In Business Since 2001 We accept Paypal
Home Article Directory
More from Bill Platt
"Bill Platt for Book Authors" Youtube Channel
Training for Book Authors
Other Resources for Book Authors & Publishers
FictionPlots.com (350+ Plots & counting)
Please Support Our Advertisers

 
D9 Hosting


Don't Be a Boob About the Boob

Copyright (c) 2004-2021

Don't Be a Boob About the Boob

Dictionary.com defines a Boob as either:

n 1: an ignorant or foolish person n 2: slang for a woman's breast


PARTIAL NUDITY IN THE NEWS

The furor over the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show astonishes me. Granted, it was a ground breaking moment in network television programming. It was the first time in the history of a mega broadcasting event that a half-covered nipple was seen on the telly.

I don't know, but suspect it was not the first breast to be shown on network television. After all, CBS airs the Victoria Secrets Show every year, and surely some partial breasts appear in that program. But it could be argued that parents know that flesh will be seen in that program, so they know to keep their kids away from the set.

Then there is NYPD Blue. I have never actually watched an episode of this long-running television series, but I did note at the beginning of an episode a warning that the program may air *partial nudity.* Since I have never actually watched the program, I don't know what they were indicating with their warning.


MUCH ADO ABOUT A BOOB

We are not talking about the Dan Quayle *potatoe* moment here. Instead, we are talking about an image that every person has either seen or will see at some point in their lives.

A woman's breast is really a commonplace type of thing. In fact, over half of the people in the world naturally have at least two of them.

People who had a commercial interest in the Super Bowl have been jumping on the bandwagon to protest this breast:

* CBS, MTV and the NFL are all denying pre-knowledge of this publicity stunt, and offering their apologies for the incident. * AOL is threatening to seek a refund for their ad placements in this year's Super Bowl. * Pepsi is threatening not to sponsor next year's Super Bowl. * The Grammy's are threatening to exclude Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake from their awards show, unless they publicly apologize for their actions. * News pundits everywhere are putting their snickers on the incident while showing a censored version of the breast incident again and again --- as if they know everyone wants to see it again.

Even the federal government is jumping on the bandwagon:

* The FCC has launched an investigation into the now infamous breast incident.

And Presidential candidates are getting their sound bytes in:

* Howard Dean is pointing out that it is *much ado about nothing.*

How about that? Howard Dean and I agree on something. I guess there really is a first time for everything.


THE DANGER OF THE NIPPLE

Terri Carlin of Knoxville, Tennesse has filed a lawsuit on account of the nipple that harmed her.

According to the Associated Press story about the proposed class action lawsuit, *As a direct and proximate result of the broadcast of the acts, (Carlin) and millions of others saw the acts and were caused to suffer outrage, anger, embarrassment and serious injury,* the lawsuit says.

Terri Carlin has joined Dan Quayle in the annals of notorious boobs (an ignorant or foolish person).

Since when can a person suffer *serious injury* from a two second glimpse of a boob? Now, a car wreck can cause *serious injury*. A bomb can cause *serious injury*. A baseball bat can even cause *serious injury*. But, how does one propose that a boob can cause *serious injury*?

Does Terri also suffer *serious injury* when she disrobes for a shower? This is another example of a ridiculous and frivolous lawsuit.


WHAT ABOUT THE HARM TO OUR CHILDREN?

Let me tell you something. The harm to our children is not the boob that was glimpsed on national television. Instead, the harm to our children is in the reactions of all of the silly parents who are yelping about the sighting of a nipple at the Super Bowl.

Parents in the United States are scared to death that if their children are exposed to nude images, then the tender psyche of their children will be damaged in some manner. Yet, these same children are expected to grow up and have normal and healthy sex lives.

Am I the only one who sees the contradiction here?

The following joke astutely shows the fallacy behind the *harm argument*:

One day there were two boys playing by a stream when they stumbled upon a naked woman frolicking in the water. After a few moments one of the boys turned and ran away.

The first boy couldn't understand why he ran away so he took off after his friend. Finally, he caught up to him and asked, "It was interesting man, why did you run away?"

The other boy replied, "My Mom told me if I ever saw a naked lady I would turn to stone, and I felt something turning to stone, so I ran."


