Attack angry anuses! See the side-effects of too much sun, sea, and sex! Banish bashfulness in the name of good health!
All direct quotes from the UK show, Embarrassing Bodies. When a show is this fond of alliteration, you know it’s worth a watch.
The basic premise is this: consenting members of the British public visit our GP heroes, Drs Christian (blond, muscle-bound, dislikes swearing), Dawn (terribly polite, likes horseriding), and Pixie (witty, arachnaphobic, and Irish) with whatever medical problems they consider odd, gross, weird, worrying, or intractable. Our heroes then send them off to specialists who try to fix the problem(s), and the patients return awhile later, to be asked about their feelings and show off their scars. And it’s all filmed for our viewing pleasure – vaginas, penises, anuses, suppurating armpits and all.
In fairness to the show, along with the high ew!-quotient, it also packs in a good bit of (mostly) evidence-based information about the range of normal, the causes of and treatments for the conditions featured, and also makes a point of featuring people going about their lives with disabilities, and/or conditions which aren’t curable – like Cystic Fibrosis, hemophilia, and achondroplasia.
But the main thing I learned from last night’s episode is that I never want to hear the following phrases ever, ever again:
- “aggressive circumcision”
- “You try to lift it up like a divot from your lawn”
- “glow-in-the-dark condoms”
- “If you’ve not had chlamydia at least three times, you can’t call yourself a player”