Over-sexed television

While we're on the subject of sex and teens, here's yet another study designed to gratify parental paranoia. Here's what WaPo has to say about the Kaiser Family Foundation report:


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.
Clearly, the television networks are doing something wrong. [LINK via Feministing]
Or perhaps the foundation has been a little enthusiastic in its definition of sexual content, which includes good-night kisses at the doorstep that would make Doris Day yawn. Post writer Lisa de Moraes writes: "Given that, it's a wonder they found only 4,000 scenes in those 1,000 shows over the course of the study. Maybe they didn't get some of the jokes in those 'Sex and the City' reruns on TNT."

She offers more in this vein over HERE.



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