THE REAL HARM IS IN THE PARENTS' REACTIONS TO NUDE IMAGES

Parents want their children to be sheltered from sexual images. They want to protect their children from the *dangers* of sexual images.

Some parents will go to great lengths and tell great tales to keep the minds of their children pure and wholesome.

But, what happens in the mind of a young adult, when the dictates of their parents shift from repressive puritanism to openess towards relationships and marriage?

Parents look forward to grandchildren, but they train their children to grow up with an unhealthy attitude towards the human body and the human sex drive.


I WILL RAISE MY OWN CHILDREN DIFFERNTLY THAN MY PARENTS RAISED ME

When you consider the American puritanism towards sex, is it any wonder that dysfunction and divorce are so rampant in the American populace?

My wife knows how I feel on this issue and is agreeable to my point of view. Our older boy had to endure my wife's early fears about human sexuality, but she is pretty well come around. Well, nearly come around.

My wife is finally past my oldest boys' tendency to play with himself. We don't get mad at him for it or tell him not to do it. We do not try to embarrass or intimidate him from his natural exploration of his own body.

Very much to my mother-in-law's dismay, our four year old knows what a female breast is and has seen two of them many of times. He also knows what the male equipment is, and he knows that girls don't have the same equipment.

Our youngest is still learning how to talk.

My wife and I have agreed that when the time comes, we will not try to put our head in the sand or to try to put the heads of our children in the sand. Instead, we will talk openly about human sexuality with our children, and we will talk about the importance of choice and abstinence.

I will not pass my own dysfunctions on to my children. And you should not either. The time has come to stop being a boob about the boob.


About The Author: Shop Amazon - Top Gift Ideas
Richard *Sparky* Bryan was born into a family of Southern Baptist true-blue Democrats. Given such a rich Democratic background, Richard defied all odds to become the first registered Republican in his family's history. Richard's friends call him *Sparky* because of his tendency to elecit impassioned and heated debate on matters of religion and politics. Read Sparky's Commentaries online at: http://sparky-speaks.blogspot.com Or Subscribe by sending an email: mailto:Sparky_Speaks-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

VOTE ON THIS ARTICLE
Needs Work >> 0 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 << Excellent Article

Tell our authors what you think about their article.



Top-Level Category: Articles

10 Most Recent Articles Written by Richard Sparky Bryan

A Funny Thing has Happened on the Way to the 2004 Elections
Written by: Richard Sparky Bryan | Distributed: 2006-05-07 | Word Count: 0 | Page Views: 1347 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 0.00
Prior to Iowa, Howard Dean was the front-runner in the Democratic race for the White House. During the final weeks leading up to the Iowa Caucuses, Dean was considered the shoe-in for the nomination, and as such, Dean had implored all of his opponents to cede from the race.

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY - LIFE'S BIGGEST QUESTION
Written by: Richard Sparky Bryan | Distributed: 2006-05-07 | Word Count: 0 | Page Views: 13377 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 0.33
When did Americans stop taking responsibility for their own actions? My friend agreed that the slide began in the late 1960's with the growth of the drug culture. But he was quick to emphasize that although the sixties began the slide, the real sharp slope did not arrive until the 1990's. Along about 1993, the slide began to sharpen. It was not until early 1998 that the slope became a steep cliff.

All of Author's Articles on this site:

Most Recent "" Articles

Ann Arbor, MI Offers A Lot Of Year-Around Family Fun
Written by: Jeb Maxwell | Distributed: 2010-01-20 | Word Count: 595 | Page Views: 4011 | Votes: 8 | Rating: 1.25
Ann Arbor, Michigan is the home of the University of Michigan, a leading institution of higher education. Ann Arbor is a wonderful place to visit. The University is co-mingled with the city and greatly expands the cultural places and events available in the area.

Flowers Are The Perfect Gift For Father's Day
Written by: Wesley Berry, AAF | Distributed: 2008-02-20 | Word Count: 486 | Page Views: 5372 | Votes: 11 | Rating: 2.09
Dads everywhere have Sonora Smart Dodd to thank for getting Father's Day started. In 1909, Sonora sat in a church in Spokane, Washington listening to a sermon expounding on the virtues of motherhood. But, as she sat there, she thought about how special her own father was since it was he who raised her after the death of her mother.

