The Buttocks is not an excretory organ

… but it might be a sexual organ…

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a $1.4 million fine against 52 ABC Television Network stations over a 2003 broadcast of cop drama NYPD Blue….The fine is for a scene where a boy surprises a woman as she prepares to take a shower. The scene depicted “multiple, close-up views” of the woman’s “nude buttocks” according to an agency order issued late Friday.

The agency said the show was indecent because “it depicts sexual organs and excretory organs , specifically an adult woman’s buttocks.”

The agency rejected the network’s argument that “the buttocks are not a sexual organ.”


Hey, I looked on YouTube for a clip of the offending scene, and could not find it. But I did find this:


  1. #1 Nelson Muntz
    January 26, 2008

    It just goes to show this jerk doesn’t know his ass from a hole in his butt.

  2. #2 Jillian Quinn
    January 26, 2008

    As of 2003, the anus was legally declared not a sexual organ when a Supreme Court ruling knocked down sodomy laws across the US. I was working in a fetish shop in Texas at the time, and though we could still not sell anything that was intended for insertion in the vagina (“massagers” and “educational models” were fine, I just couldn’t tell customers they could be used for sex), it became fine to say “this goes in your butt.” I have to assume that since the hole isn’t a sexual organ, the lumps of flesh flanking it aren’t, either.

  3. #3 Alan Kellogg
    January 27, 2008

    When correctly viewed
    Everything is lewd
    I can tell you things about Peter Pan
    Or the Wizard of Oz, there’s a dirty old man!

    Tom Lehrer, Smut

    Note that for 13 year old boys the words “nude” and “woman” in the same sentence can be enough to trigger ejaculation.

  4. #4 Michael Cook
    January 27, 2008

    Are mouths sexual organs too?

  5. #5 Greg Laden
    January 27, 2008


    I think you are asking the wrong question. Or, actually, the right question for the wrong reason. Do not conflate the buttocks with the anus.

  6. #6 Greg Laden
    January 27, 2008

    As of 2003, the anus was legally declared not a sexual organ when a Supreme Court ruling knocked down sodomy laws across the US.

    I may or may not disagree with this ruling, but it is not relevant. The buttocks and the anus are not the same thing. Conflate the two at your peril!

  7. #7 WTJ
    January 27, 2008

    agree with Greg, buttocks and anus are not the same thing. But it still confuesed me, is buttocks an organ? (sorry for asking dumb question)

  8. #8 Greg Laden
    January 27, 2008

    No, buttocks is not an organ. They are part of two organs, muscle and skin.

    However, and this is where people are getting confused, an “organ” can be a metaphor or an indirect reference. The human buttocks are a “sex organ” in the same way that people say “the most important sex organ is the brain.”

  9. #9 the real cmf
    January 27, 2008

    so now you are saying “some people don’t know their organ from their grinder?”