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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Sexy TV

Washington Post:

Teenagers watching television are bombarded with nearly twice as many sex scenes as seven years ago, according to a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Sex, lots of sex. Sex, sex, sex. Casual sex, dirty sex. Hot, sweaty, recreational sex with desperate housewives on expensive, carved, imported-from-Italy dining tables. Adolescent girls performing oral sex on middle-aged managers of expensive clothing stores in backrooms jammed with nekkid mannequins in exchange for some of that expensive clothing -- plus accessories! In the slightly more than 1,000 shows scrutinized in the study, nearly 4,000 scenes had sexual content, compared with fewer than 2,000 in 1998, when the foundation started studying TV sex. And yet the rate of teen pregnancy in this country has plunged by about one-third during approximately the same time.
Wow, its almost as if teenagers are thinking beings able to make decisions and not mindless automatons that are controlled by the Television they watch! There is room for legitimate discourse about the content of what is broadcast over the public airways (not cable) and certainly I believe in ratings and content advisory information on programs but the idea that television causes damage to kids and the we need to control it For the ChildrenTM has little merit.


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