Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 07/21/2009

MTSS goes CC

Remember when I posted that video from the fantabulous Midwest Teen Sex Show? Well, I just found out, thanks to WMC, that Comedy Central invited MTSS to make a full-length pilot episode this summer that could get picked up.

It’s true, I have a few issues with Comedy Central, including some messed up gender dynamics they have over there. At The Daily Show, there are no official female writers. Samantha Bee is a correspondent and occasional writer, as is Kristin Schall, but that’s it. And according to Courtney at feministing, a friend who auditioned for a stand-up series on Comedy Central was told that they will only sign five women maximum. Out of around 30 total. 

Because, as anybody knows, women aren’t funny. And to quote the brilliant author of that article, “please do not pretend not to know what I’m talking about.” 

Tinas show (30 Rock...yessss) got 22 emmy nominations, but no, shes not funny, not at all

Tina's show (30 Rock...yessss) got 22 emmy nominations, but no, she's not funny, not at all

Forget Tina Fey. Forget Kathy Griffin. Forget Sarah Haskins. Forget about millions of other women. Women aren’t funny. Or maybe they’re not funny because the public is only exposed on a larger scale to funny men? WELL THERE’S A HEAD SCRATCHER. 

Anyway, back to MTSS (my tangential ways must be stopped). Comedy Central may have redeemed themselves a little bit on this one for me. 

Considering that since 1995, comprehensive sex education has been on the decline in favor of abstinence only sex education. Well, after all, it’s the only Jesus-approved sex education (well, this may not be from Jesus’s mouth PER SE…but we’re pretty sure it’s what he wanted. Yeah…pretty sure Jesus didn’t like TEENAGE WHORES). It’s also the only form of sex education that will be completely useless if you, like 46% of 15-19 year olds here in the US, have sex.

I am dead serious when I say that MTSS should be incorporated into COMPREHENSIVE SEX EDUCATION. In addition to straight up information, I think it would really capture teens attention (I don’t think, actually, thousands of people, mostly ages 13-24, watch their episodes every month). 

What the hell is wrong with injecting humor into what is inevitably an awkward situation? You’d think all the gym teachers stuck with the job of talking about sex, having to face those equally amused and horrified teenage faces, would want to hand the job on over to somebody else. Somebody who could probably do it better. Like the MTSS cast. 

 

Derek Dye: the (non) sex education clown. for reals.

Derek Dye: the (non) sex education clown. for reals.

And if it’s on Comedy Central, well then that’s just a wider opportunity to reach all the poor souls who are still subjected to abstinence only clowns (literally), like the kids in my home state of Ohio.

Because “having sex before you are married is just like juggling machetes!” and “sex before marriage will destroy all of your life’s dreams!”

Thank god for MTSS. Humping cows beat an abstaining clown any day.

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We win.

 

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  • Laura @ at 1:40 pm, July 21st, 2009

    Do you know how excited this makes me? I love MTSS and yes, it does have some really valuable information. I just wish more people knew about it, and this seems like a good way to spread the message.

    I really hope the pilot gets picked up!

  • Robin S. @ at 2:11 pm, July 21st, 2009

    I’m just worried that Comedy Central would try to encourage the show to be more about how LOL SEX IS FUNNY!! than providing the kind of information you should get in sex ed classes in a funny way.

    But I’ll be optimistic about this one. If the show is picked up and does stay the same as it is now, that would be fantastic news for EVERYONE. Even in places with comprehensive sex education (like where I live, yay!), abstinence is talked about nonstop as the only way to truly be “safe.” Even if you do teach different methods of birth control and all that, ultimately you’re sending the message that sex is bad and scary if you promote abstinence above all else, which will probably make teenagers who do have sex more ashamed to talk about it and therefore maybe even less likely to be safe about it. Having something like the MTSS that doesn’t try to make teenagers feel bad about making the choice to have sex is definitely a good thing anywhere it’s shown.

  • Brenna @ at 2:55 pm, July 21st, 2009

    I’ve been excited about this since I first heard about it, and apparently they will be keeping the style that they have now. I can’t wait!

  • Kelli @ at 2:13 am, July 23rd, 2009

    It’s good that they’re actually doing this! I mean, when you have to have sex ed class with one of the teachers you see every other day is 1. awkward! 2. most think school is boring and wont even be paying attention and 3. they make it dont make it funny, they make it weird! And then you have the opposite with MTSS.

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