Catching a rerun of this morning’s Oprah
It’s about 30 year-old virgins. At once a little freaked out by Oprah’s pathologizing these women, and also recognizing parts of myself in them.
I think I might need to liveblog this episode. It’s simultaneously offputting and compelling (but not compelling in its offputtingness, if that makes sense) - Oprah and Dr. Laura Berman ventriloquizing these women’s desires/psychological histories WHILE THEY ARE SITTING THERE…so bizarre. And the neoliberal, self-maximization rhetoric that is juuuust steering clear of shaming these women, reminding us of what a fine line it is to walk between virgin and whore (Shayla, the woman who shut down sexually after her dad coped with his grief/sexual desire after her mother’s death by working through a parade of women he treated dismissively, is particularly helpful in this regard). And getting an expert to guide you through a journey: so classic!
But Carmen’s relationship to her body is making me cry. Listen to Madonna, ladies: “Until I learned to love myself, I was never ever lovin’ anybody else.” Maybe even “like myself.”
1256: Ohhh, Carmen has PCOS. And is apologizing for saying “period.” Also, n.b., she looked way cuter in the therapy session than she does on the stage here. I hope this isn’t the “after.”
1257: Carmen needs to mobilize herself!
101: “Self-stimulation” is way better than “masturbation,” which Shayla can’t even bring herself to say. Seriously, it’s such a horrible word.
102: Dr. Berman just said “vulva.” Now Shayla’s really freaking. And learning what it is, which is…sort of sad.
103: Breaking down the virgin-whore dichotomy…sort of. Nice girls can still touch themselves.
104: It’s been 15 years since the O.J. Simpson acquittal. Seems like it should be longer ago.
107: Why are these commercials so loud?
107: I think I would make an excellent sex therapist. How do I get this bitch’s job?
110: Has Shayla never gone on a date with herself before? I feel like that’s all I used to. I am an awesome date.
111: Carmen needs to check out the MOFL referenced earlier on this blog.
111: Sigh, this Marie Claire columnist… She’s super cute, though. I wonder if Carmen has any fat friends.
115: I don’t think I can make fun of Shayla’s video letters to her parents. :(
116: I can make fun of this wack group date Shayla’s friend is setting her up on? What the what is going on? She has to tell them about her homework?
Okay I have to sleep now, but I’ll let you know if these women get laid, since their sex lives are totally our business! Thanks for alerting me to this episode, TSG!