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NEWS: Whats on TV? Alot More Sex

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posted on Nov, 10 2005 @ 01:52 PM
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We have been increasingly subjected to a steady diet of sex on TV. Gabrielle, on "Desperate Housewives," has sex on a table with her teenage gardener and Julie and Jimmy, on "The OC," roll around under the sheets, passionately kissing. Steamy scenes like these have become even more common, particularly in shows popular with teens and kids. Regardless to many studies reporting negative influences on children and teens.
 



pediatrics.aappublications.org
Background. Early sexual initiation is an important social and health issue. A recent survey suggested that most sexually experienced teens wish they had waited longer to have intercourse; other data indicate that unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases are more common among those who begin sexual activity earlier. The American Academy of Pediatrics has suggested that portrayals of sex on entertainment television (TV) may contribute to precocious adolescent sex. Approximately two-thirds of TV programs contain sexual content. However, empirical data examining the relationships between exposure to sex on TV and adolescent sexual behaviors are rare and inadequate for addressing the issue of causal effects.


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It may sound easy enough to say just change the channel but in most homes today its a neccesity for both parents to work and kids are home alone at all hours.I believe in all the freedoms that we cherish but why do we have to push the limits to the point of corrupting our kids.


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posted on Nov, 10 2005 @ 02:05 PM
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Corrupting? Our kids?

No, no, no. The corruption is subjective, and they're not our kids, they're your kids, or his kids, or my kids. What's on my television doesn't effect your kids, so don't worry about it. Worry about what's on your television. For that matter, if you have kids, why the hell do you have a television? Are you trying to save the public schools the trouble of indoctrinating the child?

You do whatever you think is right with yours, and I'll do the same, rest assured. Television is really not appropriate for children, it's an entertainment medium designed and marketed to jaded adults, not budding minds. When I was a kid TV was no more entertaining than the bugs underneath a rock in the backyard. Kids have wonderful imaginations, let them entertain themselves. Or read them a book. Kill your television. Your child will thank you for it down the road.

The nation doesn't set standards for parenting past a very basic (don't beat the little devils) point. If you want to raise a sheltered child, that's your perogative, but the responsibility rests with you, not the programming.

If you can't get rid of the television, it only takes about five minutes to block objectionable channels using the built in features packaged with all modern televisions. The moral minority in this country thinks it's a lot bigger than it actually is. In reality most people are sensible, mature adults who are willing to accept the fact that television isn't child-safe.

If both parents have to work and leave the kid alone, sell the television, or lock it in your room, or sell the kids. I don't care. If you need money that bad, so that you're willing to risk your childrens' health, I have no sympathy. Most parents don't sacrifice time with their children for the benefit of the children, they do it for plasma televisions, fancy cars, big houses in the suburbs. Ostensibly it's all for the kids, sure, but that's a disingenuous excuse in my experience.

I'm not willing to compromise an essential freedom to conform to these perrennial cycles of prude or irresponsible parents.

The free exchange of ideas is a fundamental principle of a free society.



posted on Nov, 10 2005 @ 02:16 PM
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humm well throwing out the TV mit work for all you city folk .
But what about all the cows horses and pigs in my neck of
farm country ? how do you turn off animals?
The moral being its not what they watch but how they are raised that matters.
The schools and other children that live in the town near me are as bad as anyware else Fighting guns and even murders in this one horse town .
but my 6 boys have no such problems they do as well as possible in school and have never been in any real trouble .
More importantly I rarly ever spanked them eather .
The problem with parents today can be sumed up with one word (NO!!!)
I hear parents say this constintly to there young ones and 3 minits later give in after the kid asked for the 8th time.
But where did the 5 year old learn this? well back when he was 2 and starting to get around the house he learned VERY quickly no ment try again and again until he got his way and by 5 it was set in and by there teens the limits are going . There is NO No any more and if they dont get what they want the burn the city and shot people at school .
Now realy it works Dont just say NO, MEAN IT . And if you say your grounded for two weeks be sure its not a week then let them off this just tells them the punshment isent real.
But hay seams Everyone has forgoton what a family and parents are so sa ra sa ra .



posted on Nov, 10 2005 @ 02:20 PM
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The people who are offended at this and want to remove sex from tv would not be able to watch t.v. in Europe. (which makes even HBO look like teletubbies and sesame street.

