Issues in the portrayal of sexuality. The crux of the problem. Sexuality is a source of great cultural conflict Religious doctrine Secularization Social change Age at marriage Gender role change Technology Unwed pregnancy Abortion Unwed mothers/fathers. Source: Guttmacher Institute.
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Jane D. Brown, Kelly LadinL'Engle, Carol J. Pardun, GuangGuo, Kristin Kenneavy and Christine Jackson Sexy Media Matter: Exposure to Sexual Content in Music, Movies, Television, and Magazines Predicts Black and White Adolescents' Sexual BehaviorPediatrics 2006;117;1018-1027.
Across the broadcast networks, references to adultery outnumbered references to marital sex 2:1.
“From Bratz Dolls to padded bras to Ashlee Simpson to sex bracelets, tween girls are being taught, at a very early age, that sex appeal is very powerful. Explaining the reason she buys sexy clothes, twelve year old Amanda says, like it's a good thing, "You get more attention. And strange guys come up to you and try and get you to go to nightclubs."
86% of all the sexualized female characters depicted in the underage and young adult category for the entire database were presented as only being of high school age
• Based upon the American Psychological Association definition of “healthy” vs. “unhealthy” sexuality, the study findings show that 93% of the sexual incidents involving underage female characters occurred within a context that qualified as “unhealthy”
98% of the sexual incidents involving underage female characters occurred outside of any form of a committed relationship.
A telephone poll by Louis Harris and Associates on 782 U.S. workers revealed:
Although the networks shied away from talking about sex in the context of marriage, they did not shy away from discussions of masturbation, oral sex, anal sex, manual stimulation, sex toys, bondage or kinky or fetishistic sex - there were 74 such references during the study period.
Visual references to voyeurism (a third party present, watching or taping while sex takes place), transvestites/transsexuals, threesomes, kinky sex, bondage and sado-masochism, and prostitution outnumbered visual references to sex in marriage by a ratio of 2.7:1