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Sex in the Media

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Devin Porter Dr. Bonnie Noonan English 1010.20 12 December 2004 Sex in the Media In the media, sex has evolved over the years. Now, more than ever sex is at its peak in the media. In today's society, the young are able to view sex in daytime television and learn from the promotion of sex in the media. In this essay, we will explore the options of where we learn about sex, places we see sex, how sex influences our lives, and the importance of improving sex education in teens. Growing up in the 21st century, sex is all around. Most teens learn about sex from their friends. In a survey four out of every five teens say that they learned about sex from their friends. Teens see their friends as the most accessible form of information, because they can learn from their past experiences. Across America, books of sex are being read by curious teens. Some of these books include, "The Sex Chronicles," by Zane "Sex," by Zane "The Coldest Winter Ever," by Sister Solijah and the list goes on and on. In these books, there are readings about fantasies and acknowledge acts of sex. On television, the message of sex is displayed as romantic and spontaneous. As stated in "Sexuality, Contraception, and the Media" an article published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, it is said that, "On 'MTV' 75% of music videos involve sexual imagery"(298). ...read more.


The influence of sex in the media has a drastic effect on in individual's life. There are campaigns airing on both Music Television (MTV) and Black Entertainment Television (BET) known as "The Choose or Lose Campaign (on MTV)" and "(BET's) Rap It Up." Sex in the media teaches teens and young adults about STD's, HIV and AIDS prevention, and teenage pregnancies. In Beyond the Birds and the Bees, Linda R. Clark, Alwyn T. Cohall, Alain Joffe, and Cynthia Starr, researched that "One half of women and three-quarters of men stated that they had sex before they were 18 years old. Nearly 21% of female 12th graders and 25% of male 12th graders report having had four or more sex partners during their lifetime"(102). They have already been applicable to have being exposed to HIV or AIDS. It is very important that teens as well as young adults know the justifications of having safe sex. According to Seal & Palmer-Seal, "Condom usage and AIDS education are essential tools for reducing the impact of the disease, yet fewer than one third of sexually active college students report consistent condom use." The Johns Hopkins University Population Information Program "Reaching young adults through entertainment" says, "Using the media to get socially responsible message to teens has many advantages... It reaches people all over the world." People seek out entertainment and pay attention. ...read more.


"Address both positive and negative messages- children quickly build barriers against doom-saying adults. Transform them by asking open-ended questions about your child's view on the issues. 2. Be Selective about who is present- Some youngsters find it embarrassing to discuss sexuality with their parents, especially if their friends are around. 3. Express your opinions- your children deserve to know your bottom line as a foundation for embarking on the struggle of determining their own views. 4. Keep discussions informal and fun- Take a lesson from TV during the commercial break; deliver your own 30-second message to get some thinking started on what's being communicated. 5. Don't expect a sudden burst of insight- because you don't get a thoughtful response doesn't mean you haven't been heard. But if you regularly offer provocative questions, you will nurture the critical thinking that will help your children question for themselves the message implicit in the media" (http://www.highbeam.com/library/doc0./media.html). Now that we have explored where we learn about sex, places we see sex, how sex influences our lives, and the importance of improving sex education in teens we know what needs to be done in order to preserve human life. Technology and life are evolving we don't want a disease to make our days on earth shorter than what they should be. We should be able to live to at least 105. It is said that sex sells, and under age sex even more, but if we continue on this path of destruction, sex will kill, and unprotected sex will kill even more. ...read more.

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