“People like to be told what they already know. Remember that. They get uncomfortable when you tell them new things. New things…well, new things aren’t what they expect. They like to know that, say, a dog will bite a man. That is what dogs do. They don’t want to know that a man bites a dog, because the world is not supposed to happen like that. In short, what people think they want is news, but what they really crave is olds.”
— Lord Ventinari “The Truth” (Terry Pratchett)
In case you haven’t had a chance to raise your blood pressure over some idiocy today, take a look at this video clip from one of those daytime advice doctor TV shows.
What struck me about this clip was the dismissive and derisive demeanor of the doctor. I’m not sure what the host was expecting (did you notice the bunch of bananas on the podium?), but it was quite obvious that the doctor came prepared not to educate the studio audience, but to entertain them by telling them something that they already knew: kinky things are bad, shameful, and silly.
I’m imagining not just the person that wrote in, but the hundreds of people watching who might otherwise have had some interest in exploring their sexuality, and in dabbling a little in control, denial, domination, or something just a little bit different. Instead of discussing anything about that kink, the doctor chose to deride it as something foolish, with no actual explanation as to why. His brief allusion to the male hydraulics certainly has not been upheld by the thousands of men who actually use these devices on a daily basis, so except for the opportunity to rant about his exceptionally vanilla opinion, what was the purpose of him being on the show? Oh, that’s right — the target audience was middle-aged housewives. The purpose was to tell them just what they suspected; that kinky things are dangerous and unnatural.
Okay, I’ve had my little rant. I feel better now. Thanks for listening.
Well, at least there’s one woman who doesn’t care what some TV doctor has to say.