So in between sneaking around the Ugly Betty set and tagging historic buildings with “I hate puppies…and The Ghost Whisperer” in Tagalog, Tanis told y’all about what she wishes were on TV. Her choice was the Pot Psychology series on Jezebel and I wholeheartedly agree. Love Rich and love Jez’s Slut Machine. But what else do I wish were on TV?
Sarah Haskins! If you don’t know, she’s on Current’s program Infomania and she has been doing a series of videos called “Target: Women,” all about the way the world is marketed to female people. You may have seen the clip about yogurt, which, if you believe advertisers, is the only thing women eat. Of course, anyone who’s taken freshman psych or a marketing class knows that advertising has little to do with selling products to consumers and way more to do with selling the consumer on the products.
Like William S. Burroughs wrote, “Junk is the ultimate merchandise. The junk merchant does not sell his product to the consumer, he sells the consumer to the product. He does not improve and simplify his merchandise, he degrades and simplifies the client.” And he was talking about just heroin. Do you think a pusherman would be any more ethical when he’s selling a legal product with the backing of a multimillion dollar global conglomerate? Protip: He would not.
It’s one thing when it’s yogurt or wedding programs or even Botox–all topics Target: Women has tackled. It’s entirely another when the business is politics. There is something sacred about public service and unsurprisingly, something profane about the way many would-be public servants approach it. Like a mighty Bridezilla vanquishing Momra, Haskins takes this all on in my favorite clip, “Suffrage”: