Mannequins and MTV

This is the best thing I saw today:

If you can’t make it out, that’s material knitted to resemble my favorite thing–a pigeon! I like that it’s a fake pigeon pecking what appears to be a real plant. This is exactly the kind of window display I would put together if that were my trade.

Here’s the first image that comes up when you do a Google search of “worst window displays”:

I was expecting something worse than that, to be honest. There’s nothing all that shocking about it. Though the mannequin on the right looks a lot like a Canadian man I once knew.

Here’s “bad window displays”:

I appreciate that the smallest mannequin’s eyes are being covered. I hate when tender-aged mannequins are exposed to explicit sexual acts.

That reminds me of a newspaper article from today’s New York Times about the new MTV series “Skins.” There have been ads ALL OVER the subways the past couple weeks. I didn’t catch the premiere Monday night, but I suspected that the show involved teenagers doing drugs and having sex. And the article confirmed that and then some, saying, “In recent days, executives at the cable channel became concerned that some scenes from the provocative new show ‘Skins’ may violate federal child pornography statutes.”  That’s because all of the actors MTV gathered are under 18, the youngest being 15, and they’re filming scenes featuring “simulated masturbation, implied sexual assault, and teenagers disrobing and getting into bed together.”

I don’t care if it is a realistic portrait of life for modern day teenagers.  It still upsets me.  It mainly upsets me because I was not this breed of teenager.  I was not wild and adventurous, trying new substances and boys at every turn.  I was naive and confused and awkward.  The kids in these ads plastering the subways are sexy and confident and know how to apply makeup so well.  Is this realistic?  Or is this just the reality that MTV wants to sell and attract impressionable viewers with?

2 responses to “Mannequins and MTV

  1. Hello Madame Librarian,

    The “Culture or Cult of Bad Taste” continues unabated. I don’t like ‘reality’ shows. Never have. Too much posturing by ill-informed, self-important, and unlettered, usually, people.
    I’m reminded of the quote by the late Philip K Dick.
    “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”
    Like you, I knew sex and drugs were favorites of a lot of people but they kept it private-not public. Generally, if I want to see an artistic display, I have to visit a museum.
    Oh well, live and let live….


  2. I feel like there may be less “impressionable” viewers out there than we think – there are lots of kids who are already as sexual as the kids on “Skins,” and there are also lots of kids who are so encouraged to be individuals that they don’t even notice pop culture – but it really is a shame when kids get the feeling that they’re missing out on something.
    When I look back at my teenage years, I realize that the most obnoxious feeling wasn’t genuine loneliness or lack of sex or any of the stuff I thought it was- it was the IDEA that I was missing out on something. The idea that I wasn’t consuming the lifestyles I saw in mass media.
    So this subject is interesting to me. I always go through a cycle of feelings on it. 1) Fuck the media. 2) It doesn’t really hurt everybody… maybe I was just sensitive. 3) Still, fuck it.

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