Tuesday, January 6, 2009
My daughter and I are half way through our dvr'd recording of the first episode of the third episode of Rock of Love: entitled, Rock of Love Bus (cause its set on a bus, actually more than one bus). I have blogged before about my discussions of the show with my students--since it was the most watched cable show at the time. We learned a lot from our discussions. Really.
This season its tough to watch. My daughter and I had to take a break without getting much meaning or humor from it. Our only observation so far is that of the 20 selected contestants we are unable to identify one that does not have breast implants. Which is interesting since the previous two seasons "winners" both were the only women without them. They have been labeled by the press as the most "sensible". Don't ask me.....maybe my students will be able to sort it out when they return.
In the meantime we can go for the easy Teachable Moment...its an example for a discussion of cultural relativism? (she said lamely). Compare it to the Maya as discussed in this month's Archaeology magazine:
Beauty was a way to display social, if not moral, value among the Maya. The wealth they invested and pain they endured to create bodies that reflected their social beliefs make our modern-day obsession with beauty seem less excessive.
Sorry, no. Gotta argue that having seen half of the first episode, we could give the Maya a run for their money. Although, I must agree it is definitely displaying "social, if not moral, value.". Okay, okay. I'll lose the judgement and get back to careful analysis....as soon as I recover.
Oh, I forgot to mention: My daughter and I are working on the theory that this particular selection of contestants may have shifted the balance of power in the series. It would appear that Bret is now the biggest 'ho of the bunch. Roll on.