Yesterday I was chatting with my friend Mike Boyle from the Bard and Banker and he was telling me how it was over in England when Janet Jackson’s boob popped out of her costume during the Super Bowl.
Every British paper – and not just the Sun and the Mirror, but the Guardian and the Independent too – carried photos of the exposed breast with the star decal.
Do you recall seeing that photo in Canadian newspapers? Well yes, but the star was blacked out or fuzzed away.
Is this because Canadians are too shocked to look at a naked breast? Would it horrify us? Our children? Or are we just too prurient to handle it?
Which Canada does this mentality represent?
We live in a hyper-sexualized society, as was pointed out recently in this blog post about pornographic advertising.
It’s unthinkable that a fully naked human body, man’s or woman’s, would be allowed in advertising or mainstream media, no matter how de-sexed the context. But blow someone’s brains out? Eviscerate yourself? That’s fine.
We’re weird animals.
My daughter was watching Avatar recently and loved the cuddle scenes between the two blue people. But she covered her eyes during the violent parts.
Smart kid. Why do we take these naturally healthy instincts and lead them down this puritanical path?