Girls Write Out
Wednesday, November 01, 2006

I am SO sick of seeing people in their underwear on TV. Yeah, yeah, they have great bodies, big stinkin' deal, isn't that what they're paid for? The cover of Us had "HOW DID BRITNEY LOSE THE WEIGHT?" Um, let me take a stab at this, she's TWENTY-SOMETHING? Anyway, regarding all the undressing people on TV... maybe, just maybe, they should save it for someone who actually matters to them, rather than thrust it upon the whole of humanity. Just an idea. Where did the line blur between guys wanting men to think their wife was hot to here, let me SHOW you how hot my wife is! Have we heard the word, oversharing?

I'm watching the first season of "Gray's Anatomy", which I love, but I have to tell you, I know a lot of doctors. And no offense to my MD friends, but doctors are way boring! Boring is the wrong word, they're interesting people, but they're very clinical in nature and really, not inclined to ripping their clothes off in public. I've known some of my doctor friends since high school, and not once, have I ever seen a one of them in their underwear. Nor do I want to. Watching Gray's, one would think they're popping viagra in back rooms, and they have to break to actually treat a patient.

This morning I watched "Desperate Housewives", which I cannot STAND anymore. That show is obscene and whoever writes it, HATES women because women are not that conniving, rude or cruel -- and every single character is that way. Get a new theme, you misogynist! Besides, how many murders are going to happen on one street before it gets hard to believe -- oh wait, we past that point in the first season. Do you know ANY woman who would push out a divorce and sleep with a man to get part of his new $2 million contract? Please, if she's done with him, she's done. It's not even reasonable. I'm done with that show. The lack of clothing notwithstanding. I can put up with underwear if the writing is decent. That's what Tivo is for.

But back to underwear and why it messes with my world. It's a well-documented fact that people emulate what they see on TV. So America gets it into their head, that they too, have washboard abs, boy hips and Victoria's Secret chests and more importantly, that we want it displayed prominantly in public. People, moms in low-rise jeans, office workers in low-rise jeans share far too much information with mere acquaintances. America, join with me now and look closely into your mirrors. Yes, you're fabulous, but you are not Angelina Jolie nor Jennifer Aniston, so leave your clothes ON. Actually, Jen and Angelina, if you're listening, you should put your clothes on too, it's doing nothing for you in the men department. Brad Pitt? He's prettier than you are!
Just a few fun facts for what the kids call us "real" people in this TMI style:
Chowdogs -- when the buttocks escape low-rise jeans while wearing a thong.
GLH -- girl love handles
pansa -- Spanish slang for belly fat
overhang, flabalanche or muffintop -- the fat that hangs over your pants

This has been a public service message. Hollywood, you need to WRITE well, not simply undress.
Kristin Billerbeck  
posted at 3:30 PM  
  Comments (22)
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At 8:48 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

and then there's just the bad, old fashioned case of plumber's butt that I see rather frequently at my place of work. Ewww...

I bought a really great pair of green cargos and they're low riders. My husband makes sure all my shirts go WAY down below the waistline to help me avoid the peek-a-boo issue. (I can't help it that they were THE MOST COMFORTABLE pair of cargos I've ever bought. And low riders are the easiest my short waist. If I wear any higher I'm giving my rib cage a painful massage with the waistband. I certainly didn't go low rise to show off my navel ring - which I don't have because my husband said I'm 30 and need to grow up).

Great commentary Kristin, and I SO agree with you about Desp. HW. I don't understand why women like the show it's so nasty to our intelligence. I think we're a lot smarter than the show gives us credit for.

At 9:01 AM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

Well, I was a huge fan of the show the first season. Some of the second season. Now I don't watch it. Mainly because of a certain storyline that was really convicting me. Especially after I told people I watched it and then things got bad :/

I watch Gray's. If it gets much worse I'll have to drop it. I agree it's not very realistic. At least I hope not! And yes, I could do without seeing these size 0 women in their undies. It's not great for my own self image. LOL.

At 9:32 AM, Blogger Katy said...

I just heard "muffintops" for the first time last week. Yikes!!! This has always been my question: Do women (or men, for that matter) actually think exposure of this type is ATTRACTIVE? Like, to the opposite sex?

I've always gone by this self-made motto: If it doesn't look fantastic, cover it up and spare the world. If it DOES look fantastic, cover it up and spare yourself.

I'm just sayin'.

Katy McKenna

At 9:32 AM, Blogger allen said...

