I don't know how many of you sharp feminists out there watch the CW's Gossip Girl, but those of you who don't missed out on a rarely televised occurrence last night: female masturbation. Last night's episode opened with a scene of teen queen Blair Waldorf masturbating to a fantasy of bad boy Chuck Bass performing oral sex on her. When interrupted by her housekeeper, Dorota, Blair said she has to "finish something" before school, and she ducked back under the covers to, well, finish.
Now say what you will about the evils of Gossip Girl (and this Washington Post article says plenty), but I can't think of another teen show that would portray a young, female, protagonist taking her sexuality into her own hands, so to speak. Sure, Gossip Girl promotes consumerism, unhealthy body images, and just plain teen nastiness, but it is also telling young girls (and boys) that it's okay to masturbate. I mean come on, Blair is cool and she does it, so why can't they?
I am racking my brain to think of another teen queen masturbation scene (see how that rhymes so nicely?) on primetime television, but I am at a loss. I can't imagine a scene like this happening on Gossip Girl's predecessor, Beverly Hills: 90210. Is this a first for teenage television programming? Is this a good thing, or should masturbation be kept out of the primetime television lineup?
If you ask me, masturbation is healthy, fun, and risk-free, and the more normalized it becomes for teenaged television-watchers, the better. What do you think?