April 3, 2009

Self-censorship in the Onion

As comedy, this Onion article falls apart quickly, despite a strong opening.

In recognition of her groundbreaking work treating life-threatening diseases of the privates, renowned hoo-ha specialist Dr. Victoria Lazoff was awarded the Nobel Prize in Lady Medicine this week.

However it ends with a lesson to newspapers everywhere about how preposterous their self-censorship efforts sound to normal adult readers.

"We should be encouraging an open dialogue with our young women, one that isn't constrained by some outdated facade of 1950s morality," Lazoff said to a crowd of people looking down at their shoes. "I cannot say this clearly enough: Ladies, please, make an appointment to get your annual [looksie-doo], especially if you are [seeing a fella] or have experienced pain or sensitivity in your ['Hello, my baby! Hello, my darling! Hello, my ragtime gal!']."

Added Lazoff, "It is time for this country to begin having a frank discussion about the [sound of loud, extended train whistle]."

Posted by Daniel Radosh


I just wish we could see more mother (attempting to conceive again) articles like this one.

This is probably the best time to tell you that I've always thought your judging of the anti-caption contest [traveling salesman's half-shouted expression of high praise for his super-deluxe, cyber-amalgamated, electromechanistic, new vacuum cleaner]

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