Trading Virginity for 15 Minutes of Fame UPDATED

One of the more nauseating aspects of the modern commodification and debasing of sex is the way virginity is treated like cheap coin to be spent as quickly as possible. Purity is no longer Laertes “chaste treasure,” but is now more like a midway token to be plugged into the first game that comes along. Our society’s contempt for virginity and chastity drips from the pages of every magazine and is broadcast from every TV channel. Even schools are in on the game, encouraging kids to get biddy earlier and earlier under the pretense of “sex education.”

So it really should come as no surprise at all that MTV is about to ramp up a “reality TV show” about losing it. Because, you know, nothing speaks to the majesty, mystery, wonder, and power that is human sexuality so effectively as broadcasting your immorality into millions of households in between commercial breaks.

John Nolte at Breitbart is reporting that this casting call is running (although it seems to have expired):

DO YOU WANT TO TAKE THINGS TO THE NEXT LEVEL? LIKE, ARE YOU READY TO HAND OVER YOUR V CARD? OR DO YOU HAVE A FRIEND WHO IS READY TO LOSE IT?

Young adulthood is a time for exploration. New relationships, fresh experiences and sexual firsts…

Now MTV is looking to frankly capture that journey in a new series called My First…We’re looking for adults who are ready to go all the way. Let MTV come along on your journey… as you try to lose your virginity! (Note: We will be filming whether or not you accomplish this goal… but NOT the act itself. Duh.)

If you are 18 years or older and are willing to candidly allow MTV to accompany you on the journey toward “losing it,” please send us an email.

Your “V” card? Who talks like this? Who are these people? What goes on in the sacks of mush that fill the space between in their ears, and in the twitching muscles that pass for their hearts? As a society, we used to understand the mystery and wonder of sex, which is why it remained veiled and discreet. It wasn’t because we were prudes who were afraid of sex (as proven by the higher birth rates of our ancestors), but because we knew its proper place was behind closed doors.

Everything now is about “breaking taboos,” when in fact taboos form a very valuable service: they keep things in their proper order. If every meal is a dessert, you eventually get sick of dessert and then you die. If sex is everywhere, it’s mystique vanishes, and we forget its real purpose: to bond a married man and woman, and to produce the next generation. It’s not a spectator sport. It’s not even a particularly interesting subject of conversation. If you find yourself reading and talking about and watching sex, then you’re doing it wrong.

UPDATE: MTV has backed down on this one, for now, telling Fox News “This was a preliminary casting notice, and we’re not moving forward with a pilot.”

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  • victor

    The good news is that, in this one case at least, MTV seems to have backed down and won’t be going forward with the show. I guess they figured out that the Venn diagram of people with a V-card who still watched MTV really didn’t overlap in the middle. (Duh.)

  • http://www.godandthemachine.com Thomas L. McDonald

    Just caught it and updated it. Thanks.

  • elGaucho

    I remember this happened before with another morally bankrupt show called “skins” that was canceled in the first season that basically glamorized excessive teenage sex and drug use after outrage from the show. It does make me feel a little better about my own generation to see them react negatively. But that being said I feel like MTV is just a bunch of dubstep, flashing lights, condom commercials, and other titillation. Not to mention it was the youth outreach channel for the Kerry campaign in 2004 as well as the Obama campaign. No surprise that owner Viacom, who owns nickelodeon, also inserts Michelle Obama in to various kids shows. It just seems so creepy to me its the same people in charge of children’s programming and shows such as this virgin show and skins. Where is the line drawn?

  • http://ideasaboutgodandtheworld.wordpress.com/ Alejandro

    Thank you. Thank you. I totally agree with you. Virginity is no longer a virtue, but a defect and you are a loser for being it. As a young catholic, I dislike this way of thinking and I really want to remain chaste until marrying with a fine woman.

  • enness

    Because nothing says “fresh, young, carefree” like your first bout of herpes.

    For about half a second I thought, “This could be a fun project for an infiltrator to subvert the premise and mess with their heads hard core.” Then I went, nah, waste of time.

    Do people actually watch this channel anymore? I don’t have a TV. I don’t have the foggiest understanding of cable viewers and their behavior anymore. Almost anything I could dream of wanting is on Youtube, Hulu, or Amazon.


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