Finding the Adventure in Travel Again
Written by: Helen Bergstein | Distributed: 2006-05-11 | Word Count: 718 | Page Views: 3970 | Votes: 14 | Rating: 2.64
If you want to experience adventure at every level of your next trip, you need to go beyond the usual resorts and places to stay. If you're like most travelers, personal safety remains a priority, especially in today's world. A growing number of savvy travelers have found the perfect balance between adventure and comfort.

7 Tips to Hiring a Good DJ for your Party
Written by: Kamau Austin | Distributed: 2006-05-11 | Word Count: 563 | Page Views: 4868 | Votes: 11 | Rating: 1.36
If you want to have a party that everyone will be talking about for days and years later, hire a good DJ to run your music and light show. Hiring a DJ can actually be fun. Just follow these simple tips, and you are sure to have a fabulous DJ for your party.

Building your Credit to get a Mortgage
Written by: Kamau Austin | Distributed: 2006-05-11 | Word Count: 840 | Page Views: 4925 | Votes: 11 | Rating: 2.09
You are thinking about purchasing real estate. However, you are not sure if your credit is good enough to get a mortgage. There are things that you can do to build your credit so that it is worthy of any mortgage that may interest you.

1569 Unique Ways To Get A Free Lunch
Written by: Steve Robichaud | Distributed: 2006-05-07 | Word Count: 0 | Page Views: 3116 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 0.33
Everywhere you turn - T.V., Radio, magazines, or the Internet, someone is talking about government grants. What's the real story? Does the government give away real money, to ordinary people, to use for whatever they want? Let's take a closer look:

Don't Wait to Start Your Marketing Strategy
Written by: Jo Fulkerson | Distributed: 2006-05-07 | Word Count: 0 | Page Views: 3451 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 0.33
Your novel is finished, you’ve had it edited by a professional Editor, and you’ve done the rewrites. What? You haven’t had an editor edit your work yet? This is a must. There are many editors advertising in Writer’s Digest.

NEVER Reply to an eGroup Post!
Written by: BIG Mike McDaniel | Distributed: 2006-05-07 | Word Count: 0 | Page Views: 4683 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 0.33
eGroups are collections of people subscribed to a common (discussion list) address. When one member sends an eMail message to the eGroup address, it is automatically sent to everyone else on the list. As subscribers open and read their eMail, discussion threads take shape with additional posts and replies. The attraction of eGroups is the ability to join in at your convenience as opposed to the confinement of live chat rooms.

Reasons behind Shoulder Pain
Written by: Jessica Horowitz | Distributed: 2006-05-07 | Word Count: 0 | Page Views: 4495 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 0.33
Pain between the shoulder blades, or any pain for that matter, is your body's way of notifying you that something is amiss. You should never ignore it and hope it will *go away by itself*. There are a multitude of possible causes of pain between the shoulder blades. We'll discuss common ones in this article and start with the most serious conditions first:

Effective Managers Need To Coach
Written by: Wendy Hearn | Distributed: 2006-05-07 | Word Count: 0 | Page Views: 4004 | Votes: 4 | Rating: 0.75
Bearing in mind the fast pace of business today and the need to stay competitive, it's essential that managers should be effective. They need to be especially effective with their people and this requires learning to coach. For most managers, coaching has been added to their role anyway, but the majority haven't received any training in coaching skills.

Most Viewed "" Articles

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY - LIFE'S BIGGEST QUESTION
Written by: Richard Sparky Bryan | Distributed: 2006-05-07 | Word Count: 0 | Page Views: 13377 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 0.33
When did Americans stop taking responsibility for their own actions? My friend agreed that the slide began in the late 1960's with the growth of the drug culture. But he was quick to emphasize that although the sixties began the slide, the real sharp slope did not arrive until the 1990's. Along about 1993, the slide began to sharpen. It was not until early 1998 that the slope became a steep cliff.

