Is A Guilty Pleasure Really A Pleasure?

According to Wikipedia (love it) a guilty pleasure is something one enjoys and considers pleasurable despite feeling guilt for enjoying it. The “guilt” involved is sometimes simply fear of others discovering one’s lowbrow or otherwise embarrassing tastes, such as campy styles of entertainment. Fashion, video games, music, films and junk food can be examples of guilty pleasures.

Can you truly enjoy something if you are feeling guilty for it during or after the enjoyment? Would I enjoy my melted butter over my vegetables at the same rate if I was feeling guilty about doing it? I think not! How can an ice cream taste as good if you eat it hidden in the kitchen, as if you were to share it with your husband on the couch? Why should you feel guilty about using the vacuum as a microphone and belting out “Simply The Best” with Tina Turner whilst cleaning the house? It just does not make sense to me that you should be feeling guilty about something you really enjoy.

If I were to list my guilty pleasures it would need to be:

  1. Wear my trackie dacks (See picture) all day Sundays (and any other day when I don’t have anything on)
  2. If anyone asks, pretend like I didn’t already have a coffee so I can have another one.
  3. Buying another pair of heels I will probably wear once and then realise they hurt to much to wear, but they still look to pretty not to buy.
  4. Hide my stack of Norwegian milk chocolate that just arrived from my mum, so my boyfriend won’t find them and I can eat them all. Guilty for hiding them, not eating them…
  5. Watch MKR encore the whole Sunday, while having coffee and chocolate in my trackie dacks on the couch while all my heels are all resting nicely.

Chocolatephoto-14Trackie DacksBut the problem is, these are all pleasures. I don’t feel in particularly guilty (maybe except for hiding chocolate, so I can have more) about these things. I just enjoy them. Maybe a guilty pleasure is just one of those expressions I translate literally, but they don’t actually work that way. In the end of the day, if it makes you feel good, it can’t be that bad for your, right?

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? I would really like your opinion on this matter.

Disclaimer: There is no secret stacks of chocolate in the house, don’t start looking.

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6 Responses to Is A Guilty Pleasure Really A Pleasure?

  1. Kristen says:

    My guilty pleasure would be having a couple of wines most nights..

    • But I bet you really enjoy them, so why be so guily about it? Remember, according to research done by and funded by wine producers, a glass of wine a day is good for you 😉


  2. sonieee says:

    Eurovision 🙂 My husband and I love to stay in and watch it. Although, to be honest, I don’t feel very guilty about it! 😉

    • Love it! I watched the finals last night. When I lived in Norway we had Eurovision parties where we dressed up and voted for every song as the night went on! 🙂

  3. Tav says:

    you reaLLY GOT ME thinking about this since I read it…. my guilty pleasure is bargain hunting. Not going to sales, going to Target in Dandenong after a managers meeting so I can rummage through the bargain basement corner. Its the only target that has it!! Today I found 2x piccolo cups for 43c each, 3 pk underwear for $5.99 and my $18 conditioner for $6!!!! Its pleasure because I save, its guilty because people may think Dandenong is a shit hole or they have this perception of me that I only enjoy the fine/ expensive things in life. Its guilty because my husband absolutely hates it when I find things like this and spend hours going through all the junk… but I don’t care, the pleasure I get when drinking my Nescafe out of my 43c cup in my brand new underwear is priceless!

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