Profanity And Nudity: You Need To Know About This

“Controversial” is a word rarely used to describe this blog. My friends and family know that I avoid confrontation at all costs, and I choose to avoid debates about almost everything, including religion and politics. And I think my readers know that this blog is mostly about good, happy things.

Most likely, the closest I’ve come to a controversial post was this one I wrote in August of 2011, expressing my opinion about profanity.

And, today, I’m re-opening that can of worms with this post.

Last week, I learned that the FCC is considering lifting their ban on the f-word and the s-word on tv and radio. They’re also considering allowing frontal female nudity on television.  Yes, you read that correctly, folks. (And, while we’re at it, why is frontal male nudity still taboo…?) I hope you recognized the sarcasm in that last sentence.

I realize that, sadly, profanity is more acceptable these days than when I was younger. And I know there’s the Freedom of Speech aspect of things. But, honestly, I cannot imagine watching tv or listening to the radio with, for example, my 91-year old father-in-law and 86 year-old mother-in-law, and hearing that language.

And, if you’re a family, watching tv with your little children, how do you explain to them the meaning of the f-word or the s-word?

Just why are those words necessary to convey a message?

I know it isn’t the case, but I like to think that folks who use this language refrain from using it around their (or anyone else’s) children.  If the FCC goes through with this plan, children will be subjected to hearing these words through the media. Since profanity is usually uttered with emphasis, little ones pick up on those words quicker than  others.

The FCC is accepting comments from the public only until April 30.  If you would like to let them know your feelings on this matter, click on this link. In the section: “Take action”, there’s another link you can follow, with a form in which to type your comment. It’s very simple.

The sweet innocence of children; why would anyone think it’s okay for these little ears to hear such vulgarity?

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Photo by Mere Reflections

And for those of you who say that I have an “off button” on my tv and radio, you’re right. And if the FCC goes through with this, I will exercise that option….

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20 responses to “Profanity And Nudity: You Need To Know About This

  1. Well said…..somehow I missed that the FCC was rethinking their stance on profanity but David and I are of like mind when it comes to this – and we’re with you all the way……

    Pam

  2. mollieandalfie

    Totally agree with you, in a lot of what I call good films, they always have to swear, there;s no need for it and 9 times out of 10 there’s boobs.. The rating has gone down in the UK and these can be seen by 12 year olds..I’m not a prude by any means but I don’t agree with little ones being able to hear and see these things. Phew, I’m waffling..LOL xx00xxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  3. Thank you for the information and I will pass on to others as well. Sad state of affairs.

  4. I filed my complaint with the FCC & I hope your blog encourages others to do so as well. If you don’t mind I will be sharing your blog today in the hopes of spreading the word.

  5. Thank you for the link Dianna. I am going to check it out. Won’t be fun to have to listen to it on TV and it gets old in movies pretty quick.

  6. On the other hand, perhaps parents would be more vigilant in what their children watch on TV, which means advertisers would have less of an impact on them. Most shows that would use such language aren’t suitable for children now.

    • Unless the children happen to be in the room with the parents while the news is on or a sporting event….? I’m sure those words could be said during an interview.

  7. Dianna, this reminds me of the time when Bill Cosby was asked (at the height of his fame) about a new comedian named Eddie Murphy who was doing stand-up comedy. His answer: “If you have to rely on the f-word to be funny, you’re not funny.”

  8. I am in total agreement with you. Thanks for posting.

  9. So many things seem to have gone wrong in recent years. Why do people think they have to use such words? And this could include certain advertisements we see for male enhancement products. How does a parent explain that to a child? Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

  10. Wholeheartedly agree with you! I don’t know if you remember, but I too wrote a post about profanity quite awhile ago when a store clerk dropped the f-bomb in front of me, a customer.

    It really irks me when you pay good money to go to a film that has a great review and profanity is used in the movie for absolutely no good reason other than to just use it. After the f-word was used in the movie Lincoln, I turned to my husband and said, “That’s it! No more movies for me.”

    If this passes, my TV is going to be off too. I’m going to that link right now and voicing my opinion. Thanks for posting this.

  11. I hadn’t heard this so thanks for passing it on. I’m very much like you and actually wrote a post on swearing before. I will be weighing in to the FCC. It’s a shame that these words have become part of normal language for so many people…

  12. I totally agree with you. I don’t understand why any civilized society would allow nudity and vulgar words to be thrown in the face of children. It’s no wonder that children have it so tough now-a-days with all the mixed messages they’re getting. Bless their hearts.
    Thanks for posting about this. I wasn’t aware that the FCC was considering this nonsense…

  13. First, let me say that I don’t have cable, satellite, dish, or anything in that category. Regular TV is a joke these days- with reality shows, game shows, warmed-over reruns… and… the dag-on medicine commercials !!!!

    & I don’t bother with radio 😉

    I do watch a lot of movies, so I hear a lot of “questionable” language. But I see no reason why the ban should be lifted. If it is, then the entire face of entertainment will have to change; movies, video games, music, etc…
    There’s the can of worms !!

  14. We completely agree with you! We don’t have a television but we sure wouldn’t want to hear profanity. It shows a lack of education. =^.^=

  15. Thanks for the information.

  16. Thanks for the link, Dianna. I’ll check it out, too. It’s bad enough having to put up with this if one wants to go to a movie any more.

  17. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Way to go Dianna, I agree with you. I am on my way to the link! Thanks for letting us know.

  18. I’ll quote my Mom “It takes no creativity or intelligence to use such language.” And she’s right.

    I’m with you, Dianna. MJ

  19. I agree with you completely! Hadn’t heard about this. Sad if these changes occur! And even though you don’t want to be controversial, (I feel just the same about that, my blog focuses mostly on positive), good for you for speaking out and raising awareness! ~ Sheila

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