High Thread Count Bed Sheets. How Many Threads Does A Bed Sheet Need?
Written by: Liz Beresford | Distributed: 2004-09-14 | Word Count: 0 | Page Views: 6025 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 0.33
High thread count bed sheets, often called percale, are much advertised, but what exactly does 'high thread' count mean? You know that it means quality and comfort, but do you know why? It used to be considered good to have thread count of 180-200 but thread counts of up to 1000 are advertised these days.. So what is going on? Does high thread count always mean better quality? Is there an optimum thread count, and if so what is it?

Muzzling the Motor Mouths: Silence Workplace Windbags
Written by: Bill Lampton Ph.D. | Distributed: 2005-12-01 | Word Count: 0 | Page Views: 5850 | Votes: 4 | Rating: 0.50
During my twenty-three years in management, I dealt with blabbermouths frequently, so for the last ten years I have advised clients on how to silence the workplace windbags. Here are my suggestions for muzzling the motor mouths:

Better Than Botox is there a Safer Substitute?
Written by: Kamau Austin | Distributed: 2005-09-08 | Word Count: 0 | Page Views: 5716 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 0.33
Women since time immemorial have always looked for ways to enhance and prolong their beauty. This of course becomes more difficult as they age.

Transform Your Work Area into a Homey Environment
Written by: Ted Roberson | Distributed: 2006-02-24 | Word Count: 0 | Page Views: 5566 | Votes: 4 | Rating: 1.25
Nothing enables one to think and work better than a comfortable working environment. Especially if you have a sedentary job, you've got to have little knick knacks around that will enliven your spirits or which you can look at for inspiration or just to zone out in relaxation.

12 Ways to Promote Your Business And Website for Free
Written by: Ivana Katz | Distributed: 2005-03-29 | Word Count: 0 | Page Views: 5502 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 0.33
You are very excited!! You have finally created your own website!! But the trouble is customers aren*t knocking on your website door. Why? The most probable answer is...

Flowers Are The Perfect Gift For Father's Day
Written by: Wesley Berry, AAF | Distributed: 2008-02-20 | Word Count: 486 | Page Views: 5372 | Votes: 11 | Rating: 2.09
Dads everywhere have Sonora Smart Dodd to thank for getting Father's Day started. In 1909, Sonora sat in a church in Spokane, Washington listening to a sermon expounding on the virtues of motherhood. But, as she sat there, she thought about how special her own father was since it was he who raised her after the death of her mother.

Building your Credit to get a Mortgage
Written by: Kamau Austin | Distributed: 2006-05-11 | Word Count: 840 | Page Views: 4925 | Votes: 11 | Rating: 2.09
You are thinking about purchasing real estate. However, you are not sure if your credit is good enough to get a mortgage. There are things that you can do to build your credit so that it is worthy of any mortgage that may interest you.

7 Tips to Hiring a Good DJ for your Party
Written by: Kamau Austin | Distributed: 2006-05-11 | Word Count: 563 | Page Views: 4868 | Votes: 11 | Rating: 1.36
If you want to have a party that everyone will be talking about for days and years later, hire a good DJ to run your music and light show. Hiring a DJ can actually be fun. Just follow these simple tips, and you are sure to have a fabulous DJ for your party.

Sell Yourself, Not Your Products or Services
Written by: Bill Platt | Distributed: 2004-05-03 | Word Count: 0 | Page Views: 4803 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 0.50
Sell yourself, not your products or services. The point we need to make is that your products and services will change over time as your business adapts to the realities of the marketplace.

Highest Ranked "" Articles

Finding the Adventure in Travel Again
Written by: Helen Bergstein | Distributed: 2006-05-11 | Word Count: 718 | Page Views: 3970 | Votes: 14 | Rating: 2.64
If you want to experience adventure at every level of your next trip, you need to go beyond the usual resorts and places to stay. If you're like most travelers, personal safety remains a priority, especially in today's world. A growing number of savvy travelers have found the perfect balance between adventure and comfort.

Building your Credit to get a Mortgage
Written by: Kamau Austin | Distributed: 2006-05-11 | Word Count: 840 | Page Views: 4925 | Votes: 11 | Rating: 2.09
You are thinking about purchasing real estate. However, you are not sure if your credit is good enough to get a mortgage. There are things that you can do to build your credit so that it is worthy of any mortgage that may interest you.

