Since When Did Beavis and Butt-Head Take Over Progressive Media?

beavis-buttheadFor a while now, I’ve been unable to avoid an obsession that seems to have taken over the world of online progressive media.  It seems a day can’t go by where this topic doesn’t show up on my news feed or my Twitter at least once or twice — and oftentimes more than that.

It’s not “Obamacare,” the tea party, Sarah Palin or the NSA.

Oh no.  The subject of which I’m speaking about is a little less political.

It’s the obsession towards anything and everything involving the male penis.

What the hell is this obsession with several progressive media sites constantly reporting stories about penis?  The Huffington Post (a site which actually does provide a lot of really great content) is the main culprit I see suffering from this obsession.

A simple stroll over to their website will currently give you 78,100 results if you type “penis” into their search box (the number varies slightly for whatever reason, but has consistently been right around that total).

For a little context on that number, if you type in:

  • “Tea party” you’ll get around 89,900 results
  • “John Boehner” you’ll get around 41,000 results
  • “Democrats” you’ll get  around 145,000 results
  • “Harry Reid” you’ll get around 38,200 results

So if you think you’ve been seeing a lot of fluff stories about “penis” in your news feed lately, it’s probably not your imagination.

And most of these stories aren’t about men’s health.  Nope.  These are mostly stories about average penis size, or some random whacko getting their penis caught in a toaster, or about how a church is said to have a shape like a penis.  (Okay, that last one is funny, but did it really need a followup story as well?)

But it’s not just them — several other liberal blogs and “news” sources I visit have seemed to follow this trend as well.  If you type “penis” into their search box, you’ll get several pages on their site where the term is used.  Again, with most stories not being some in-depth look at men’s health, but some random garbage story about something penis related.

It’s as if Beavis and Butt-Head are sitting at the main offices of these sites, laughing to themselves, “Uh huh huh huh huh—they said penis.  Yeah, yeah, penis story, let’s print it Butt-Head!”

I mean seriously, what the hell is with this obsession?  Are they so desperate for traffic that they’ll stoop to these levels?

Now don’t get me wrong, these off the wall random “non-serious” stories have their place.  I’ve just noticed “penis” seems to be the one topic that some of these sites are flat-out obsessed with.

It’s like these sites have people hired to scour the internet looking for any goofy or terrifying story related to a penis.  Then, as these stories are found, they push some red button on their desk to make sure that story gets published within the hour.

I mean, come on Huffington Post — 78,100 references to penis?

If you type the word “penis” into our search box here at Forward Progressives you’ll get exactly one result (aside from this story) — and that’s in an article written by Arik Bjorn exposing conservative hypocrisies related to the Bible.

I’m not begrudging a site if they want to do a few “less than quality” or click-driven news stories now and again, but this obsession with penis I’ve seen from many progressive sites has just gotten a little ridiculous.

I guess that in the end, sex sells — and that might explain why there are about 110,000,000 references to “sex” on the Huffington Post, and only about 66,000,000 references to “Obama” on the site.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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