Three 20-something women trying to figure out what it means to be lay, Catholic, and modern all at once.

September 13, 2010

Are You Normal?

After a long first week of school I decided to take myself to a salon and get a pedicure. I only treat myself to this rarely, but, after all, I stand on my feet for about 5 hours a day, and they are taking a beating. While in the chair, trying to relax my toes, I picked up one of the many magazines available for patrons. I honestly can't remember which magazine it was, but as I was leafing through it, I came across a feature page called "Are You Normal?" This particular month's question was "Are you normal about porn?"

What kind of question is that? What is normal about porn?

Although I was disgusted by it, I was so fascinated that this was even a feature piece, so I glimpsed at what was said (clearly aware that by their standards, I am not normal about porn). There were quizzes and polls to be taken and read, indicating that it was totally casual to watch with your boyfriend and not anything to be ashamed of. How would that conversation about what to watch on television even go down?!?!

Then they had a section called "The Next Best Thing," which featured something besides porn that helped attract you to a man. Some common responses about attractive men included a man that is put together and dressed nicely or a man who opens the door for you. How are these things secondary to pornography in attracting a woman to a man? How are these the "next best things"?

Unfortunately, I was more riled up after my pedicure than when I had entered. Forget relaxing my feet; these suggestions about what is normal simply made my toes curl.


Paul said...

Although I have no evidence for it, my suspicion is that there are a lot of people that don't accept "normal" as promoted in various magazines, etc. I think part of what sells magazines is pushing the envelope a bit. The same reason you read the article (or skimmed it, rather) is the reason a lot of other people would be interested in it. This sort of stuff sells magazines.

So while it's a great big mixed up world out there, and there are a lot of sick ideas being taken as "normal" by some people, I don't think it's as bad as it looks through the rather distorted perspective of pop magazines.

Or it could be that I'm out of touch, but I sure hope it's not just that.

Rebecca said...

What?? That's so horrible - guess I'm not "normal" either! Prayers for those who do consider that normal : (

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