Girls Write Out
Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Can we just talk a minute? My family watches TV together, as I imagine most do. To say our commercials are getting a little--uh--frank, is something of an understatement. Between feminine product commercials and certain male medications, it's getting a little embarrasing to watch TV together.

Do we really need to see feminine products riding rollercoasters, withstanding a forceful spray of blue water, being put through a rigorous gymnastic routine? "What's that for, Mom?" Not exactly the way I wanted to initiate the talk with my eight-year old.

Do we need to see E.D. commercials that warn of--uh--certain side effects? I gotta say, as the only female sitting in a living room of males, it can get a little uncomfortable. "Mom, what's erectile dysfunction?" These commercials run continuously during sporting events.

Preparation H, Gas X, Summer's Eve . . . the list goes on. Hey, I know they have to sell their products, make a living. But is it too much to ask for a little tact?

Denise Hunter  
posted at 8:54 AM  
  Comments (13)
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At 9:57 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

I love eating in front of the TV, but lately? Not so much. Very ew. Glad we're tracking on this, lol.

At 11:09 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

ONe word: TIVO or DVR, then it's not an issue. I started when I saw more women in underwear than dressed. Who needs that kind of pressure? Kb

At 11:22 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I agree with you! I hate the commercials, there is one I saw recently for Vagisil that about put me over the edge it was so nasty.

Kristin is right, I think the DVR is the best invention ever! I love being able to record and then zip right through everything. It frees up time too, instead of an hour watching something it takes just 43 minutes! LOL

At 1:46 AM, Blogger Anna Marie said...

Yes, I just saw that commercial the other day with the feminine products riding rollercoasters.I told My Mom who wasn't looking "Look what that they done! Putting that on a rollercoaster!" My Mom say "What?" I didn't know what to say I'm 24 years old and this product still embarrass me.
As A women feminine products taking a rid on a rollercoaster is NOT going to make me what to ran out and get there product .

At 7:45 AM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

TV and tact? Sounds like an oxymoron to me. I totally hear you on the TV ads. Not to mention the cheesy factor in some ads. I live in a testosterone-laden house too, so when commercials for "girly diapers" as my son once called them came on, my teen boys suddenly find something that needs to be done in the other room.

At 8:27 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

LOL Lisa!

K, we do finally have DVR, but you can't get men to watch their sports on it after the fact. LOL And that's mostly what our TV is used for. I'm as disgusted with you at the underdressed women.

At 1:08 PM, Blogger Deena said...

I for one would LOVE to see commercials promoting your THAT would be worth watching:-)

At 1:40 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh sports is bad, you are so right. Those commercials are filthy! I think what made us turn off football for good was when that beer ad with the wrestling half dressed chicks came on. It was like, you know, I don't think our boys are ready for that kind of vision of women.

At 1:49 PM, Blogger Leslie said...

It gets even worse after 11 at night. The other night I was chatting on IM and had the tv on for background noise. Heard a commercial and went, what?!?! Rewound...yep, they said what I thought they said.

Apparently the "O" word is now allowed after 10pm- for commercials. Won't be long before its on regular primetime tv.

At 3:44 PM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

One can always hope for kids as dumb as I was. As a girl of eight or so, I remember reading my grandma's "movie magazines." (The equivalent of People or Us Weekly.) In the back was a discreet ad for a book to teach young girls the facts of life, including information about the use of "sanitary napkins."

Coming from a large family of cretins as far as table manners were concerned, I so wished I could order that information!! I thought it was an etiquette course. :)

At 4:52 PM, Blogger Kay said...

we got rid of TV. How counter-culteral is that?
I only miss it occasionally. I get more time for reading this way. The kids use our set for video games and we rent movies, but no tv. And I really don't miss the news at all either.

At 11:30 PM, Blogger Rhonda/WA state said...

I'm right there with ya with those stupid commercials. We do have satelite tv due to me wanting to see Boise State football games. (Yup. I got tired of going somewhere else to watch the games.)

We're stuck with the one year contract. I'm very close to getting "outta-there" once the contract is up in December. (So glad we had it for the Fiesta Bowl Game though.)

We were sitting with my 11 and 15 year olds watching the tube. Along comes this commercial with some girl dangling around a pole. Like in stripper pole. I about fainted. All my boys said was "Whoa!" That was on the "History" channel.

We started up Netflix again. You can get great movies and monitor what comes out of your tv.

I guess it's back to "somewhere else" for the football games.

At 1:05 PM, Blogger Chelf said...

Tact doesn't work, either. Then you have the questions: I wonder what THAT is for? Should I ask my doctor if (name that drug) is right for ME? (no, because you are female, and cannot even handle the pills.) Why would I need that? Or you get the annoying, repetitive "Head On" commercials.

I hate to be eating lunch in front of the TV, and seeing commercials for Fear Factor. Watching someone retch over the dare is not helpful to my digestion.

I think we as a nation need to turn off the TV and play more Scrabble, or do puzzles.


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