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February 04, 2003

Noticed More Girl/Girl Action on Network TV Lately?

Maybe it's just me and that I pay attention to these things, albeit to the disapproval of my wife, but it seems to me that there are a lot more girl/girl action happening on primetime network TV as of late--especially when a show needs a few more Nielsen ratings points.

Most recently, The New Twilight Zone, Meet the Parents (the reality series), Fastlane, Firefly, Friends, Once and Again, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Six Feet Under, Ally McBeal, etc. to name a few.

What surprises me is that no one is complaining.

Posted by Haken at February 04, 2003 04:00 PM


Posted by Ryan on February 4, 2003 4:07 PM:

The quantity of such material increases each year, but its appearance - particularly in advance of sweeps - is as reliable as the phases of the moon. Same goes for stories on pets and prostitutes on the local news.

Notably, there have been a few guy-on-guy kisses on television as well. Not even a tenth the incident count as pseudo-lesbian titillation, but it's out there. Not surprisingly, you'll probably never see both on the same show, given the target audience of Fastlane versus, say, Law & Order.

Posted by grant on February 4, 2003 4:18 PM:

true, but it seems the networks are becoming more responsible about it.

Posted by Linkmeister on February 4, 2003 8:40 PM:

Rumor (or fact, who knows) has it that the last line in the Miller Lite mud-wrestling ad has one of the ladies saying "let's make out" to the other. Carefully sound-edited out, apparently.

Posted by Haken on February 5, 2003 12:09 AM:

Guy/Guy kisses? I must have subconciously blocked those out. Then again, I doubt. I have yet to see the full-on-lips-locked-head-tilt-wiggle-wiggle-I'm-your-man-baby kind of kisses on network TV. It just doesn't happen. We're only allowed to see the Will and Grace silly-cheek-to-cheek variety. Though I vaguely remember something from Dawson Creek from a year or so back, but it pales in comparison to what the women are able to do on TV.

Network TV is pushing the envelope, but they're not pushing it hard. :)

Posted by Ryan on February 5, 2003 6:31 AM:

Link, it's no rumor... in fact, the unedited ad with the "Let's make out!" line ran on cable. I remember seeing it online, as well, although the Miller site hosts only the "clean(er)" version.

And Haken, you're probably right. You mentioned the two shows I remember hearing about, "Dawson's Creek" and "Will & Grace" (where talk about a kiss between men on TV was more prominent than an actual kiss). Outside network TV, it's a little different, though - see HBO's "Queer As Folk" and "Six Feet Under."

Posted by lemurs on February 6, 2003 8:06 AM:

Now, I like to think of myself as fairly open-minded about what's shown on TV. I generally don't think it's a big deal, sexual content in particular.

However, the one aspect of sex on TV that I haven't seen discussed is the one thing that disturbs me, and that is the depictions on shows like Joe Millionaire , The Bachelorette, and those of that ilk. I mean, these main characters are making out with and quite probably engaging in some sort of genital contact with more than one person at a time.

These shows also are far less likely to include any sort of safe sex message at all, which is what most would call the redeeming factor of talking about sex on tv.

How weird is it that other rampant sexuality on tv doesn't bother me at all, but non-exclusive promiscuity (for lack of a better term) does?

For what it's worth, I think the blatant sexual content of music and music videos has increased far more than that of television.

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