Sex, Sex, Sex

Has media played a big role in encouraging sexual activity at an early age? Parts of society believe this to be true, while others disagree and claim, “that increased sex on TV could even be a positive.”

 Hal Boyd proclaims, “Studies indicate that the more teens watch sexual content on TV, the more likely they are to be involved in risky behavior.” 

I find this to be true. Many individuals, especially parents, are concerned with the influences it partakes in adolescents. Rick Nauert PhD exclaims,”Adolescents who have high levels of exposure to television programs that contain sexual content are twice as likely to be involved in a pregnancy.”

Exposure to the “perfect” environment and ideals about sex on television programs can deceive a young mind. Without properly educating adolescents of what experiences sex can come of, gaining knowledge from only media can create impulsive actions.

Psychologist Dave Walsh tells USA Today, “If I’m a 15-year-old kid and no one’s really talking to me about sex and I’m watching a lot of sex on TV, it’s not a direct, conscious decision — but over time I start to think, ‘That’s what people do. That’s the norm.” 

Sex-scenes on television have gradually increased throughout time. TIME displays The Brief History of Sex on TV, mentioning a shared bed in Bewitched to Charlie’s Angels “family-style porn”. Even then, TV had to be regulated for what was to be shown throughout different hours of the day. Michael O’Malley, Associate Professor of History and Art History, George Mason University explains the regulations televisions networks had to adhere.

However, what is considered to be overly indecent? Whatever the case, the only way an adolescent can be limited to sexual content shown on television programs is to try to monitor what they’re watching and discuss the facts of becoming sexually active. It is obvious sexual content is being exposed more publicly but, how they are exposing sexual activity is merely a fantasy most uninformative individuals would expect sex to be. With this in mind, it encourages and creates a higher chance of an adolescent to get involved with such interactions.

She’s Not Pregnant, She’s “Expecting”

The controversy, in the show I Love Lucy, is not considered a controversy in today’s aired television shows. Huffingtonpost exclaims the decision of incorporating Lucille Ball’s real-life pregnancy into the show. Furthermore, the A.V. Club presents the details and the announcement of Lucy Ricardo’s pregnancy in the show along with feedback from various writers about the show.

Photo of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball in an episode of I Love Lucy, “Lucy is Enceinte.”

We’ve Come a Long Way from TV

Starting with only three television networks in the 60’s, TV gradually developed the exposure of social change in many television shows.

In Todd Leopold’s article, mentioning TV critic Eric Deggans, Deggans expresses, “Back then, there was a lot of TV that was created by producers who really underestimated the audience.” Also adding, “Even today’s widely popular sitcoms and dramas […] engage with real life in ways that were forbidden 50 years ago.”

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