Flowers Are The Perfect Gift For Father's Day
Written by: Wesley Berry, AAF | Distributed: 2008-02-20 | Word Count: 486 | Page Views: 5372 | Votes: 11 | Rating: 2.09
Dads everywhere have Sonora Smart Dodd to thank for getting Father's Day started. In 1909, Sonora sat in a church in Spokane, Washington listening to a sermon expounding on the virtues of motherhood. But, as she sat there, she thought about how special her own father was since it was he who raised her after the death of her mother.

7 Tips to Hiring a Good DJ for your Party
Written by: Kamau Austin | Distributed: 2006-05-11 | Word Count: 563 | Page Views: 4868 | Votes: 11 | Rating: 1.36
If you want to have a party that everyone will be talking about for days and years later, hire a good DJ to run your music and light show. Hiring a DJ can actually be fun. Just follow these simple tips, and you are sure to have a fabulous DJ for your party.

Ann Arbor, MI Offers A Lot Of Year-Around Family Fun
Written by: Jeb Maxwell | Distributed: 2010-01-20 | Word Count: 595 | Page Views: 4011 | Votes: 8 | Rating: 1.25
Ann Arbor, Michigan is the home of the University of Michigan, a leading institution of higher education. Ann Arbor is a wonderful place to visit. The University is co-mingled with the city and greatly expands the cultural places and events available in the area.

How to Decorate Your Home on EBay
Written by: Pamela Cole Harris | Distributed: 2005-09-14 | Word Count: 0 | Page Views: 1693 | Votes: 5 | Rating: 1.20
If you are on a budget (and who isn’t?), a wonderful place for find home decorating accessories is auction sites like eBay. But before you go a’baying, here is some advice...

The "Proprietary Blend" Nutritional Supplement
Written by: Will Brink | Distributed: 2006-02-10 | Word Count: 0 | Page Views: 2926 | Votes: 5 | Rating: 0.60
In a nut shell, I went onto cover each of these common marketing terms that are used to sell supplements to unwitting consumers and explained each in detail as to what I view as their common misuse within the market place.

Brink's Unified Theory of Nutrition
Written by: Will Brink | Distributed: 2006-02-24 | Word Count: 0 | Page Views: 1886 | Votes: 5 | Rating: 0.60
Regardless of the topic, a unified theory, seeks to explain seemingly incompatible aspects of various theories. In this article I attempt to unify seemingly incompatible or opposing views regarding nutrition, namely, what is probably the longest running debate in the nutritional sciences: calories vs. macro nutrients.

7 Steps to Successful Telemarketing
Written by: Kamau Austin | Distributed: 2006-05-03 | Word Count: 0 | Page Views: 2573 | Votes: 5 | Rating: 0.40
Telemarketing is not as easy as it looks. Telemarketing involves talking on the phone to someone you do not know and trying to convince them to buy a product, use a service, or sign up for a special offer. Many times, telemarketers fail because they are not doing the job properly.

Offer More Payment Options than your Competition
Written by: Bill Platt | Distributed: 2004-05-03 | Word Count: 0 | Page Views: 3085 | Votes: 5 | Rating: 0.40
In order to be successful online, you must provide your customers many quick and easy ways to pay for your goods and services. It is not enough to ask folks to send a money order or check to your house or place of business. You must do more.











Download an eBook today
 
Directory Navigation
Locate By Category:

ALL Categories
Arts & Crafts
Arts & Entertainment
Automotive
Business - Offline
Business - Online
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Finance
Food & Drink
Health & Wellness
Home & Garden
Humor
Internet
Nature & Pets
Real Estate
Religion
Self Improvement
Shopping
Society
Sports & Recreation
Technology
Travel & Leisure
Uncategorized
World Events
Writing & Speaking

Change Number of Results:
50 - 100 - 200 - 500
Article Reprint Rights
Creative Commons License

This work is
licensed under a
Creative Commons
License


You are not required to show the creative commons license notice when you reprint this work.
Article Statistics
Word Count: 0

Total Views: 1421

Article Rating: 0.50 of 5
Votes Cast: 2

More Articles By Author:



Last Distribution Date:
2004-04-28 15:42:01

Internal ID: #2196





All Articles are Copyright © 2001-2021 of the Defined Authors.

All other material and images on this site are:
Copyright © 2001-2021, ThePhantomWriters.com