Sex in the Media

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Sex in the media

It is about time people all around the world realize the effect television has on children and their behavior. The media has been using sex and violence to sell their product and services without people even being aware of it. The sexual language and content is right in front of them but somehow is over looked every day by parents. Children under the age of eight do not know the difference between real life and fantasy/entertainment… With media using sex as a way to sell these children are forced to see things they cannot understand, this makes their ideas of relationships tainted and will affect them the rest of their lives in one way or another. Too many children receive their sex knowledge from sources other than their parents, school, or church. The Average time a child spends watching TV each day is four hours. The photo to the right is what we are all used to seeing and is decent for children to see without influencing kids with sex. Current studies research the effects of exposure to the portrayal of sex on television and on sexual attitudes and moral judgments. Specifically, the studies test the effects of Exposure, consequences of premarital sex. The studies examine the effects sexual media has on the important development period of emerging adulthood, between the ages of 18 and 25. A study given shows that 44% of kids say they watch something different when they're alone than with their parents. Approximately 62% say that sex on TV shows and movies influences kids to have sex when they are too young. Seventy seven% say there is too much sex before marriage on television. And 54% of children have a TV in their bedroom to we’re they watch programs unmonitored. For example, television used to show situations like this one innocent and nonsexual. This image shows two people talking possibly flirting but not showing anymore. That was the way programs used to be. This is an innocent way of getting there point across. Television, is a highly influential source for children, has been both part of the solution and part of the problem in the area of sex and body image for woman and children. For both women and girls body image is important and is a life altering thing some may take it to extreme measures to fit in with societies so called perfect body. In some cultures this is very different body images around the world vary also the way they discuss lovemaking. In some countries it can be and is discussed openly and freely. However, this is not true in the United States. A study of 1792 adolescents showed that watching sex on TV influences teens to have sex. Children who watch sexual content were more likely to initiate intercourse. The higher exposure to sex on TV the more likely a child were almost twice as likely than kids with lower exposure to initiate sex. Study Conducted by RAND and published in the September 2004 issue of Pediatrics. In a sample of programming from the 2001-2002 TV seasons, sexual content appeared in 64% of all TV programs. Those programs with sexually related material had an average of 4.4 scenes per hour. Talk of sex is more frequent (61%) versus. overt portrayals (32%). one out of every seven programs includes a portrayal of sexual intercourse. Such as, the picture of a show about finding a super model, and the other picture is an ad for a Calvin Klein product in both pictures sex was used to get the attention of consumers.

The pressure put on woman and children through ads, television, film and new media to be sexually attractive and sexually active is profound. The National Eating Disorders Association reports that one out of four TV commercials send some kind of "attractiveness message," telling viewers what is and is not attractive. When a person does not match that they do unhealthy things to try to achieve the stereotype. Some people assume that regulating...
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