Wow. I was blown away.
In place of Law and Order came Sodom and Gomorrah, courtesy of an NBC special “The 411: Teens and Sex.”
Oral Sex was the tease in the middle of the West Wing. As always, of course.
There’s me watching a nice innocent show – the West Wing – when during the commercials, as I’m fiddling through my bills – paying $459 to a collection agency to pay off a couple of Washington traffic tickets so I can get an Arizona driver’s license – when Katie Couric’s perktitude comes across the screen.
She’s all blond highlights and muscle-faced now, and gone now, sadly are the chipmunk cheeks.
“None of us want to think about our teens doing it – oral sex. What do they know? What don’t they want you to know?” [paraphrase]
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Startled is the word.
This show was amazingly, um, well let’s just say, I’m just glad they didn’t quite reveal any of these young gentlemen and young ladies ages. The show was about what parents think they know about their kids and how much more the kids really know.
I don’t have kids so maybe I shouldn’t have watched it.
It was about Couric asking these barely-teens to describe certain terms: “What does “friends with benefits mean?” “What does ‘hook-up’ mean? C’mon Katester – hook-up? Were you an extra in “Blast from the Past? or what?
To be more fair, really I think she knew what all these terms meant but wanted to hear it in their words. Journalists have to ask a lot of stupid questions for good quotes (they can’t quote themselves).
Still, I guess the good news in all this was that 70 percent of the kids had never “done” oral sex. The kids in nursery school, that is.
Check that link above for a little more context. I really don’t know quite what to believe; whether these kids were filling out a form anonymously or whether people were being questioned by someone seems to be critical to the answers they received. In other words whether the boys felt the need to brag and the girls felt the need to downplay their foreplay. (Sorry, you think that’s cringe-worthy you should have watched the show).
Gotta say this – Couric has balls. Seriously, the short skirt revealed plenty – she has balls. She asked tough questions – ones that, in fact, most parents are too embarrassed to ask or bring up. And you can understand why – they’re afraid of the answers – and also afraid of being lied to.
Perhaps the most shocking moment of the entire show; Katie Couric was sitting over on one side of the room – these 20 or so boys and girls were seated on cushions and chairs, a junior school picture of raging hormones and ernestness. And as the end credits roll, Couric leans over, crosses her legs and points at one guy and curls her finger, beckoning him over; a question on her lips, one she’s clearly been dying to ask all night:
Do I make you horny, baby?
PS I think the show will help – and I turned it after the second commercial break to watch Magnum PI. Did you know Higgins was actually Robin Masters?