The media should not be blamed for the sexuality of american youth. First concern in sexual activity is too much media. Television is something that kids watch all the time. Television shows that show sexual activity and children pick up on those events quickly. Teenagers dream about marrying someone who is good looking and has money and then starting a family with them. A lot of teens watch soap operas and romantic shows. Teens see kids, their age, having sex and getting pregnant and they think they can do it, too.
Parents should watch what types of TV shows and movies that their children are watching. TV commercials are explicit when it comes to showing sex. Teens can pick up ideas about sex from commercials. Such as, the Trojan Man and the Durex commercials shown frequently on MTV and other stations. The media could be more discrete about that sort of material on the airwaves. In light of these statistics, it would appear that the nonjudgemental/safe-sex approach can add up to a dangerous combination.
Dr. Theresa Crenshaw, a past president of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, in testimony before a House subcommittee in February 1987, said, To say that the use of condoms is safe sex is in fact playing Russian roulette. A lot of people will die in this dangerous game. Yet despite warnings like this, schoolteachers routinely present homosexuality to their students as just another option about which they must decide for themselves (Kilpatrick 598).
On the other hand, with the popular television show, Ellen, the main character and the actress who played her, Ellen Degenerous, was an open lesbian. This views homosexuals as nice, fun loving people and not the hated figures that some community activists portray them as. In turn, the media can be a blessing to the gay ommunity because they show the lighter side of their sexual preference. Then again, some parents view this as a wrong statement and refuse to let their children watch this display.
Another show is Will and Grace, Will is a gay man living with his friend Grace. This show was aired after the Ellen show was cancelled because of it s bad ratings after she came out into the limelight with her secret.. Second concern in the media. All sorts of teen s and women s magazines that are in stores today are filled with sex and what types of protection to use. Parents should watch what their kids are reading. In agazines there are a lot of pictures that children and teenagers don t need to see. Next concern in the media.
On the radio they talk about sex and many different ways to have sex. Teens and children listen to the radio and they shouldn t be listening to some of the topics discussed on those radio shows. Children pick up on things quickly and are easily influenced by things going on around them. Planned Parenthood s Alan Guttnacher Institute, published the results of two large studies, both of which failed to show any reduction in sexual activity for teenagers who had taken sex education courses (Kilpatrick 591).