Peak Vagina on TV?
No it’s not a new sci-fi or X-rated film, it’s what Lee Aronsohn- creator of Two And Half Men thinks about women on TV.
"We're approaching peak vagina on television, the point of labia saturation.” Apparently he’s not a fan of this season’s female-driven comedies like 2 Broke Girls and Whitney and didn’t hold back saying, "Enough, ladies. I get it. You have periods."
Whoa, who’s the one that has their period?
His sexist comments created a Twitter uproar. With the internet backlash, he did apologize, sort of. First tweeting, “Women-look up irony.” When that didn’t get him off the hook he wrote, “Yes, yes-it was a stupid joke. I’m sorry.” So a Twitter apology, I guess that’s better than nothing, but I doubt he’s really sorry. It’s what he thinks and he said it and until there are more women in power making the programming decisions and writing, it will continue to be filled with sexist attitudes like Aronsohn and shows that continue to perpetuate stereotypes. Women make up more than 50% of the viewing audience but only 15% of writers. That’s nowhere near peak vagina. Mr. Aronsohn, you don’t want to see peak vagina!
Not only did he make sexist comments at the Toronto screenwriting conference, but he wasn’t about to apologize for his portrayals of women on his hit sitcom. “Screw it,” said Aronsohn during a keynote address. “We’re centering the show on two very damaged men. What makes men damaged? Sorry, it’s women. I never got my heart broken by a man.”
Bitter much? Why such an angry man? What makes me mad is that as as long as men like Aronsohn are successful, people may not seem to care what they say. I really don’t understand the appeal of “Two And Half Men” and how it’s been a hit show for so long. I guess it’s all the fart jokes. But does having a hit show give you the right to be an arrogant jerk? I’m glad he got called out on Twitter.
While I don’t want to continue on with what he may call a rant, I do believe these type of sexist comments need to addressed and not taken as "that’s just the way it is". But I guess the best way to respond sometimes, is to continue with what we believe in despite offensive comments or with a little humor. As Whitney Cummings said in response, “I was under the distinct impression that men liked vaginas. You came out of one. You probably spend lot of your time trying to get into one. This is kind of a mixed message. Had I known vaginas were so offensive and appalling to men, I certainly wouldn’t be talking about them.”
What do you think? Are there enough shows for women on TV?