If there’s one thing the world will apparently never tire of, it’s policing young women’s sexuality. Be cute, but not like that. It’s okay to be sexy, but only in the ways that I think are decent. I can’t consider context, because I’m too distracted by your breasts. Congratulations, Dianna Agron and Lea Michele, you’re the lucky winners of this week’s global tsk-tsking. It’s okay to wear schoolgirl outfits, talk dirty sometimes, and be sexually aggressive, but only if you do it as a character on a TV show. If you do it in a magazine, you’ve disappointed Katie Couric.
Couric said on the news last night that she was “disappointed” and that the spread didn’t “fit the Glee gestalt.”
And Couric wasn't the only one. The women on The Talk were similarly incensed. Calm yourself, Julie Chen: Do eight-year-olds really watch Glee? It doesn't really seem right for them -- unless third-graders are suddenly way more into musical montages about losing one's virginity than I remember.
Must we ribbon-out Lea Michele’s fully covered groin? (The Parents Television Council called this “full frontal.” I…do not think that means what you think it means, PTC.)
Finally, the women of The View, plus Patricia Heaton, also registered their disapproval yesterday. You can’t pose like that, ladies, because some boys might go to 7-11 and leer at the pictures. And because Sherri Shepherd has a son. Only Barbara Walters seemed to be aware that the actors are actually adults, and they can do what they want! Team Barbara! Watch the full episode here.
I find the photos trite, and I think Terry Richardson is a total creeper. But the idea that there are children grabbing GQs off the shelves in grocery stores – is that really supermarket fare? – and thus corrupting their pure innocent minds with images of grown adults in underpants is completely ludicrous. Why are we so terrified of young women expressing any kind of sexuality?