THANK YOU FOR THIS POST!!! Just a few days ago I was talking to the secretary where I work and we were discussing the same thing. Women/girls are today dressing in clothes they really shouldn't and wear stuff that is anything but flattering. As a college instructor, I have seen more crack in the past three years than you'd expect to see at a plumber's convention!

re: the Victoria Secret's plastic filled, vacuous bimbo brigade - A while ago there was an add (Dove or some such thing) that had models of average weight modeling. I'm still against under-clothes in public, but at least they were real looking women.

At 9:33 AM, Anonymous Valerie said...

Ok, I love "Grey's Anatomy," but I understand your point and agree with it. I've tried watching "Desperate Housewives," but it's so silly. Teri Hatcher was better as the empowered woman on "Lois and Clark" rather than this wishy-washy character she plays now, but that's just my own opinion. (Can you tell I'm a HUGE "Lois and Clark" fan?)

Anyway, Kristin, I completely agree with you on the clothing issue. What's even more frustrating than seeing folks in the latest fashion trends who have no business wearing them is trying to find clothes that are made for someone who can't necessarily pull off those fashion trends.

As someone with hips and not-so-flat abs, it's extremely difficult to find pants or jeans that aren't low rise or whatever these days. Finding a pair of dress pants or jeans that fit me the way they're supposed to is a rarity. Oh well. Oh, and who said everything has to be tight-looking. I guess I'm too self conscious or something, but I don't want anyone seeing any fat rolls I may or may not have. :D I don't think it's pretty.

And a word to those who do wear the low-rise jeans/pants - take a good look at your rear. Do you LIKE that boxy, square look? They don't really flatter your posterior. :D Just my opinion, though.

At 9:36 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Amen and amen. I blogged about showing breasts a few weeks ago. I called my post, "I'm Tired of Boobs...Seeing Them, That Is." Got some interesting comments. One blogger calls her breasts Betty and Boop. A radio preacher said, "When the neckline meets the hemline at the waistline, that's the deadline!" Heehee.

Thanks, Kristin, for a great post.

At 10:08 AM, Anonymous Bethanie said...


i am so sick of turning on the tv or opening a magazine and seeing half naked people.

it's such a bad role model! the 9yr old i babysit after school most days often asks me if she looks sexy when she changes out of her uniform into her play clothes. i'm like YOU'RE NINE!!!!!! BE A CHILD!!!!!

and apart from the bad role models for people, and that we don't NEED to see naked bodies - we have clothes for a reason right? well apart from all that, it makes people like me who don't have bodies like that, well just more depressed eh...


At 10:41 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

Ok, I know I posted already, but I do have to put in one word of defense for the low rise. Sometimes, because of short waists and body types (me!) low rise is the ONLY option. So, let's not completely diss the low rise, rather diss the low rise wearing with short short shirts and no thought to potential "bearage" when bending over. Sorry. Just had to defend them a bit becuase my entire drawer is filled with low rise and not because i'm trying to be revealing but I'm trying to keep from tucking in my rib cage. :) I'll step down off of my soap box now... :)

At 11:00 AM, Blogger brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

You left me laughing but unfortunately, Kristin, you so right about this topic! Too bad women can't be portrayed in a favorable light.

At 11:05 AM, Blogger K.Michelle said...

I have always been of the mindset, that if I want to see someone naked, why look at someone else when I can just look at myself? I have the same things any other woman has. True, it may be a little different. But a homemade hamburger and a Big Mac are in essence the same thing, right?

As a 27 year-old, I am utterly appalled by the nakedness of our society. Men and women, alike.

It all finally came to a head for me when at my best friend's rehearsal dinner, I saw her soon-to-be husband's plumber's butt. And they wonder why I never come over to visit. The next day at the wedding I couldn't even look at him. DISGUSTING!

What's the point of wearing a long skirt, when the split is up to your backside and if the Lord sends a small wind, all your "charms" are on display for the whole world to see.

Is there any designer out there that can actually design clothes for the entire body? Please let me know if you find one!

At 11:27 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Thank you for speaking out re: "too-much-skin." I am so sick of seeing flabby overhangs, skin, cleavage, and cracks. It is not a pretty sight--and I can't believe anyone thinks it is a "turn on." Gross! Sad to say, we've had to institute the "ugly t-shirt rule" for our middle school and high school students (girls AND boys!). If we can see too much chest skin or midriff, the "offender" must wear the ugly t-shirt over his/her clothes for the day. (It was the baggiest, ugliest t-shirt we could find.) So far, it's been a good deterrent at school. Wonder what it would take to deter people out there in public?!

At 12:05 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Okay Jaime, I'll give you the low-rise pants. Actually, I have them too, but they're Joe's Jeans Booty fit, and they cover a girl's um, backside. But I am LONG waisted, so I buy my shirts special to be long. As Clinton Kelly says on "What Not to Wear", "Oh you haven't met, shirt, meet pants."

