Big Brother Argentina has proven itself more liberal than the American version yet again. This year they've included trans man Alejandro Iglesias who came out to his fellow houseguests in the first episode. Contrary to expectations, he was not the first contestant voted out of the reality show. He is competing to win money for transition surgery.
Our version of Big Brother is so tame compared to other countries. While the show is set up on the premise of cameras constantly following contestants locked in a big house, in reality they get quite a bit of privacy. Other countries include cameras in the showers and don't allow the house guests to have a moment to themselves. They show contestants masturbate, have sex, or simply walking around nude. There are same-sex kisses, deep conversations, and the occasional flirting.
While some contestants' history with porn [NSFW] (or future! [NSFW]) have made headlines, most of the time sexuality is swept under the rug unless it's as elementary as the basic Gay 101 questions asked to a couple of early contestants. On the pay-per-view online version of the show, the cameras show some nudity and sexual snuggling but that footage never makes in on the air.
Alex featured the video of Alejandro coming out to his fellow contestants a couple of weeks ago as a You Gotta See This video, but I want to expand it to talk about sex and mass media. I'll be part of a session at this year's Creating Change conference on the topic, so I'm curious to know: Do you see a time when US media becomes as nonchalant about nudity and sex as other countries? Would showing those aspects improve Big Brother or take away from it? How much sex is too much sex in the media? Does it change when if we start talking about LGBT-specific media as versus mainstream mass media?
What do you think?