Not next door to me So I have this fascination with a show. Not not Friends (this time). It's "Girls Next Door." Have you heard of this show? It's about Hugh Hefner's three girlfriends. I know, I know. It sounds really bad, but I just can't look away from it. Now here's the ironic part. While I was watching it the other day, David asked me, "Why are you watching that crap?" Is he kidding? It's about Hugh Hefner, Playboy and three hot chicks. Well, hot if you find bottle blonde and maybe a couple fake body parts (for some of them perhaps. But not Bridget. Hers are real. See, I just know too much about them.) hot. But what guy wouldn't? My husband. That's apparently who. I brought up these (ahem) points with him. They're young (Kendra, the youngest one, is about 21. And Holly is 25, which kind of surprised me. I thought she was around 30. Bridget is 31. They just don't look that young to me. Maybe it's all the makeup -- they just look ageless, like they could be 25 or they could be 36.), blonde and are sometimes (to say the least) scantily clad. Hugh Hefner should be his God. He has three girlfriends who live with him. But what does my husband say? "That's just weird. And I don't like that died blonde hair. And they're stupid." But he doesn't watch the show, so how would be know if they're stupid? Well, they're not. Sure Kendra apparently skipped a lot of classes in high school. (She asked if the Statue of Liberty was a real person. Though she could have meant if it was modeled after a real person, but it didn't sound like that at first. The answer, by the way, is yes. Liberty's face was modeled after the sculptor's mother. So there. But then, she did have to ask who Barbara Walters is. Oh yeah! AND she didn't know what the mile-high club is. I mean, how does that happen!?) But Bridget, she's pretty darned smart and has two degrees in communications and is working toward a master's in broadcasting. Sure it's unconventional and some people might (or do) argue that Playboy objectfies women and all that. But no one forces them into that magazine. And no one forces those girls to live in that mansion with Hugh Hefner, be waited on all the time, drive fancy cars and have their own TV show. (Um, hi Hef. Wink, wink. Oh just kidding. Calm down, people.) The girls seem to be cool people who really like each other. And they don't seem to be jealous of one another at all. I don't know how they do that. I'd be totally jealous. And they don't talk about the logistics of the situation at all, which I think intrigues me the most. How does that work exactly? Is there a schedule like on Big Love? And the guy's 80 for god's sake. How could he... oh nevermind, you get where I'm going with this. This whole topic reminds me of something else too. There's this guy who always asks me what I'm reading. His books are always political histories and such. (SNORE.) I think one day when he asks me, I'm gonna say "The History of Porn!" Just to see what he says.


Blogger Genevieve said...

I've never heard of this show... what channel is it on?

8/17/2006 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger Jasclo said...

Hey G, it's on E! (That second ! is them, not me.)

8/17/2006 12:48:00 PM  
Blogger maryann said...

i've gotta say that tho playboy doesn't force these women to pose in the magazine, stay in the house it still is a venue for objectifying women.

the fact that playboy (and hugh hefner) have become such a brand that women aspire to dye their hair blond, get fake body parts (to live up to some male ideal), wear tons of makeup and share a man who places high value on all of these things shows that there is something wrong with that picture.

and for these women, they're living in that mansion and being waited on for a price -- to provide a 24-7 fantasy for high hefner.

of course, some playboy bunnies (maybe even the three on this show) genuinely are happy doing that stuff. but i think a good many of them are fooling themselves, too.

8/20/2006 12:32:00 PM  
Blogger Molly said...

I have to admit that I totally love this show as well. I thought it sounded ridiculous when I heard the premise then I watched it once and got sucked into watching it and now I watch it every week. It is compelling television and I too wonder how they never seem jealous. Crazy!

11/01/2006 12:18:00 PM  
Blogger Malady said...

Hi Jasclo. I'm popped over from BookSwap! I am embarrassed to say that I also really really enjoy GIRLS NEXT DOOR. What a guilty pleasure! I'm always looking forward to seeing what they do next. My favorite is Bridget. Since I'm 31, I think it's great that Hef keeps someone over 25 around.

11/02/2006 05:05:00 PM  

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