sitcoms now feel free to play the vadge for long-overdue laffs!
The photo is the cast of “Girls,” a presumably (I haven’t seen it) edgy “twentysomething HBO comedy” famous for having been masterminded by — hold on to your hats — a smart young lady. According to the Times, “Girls” alludes to vaginas at least once every episode. The pretty, youthful, honky cast is so empowerfulled by this vadge-banter that they pose, like all liberated women who are free to exude their personal sovereignty, with their knees demurely touching. Guarding the vagina with their lives.
As you know, if a woman’s knees aren’t stuck together, she’s a skank.
But uh-oh, are there too many vaginas on TV? Is the joke gettin’ played out? The article goes on to quote “Two and a Half Men” co-creator and noted feminist activist Lee Aronsohn as saying “We’re approaching peak vagina on television, the point of labia saturation.”
Once vaginas stop being so hi-fucking-larious, I guess they’ll have to move on to the next edgy way to objectify women. Although, having studied women’s objectification in popular culture pretty thoroughly for the past decade, it seems to me they’ll be hard pressed to come up with anything more degrading than “Pregnant in Heels,” “The Swan,” or “Bridezillas.”
Or “Bad Girls Club,” “Snapped,” “The Real Housewives of Jagoff County,” every cop drama because without fail there will be an episode wherein a woman is gagged and chained by the wrists in a gnarly basement, every newscast, every stand-up special on Comedy Central, every other show on Comedy Central, every beer/laundry detergent/diet soda/frozen dinner/Swiffer/chocolate bar/toilet paper/yogurt/et al commercial, every movie on TCM, and every movie and every show on every other channel, especially “I Love Lucy.”
All the above shit is racist and heternormative, too.
Photo from latimes.com.