Is it possible that KBOO talk radio has gotten even more tired, irrelevant and conservative? I tuned into Anni and Melody this morning for the first time in a long time and thought perhaps I had stumbled into the Christian conservative anti-sex hour. They sounded like a couple of old blue haired ladies grumbling about the porn shop that opened up down the street. Maybe they should change the name of their show from Positively Revolting to Positively Prudes.
They went to some pains to present themselves as not being anti-sex (they actually like it), just against the exploitation of women. OK, can't disagree with that and I don't, but then why spend the entire time complaining about the symbols of sexual repression in our society rather than the root source of the control?
My viewpoint would be that it's the exploitation and commodification of our capitalist society of sexuality that is wrong. This has it's roots in a Victorian mindset of denying, then controlling, then profiting off sexual pleasure. Something that should be free and open. Primal people do not have the sexual neurosis that we do, because they do not live lives based on acquisition and exploitation. It is a sickness created by our "advanced civilization".
Annie and Melody might even agree with the above statement but then why don't they start from that viewpoint and see where it leads them? Moaning about neon signs that show exaggerated female sexual characteristics or snide swipes at sexist men is inane and pointless. That's the game that many liberal conservatives play - acknowledge someone that might present a truly challenging idea or concept, praise them but quickly shift back into their MOR democratic/liberalism belief system and pretend they didn't hear what they just heard.
They actually had the nerve to suggest that Willamette Week was not dealing with the "important issues" come again? Not dealing with the important stuff? And they are dealing with them? You must be kidding. One of them them rattled off a few "important issues" that maybe the Willy Week should be dealing with: Our schools in crisis; corruption in government... Wow, those are cutting edge issues. Let's see if we pour more money in schools we'll make it more efficient for our government to stuff our kids heads with propaganda to make them good workers, soldiers, slaves for the capitalist machine. Wow, they're really getting to the heart of the issues. Oh yeah, and let's get that government cleaned up, if we can stop those politicians from taking bribes the government will be this big benevolent teddy bear working for our well being. Sure. Why not bring up overpopulation, pollution, genocides that are currently going on? They managed to come up with a few "safe" issues that made it sound like they were challening the powers that be when in truth they were carefully avoiding any truly important issues that would make them sound trite and petulant. Sorry, didn't work.
What's with the listeners? Isn't anyone out there willing to call in and question them on this crap? The few dittoheads... er I mean KBOO listeners that called basically called kissed their asses and agreed with everything (I didn't hear every minute of the show so I may be wrong about that but basically there was no dissent). And before anyone tell me "Why don't you call?" I was in a vehicle and working and couldn't - I have called in the past and asked challenging questions - Basically what happened is what I pointed out a couple of paragraphs above - I get initial praise for bringing up "an interesting point" then talked over with non-sequitors and hung up on, then they shift back to whatever mode they were in and go on like nothing happened. Basically I've given up on KBOO, other than occasionally turning on talk radio hoping that someone will snap out of their coma and say something truly interesting. Never happens anymore. There was a time, years ago, when that would happen once in a while but it seems that KBOO talk has retreated into a safe democratic/liberal/conservatism that sets boundaries that no one step over. Sad.