Tribeswomen in the Wild: Uncensored!

Why is it that on The Travel Channel's show, "Tribal Odyssey", they can show people naked and unblurred? Are the people on that show not human beings, just like you and I?

I don't get censorship. Why is it, on television, a naked person is always considered a sexual object, except on that show. They do censor penises, usually, and sometimes breasts and vaginas (or boobies and wieners and va-jay-jays, for those of you who can't stomach the technical terms and prefer to refer to sexual organs the way a six-year-old would), and I'm not really sure why sometimes they blur "naughty parts" and sometimes they don't. I wish someone from the FCC would explain this to me.

Regardless, these people are human beings; they talk; and they have feelings just like you and I. Oh yeah, and the women have breasts. From what I remember when I was 13, the boys I went to school with went absolutely bananas over a picture of a topless tribal woman in National Geographic, so mothers beware. You don't want your little boy watching this filth.

At first I thought maybe the FCC was just racist and sexist, considering that most of the uncensored organs are breasts and most of the tribes are of African origin, but then I thought of this show I saw on BET. It was a "crumping contest", I believe, and there were two black women shaking their bodies in ways that seemed impossible, just like some of the tribal women on the show. I thought about it and decided that if those two women were naked on that stage doing the exact same thing uncensored, it would be an atrocity. You could even replace them with tribeswomen. No one would be able to tell if they were tribeswomen or naked American women; they would just become naked women. The gray old Filthy Conservative Crybabies (aka"FCC"; I call them filthy because you know they enjoy getting to view and critique the dirty parts of everything that they cut out for everyone else to see) would probably drop dead if anything like that ever made it on television. (So here's to hoping it does). I hope that whole crumping comment didn't come off as racist or stereotyping; I'm a white girl; I cannot make my body move like that; you black chicks impress me with being able to do it.

Anyways, the FCC probably views these tribal people as heathens, since no one has taught them the Word of God, and they're all going to Hell anyways, so who cares? They're just like animals. It's like watching the little meerkats scurry around on Meerkat Manor on the Discovery Channel - the show makes them seem human, but they're really so far below us. We Americans are as human as it gets. We're never naked, so why show it on television, right? We're civilized and wear polyester and spandex and huge bug-eyeball-like sunglasses. No one should see such civilized, refined beings naked on mainstream television.

The European countries do it right. Nudity is normal there; it's on TV shows and commercials. Children see it and accept is as a part of life. American children learn that it's naughty and bad and grow up with complexes and insecurities. My parents caught me looking at a Penthouse magazine when I was 6, and they yelled at me like I'd just murdered my sister or something, and look how I turned out, writing things like this.

So the problem isn't that the Travel Channel isn't censoring nipples; it's that America censors everything else. I guess nudity is bad because the Bible says so. Too bad no one has taught the tribespeople that yet. We can go into a country and try to quell a war that's been going on for ages because we think our way of living should be imposed there, so why not start a "War on the Bare-er" (Okay, that term is cheesy, but it's the only thing I could think of that rhymes with "terror") and go in and clothe all of these tribes? Nike and The Gap could sponsor it, and they'd get free advertising on the show. Maybe we could even start writing scripts for the tribes. It would be like a "real" reality show then.

Anyhow, we should all learn to be comfortable with nudity. We can change our clothes, but not our skins, and if we are raised to see our skins as something bad, we can never truly feel comfortable being a human animal. I guess that's what America and religion is all about: what we can make ourselves feel uncomfortable with and torture ourselves over. We're a nation that's insecure, depressed and stressed, and that hides behind clothes, makeup, bug-eyed sunglasses, religion and security. I almost envy the tribespeople (I may want to join them after people read this article).

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