Katy, I love that quote! I found a recent picture of myself in college wearing jeans and when I could have worn the low-ride well? I have jeans up to my bra line. LOL

At 12:50 PM, Blogger eileen said...

Great post, Kristin. I'm on my way now to the tent-maker for a new wardrobe. Signed, Muffintop.

LOL You made me laugh.

At 1:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post Kristin! And everyone who commented....right on! I'm going to comment on a part of this post that hasn't been mentioned yet.

"Where did the line blur between guys wanting men to think their wife was hot to here, let me SHOW you how hot my wife is!"

AMEN, AMEN & AMEN! What has happened out there? I was shocked the first time that I heard of a guy wanting his wife to wear LESS in public! My cousin was always very modest and when she met and got engaged to her husband, he started asking her to wear "sexier" clothes. He wants her to wear bikinis on public beaches and he actually buys her more revealing tops! Stuff that dips lower and shows the midriff! Now, she is certainly one who CAN wear it, but what I couldn't get was that HE wants her to! He wants other guys to see her IN PUBLIC so he can be like, "Yah, that's my wife." Does this seem wrong to anyone else??? My brother does the same with his wife (she actually was a model before marriage and kids) and it frustrates me to no end. And not because I, unlike them, cannot pull it off. I would be hurt and insulted if my husband wanted me to show more skin so his friends and other guys could ogle me. Any women out there fed up with this??

Okay, I'm ranting, but really great post Kristin! I look back at the way women dressed in the past, way past, and think "they had no trouble attracting men." Men don't really need the encouragement of revealing clothes and too much skin to find a woman attractive.

So women, let's cover up and show some pride! We're worth more than this, even if T.V. says it's the norm. Let's take back our dignity and quit believing that revealing is the way to go!!

Okay, I'm taking a deep breath and also jumping off the soapbox. :-)

Fully (appropriately) clothed,

At 4:10 PM, Blogger Katy said...

Kristin--You say, "I had jeans up to my bra line." What's even more impressive about this is that you actually HAD a bra line. :)

I hear more and more about girls who don't want a panty line to show and so they DON'T WEAR PANTIES! My daughter and I went shopping for her wedding gown last week. The saleslady in this classy shop said she has helped girls into dresses and when they take their pants off, they are commando! And then they pull panties out of their purses like THAT'S where chicks keep panties!!!!

Dang, ladies! We don't want your underwear to show, but please WEAR some!!!! ;)

Katy McKenna

At 4:47 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Katy, that seriously grosses me out. It makes me long for the thong line, in fact. LOL Anonymous, you know, I think those men have issues they're playing out on their wives. A man who truly LOVES his wife wants to protect her, not use her. Anonymous, I'll bet those women in your life crave a man like yours who accepts them.

Think about the how all the models get dumped so badly and publicly. You can have those men. They aren't in fact, men!

At 4:51 PM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

Couldn't agree with you more, Kristin. I am sick of not being able to find clothes worth wearing.

At 8:09 PM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

Ok, I'm a HUGE fan of Grey's, or is it just McDreamy? Hmmm. Oh, ok, back to the subject at hand. I have simply one comment, one I share OFTEN with my teen daughter...."I'm called to be a GODLY woman, not a gaudy woman." 'Nuff said.

At 9:57 PM, Blogger Tina said...

Funny post. You are so right.

And I haven't been over here in a few days. I LOVE the new look ladies! It's looks great!


At 2:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Post!

At 9:55 AM, Blogger Jennie said...

All so true! I see families in public with their " half-naked, so called trendy" teenage daughters and it makes me sick. Why would any father want some older man (his age or older) looking at his 15 year olds body? SICK! I must say, I also have a thing against those shorts or pants with writing on the rear...same issue...why draw a mans attention to your child’s body. YUCK! Dads: Take care of your daughters!

At 5:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this is so yesterday :), but I couldn't resist the topic. I took my kids to the beach two weeks ago, and I kid you not, saw a 70-year-old lady in a bikini. Now, it would have been one thing if she had been a Masters marathoner with a very fit body. Instead, she bore a strange resemblance to John Goodman, which did not make for a very picturesque view. When I say something about this type of attire on the beach, my husband insists that people are wearing it for the sake of a tan. But, I have to ask, is that lady planning to parade around with a bare midriff showing off her tan belly? This image really bothers me for some reason.

I was shocked again today when I went to a continuing education seminar. I was standing in line with a group of accountants when a middle-aged man walked up in a pair of tight RED leather pants. Either he was in the wrong seminar, or he has done one tax return too many, and is having a major mid-life crisis.

How does one account for this terrible taste? Do these people have no pride? Or am I just superficial?


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