The girl cast members are given a topic effecting the sisterhood, and each comments one at a time on a separate clip—how to act, what is proper, what is not proper. The comments often conflict, and that is okay. The cast members never appear together because they are not. Even the promo photo above is a collage. An occasional guy will add the male view as a counterpoint, but the spotlight is on the girls. Several topics are covered in each half-hour segment, such as waxing, masturbation, being gassy, cheating, getting dumped, that sort of thing. The topics are profane, as you must have noticed, but if they shock you, you should hear their comments. The constant bleeping of words can be annoying and unnecessary considering the context. The girls are all stand-up comedians or improv actors, and their comments, as with all humor, contain a kernel of truth. Pulling one example from memory (I forget the topic, but several would be appropriate): “Girl, you gotta keep it clean down there . . . you know? Hey, if you don’t, you might as well be a dude.”
Here is an index to 17 of the 20 episodes that you can watch on the Internet: http://www.mtv.com/shows/girl_code/video.jhtml?filter=fulleps Pick one and check it out. You will be forced to watch ads, as on TV, but they are worth it.
Which brings me to my main point. Many of my generation object strongly to this program, seeing it as encouraging promiscuity that will surely lead to the collapse of western civilization.
But increased promiscuity may not be so bad, and, not being in the game anymore, I can be objective about it. Now that sex can be safely divorced from procreation, we seem to be heading toward the old Polynesian attitude where sex is just a temporary sensual pleasure with no more profound meaning than smelling a rose, getting a back rub, or sneezing. Of course, sex meant much more to our generation, but that is the point—the importance was artificial. Today, no girl gets “ruined” by participation. Guys never did. Postponing sex for a specific time with a specific person has no more meaning than postponing a day at a spa so your . . . sigh! . . . first time will be oh-so special (cue violins). If promises have been made, then that is what is sacred, not the sex. But even a violation of that trust is no more than a symptom of a different problem that may be fixable and not the end of the world.
This is all more than just temporary teenaged attitude that will revert back to traditional conduct with a little more maturity. The mind-set has already changed, and I am just saying it may be for the best. Maybe we are making the whole sex thing too important. The younger people think so.
This is not a debate. I am not trying to convince you, but to reassure you. If you see a program like Girl Code as dragging society down, take heart. Our way was not wildly successful in bringing happiness to the world. Perhaps as a society we should stop obsessing on sex and concentrate on more important principles. Sort of of what the Pope has recently suggested.