Shortbus … and unlawful sex toys

a) Shortbus:

I went to see the movie Shortbus last night. It’s not for the faint of heart … perhaps I should say, the sexually repressed.

shortbus posterThe movie features a considerable amount of sex, often graphic, and not simulated. Sook-Yin Lee, the female lead, nearly lost her job with CBC radio for accepting the role:

The network relented under pressure, after the likes of Yoko Ono, Francis Ford Coppola and REM’s Michael Stipe rallied to her support. Now the CBC may wonder just what it agreed to. No one was prepared for just how graphic Shortbus would be. It offers the most kaleidoscopic carnival of hard-core action ever seen in a film not meant as pornography. It includes an oral feat of autoerotic yoga, a three-way pretzel of gay sex that has a guy belting the Star-Spangled Banner into another guy’s butt, and a scene of semen landing on what looks like a Jackson Pollock — a literal commingling of art and porn.

The movie’s message, delivered with an over-the-top gay sensibility, is this: sexual energy is fundamentally positive, a force for social good. It’s a message that I agree with, my Christian faith notwithstanding.

Shortbus is set in New York city in the post 9/11 context. Looking out over an orgy, one of the characters remarks, “It’s just like the 1960s, only with less hope.” It’s a funny line; but it’s also a reminder that the sexual fun and games take place in the shadow of a darker, more violent world.

Does sex really constitute the destructive force that many Christians make it out to be? Even homosexual or polyamorous sex?

It isn’t an idle question.

b) No vibes!
vibrator in a 'no' circle
Many American law-makers evidently regard (female) orgasms as a threat to society:

Under an Alabama law passed in 1998, selling a dildo or vibrator in that state can result in a year of incarceration and a $10,000 fine — and there are six other states where selling sex toys is illegal or greatly restricted, including Georgia and Texas (where schoolteacher Joanne Webb was arrested in 2003 for selling vibrators).
[emphasis and link added]

Law-makers in South Carolina and Tennessee would like to replicate this fine legislation in their states.


Selling a sex toy is illegal in states where selling a gun is legal. (Not to mention that ownership of a gun is a constitutionally-protected right!) The clear inference is, (female) orgasms are a bigger threat to society than bullets.

What a fucked-up society! But then again, I guess not.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Ryan
    Jun 29, 2007 @ 03:38:32

    LOL! Sex toys should be legalized and Guns should be banned! Sex toys promote happiness for those who doesn’t have a partner and guns don’t!


  3. alyson
    Aug 22, 2007 @ 10:51:00

    EW. this movie looks nasty. wwjd?? BAN IT. ok nasty. minors pretend their 18 and go in. FUCKING BAN IT


  4. Stephen
    Aug 22, 2007 @ 11:42:02

    Or maybe we could just keep minors out and not practise censorship?

    Personally, I’m concerned about exposure to violent movies, not about exposure to movies with sexual content.


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