You can expect to see full nudity on t.v. in the Netherlands anytime after 4pm. And explicit sex (excluding genitals) after 9pm.

Here is a popular Dutch show called "Try before you die". On the left you'll see clips of what appeared on the show.



posted on Nov, 10 2005 @ 02:22 PM
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I don't know how to say it any better than WyrdeOne already has. I agree 100%.

Great input, Simcity4Rushour

People think just because television technology is available that they must partake, and get all channels available. Not true. Same with cell phones, ipods, palm computers, computers, laptops, etc. Kids don't NEED these things, but for some reason I cannot figure, parents equip their children with all the gadgets available then complain about the effect they have. :shk:



posted on Nov, 10 2005 @ 02:34 PM
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Teens have sex.
They always have. TV is not going to make them have more sex. If anything more sex on TV might show them some "reality" on the subject.



And, of the 20 most highly rated shows for teen viewers, only 10 percent of those with sexual content include a reference to sexual risks or responsibilities, according to the survey, which Kaiser has conducted biennially since 1998.

toledoblade.com...
This statement is misleading. It is not saying 10% of the 20 shows. It is saying 10% percent of those with sexual content. Not all 20 shows have sexual content.


More sex on TV is far better than violence on TV. Make love not war and all
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posted on Nov, 10 2005 @ 03:11 PM
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Well i know everyone here is perfect parents and you may think im being a prude but the fact is if i want to watch sex as an adult i can find it anywhere and if its not available to kids i see no problem with it,but i highly doubt any kids will be too sheltered by not watching sex on tv as has been suggested...maybe more emphasis on safe sex and preventing teen pregnancy.

We didnt have sex on tv when i was a kid which was also suggested so why is it that society has to push it to kids now.You guys sound like you will be missing out on something by not watching a 30 something woman have sex on a table with a teen.Dont kids today grow up fast enough and do the negatives not outweigh the positive.

I agree with you Umbrax that it's better than violence which is insane the amount we have on tv..If we agree that we didnt miss anything not seeing sex on tv when we were kids and our society evolved to this what do we have to look forward to with today's kids growing up on a steady diet of sex and violence.

Id be more than willing to give up sex on tv for the sake of the morals and behaviour and lack of teen pregnancies and diseases of OUR kids even though i have no kids of my own.



posted on Nov, 10 2005 @ 04:22 PM
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A. I never saw or heard about sex on TV when I was a child. There was not even the suggestion of it! In fact, I was raised in a very religious home where sex was never mentioned. My parents had the (mistaken) idea that if they kept it away from me, I wouldn't be 'exposed' and therefore wouldn't experiment at a young age. They were SO wrong!

B. I have never seen 'The OC' or 'Desperate Housewives' and they are not mentioned in any of the linked sources. I ask the originator, if you're concerned about 'our children' seeing these shows why are you watching them, supporting that kind of television?

I'm not supporting it. Why are you?



posted on Nov, 10 2005 @ 04:31 PM
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Oh my God no...

The children...they're watching sex on T.V?

Oh please. There were children in the 1940's, who watched family members get bombed, get placed in gas chambers, forced into Gulag's up till the 1970's.

You know what...they work fine. They function fine after all they have seen. If your child can't handle a bit of breast on television or sex, I worry about the child more so than one who can.

Teenagers will have sex. [ I know, it's a shock to many of you who never will.
] In fact, if people would bother to open up a history book or learn something about other parts of the World many teenagers are allowed to make babies. :O

In fact, if you go back about 6 generations [if not less] by 12 they'd be married and ready to pop one out. :O Oh God! SHOCK HORROR.

So yes, it's awful they now watch sex as teenagers instead of being married and with two kids at 15. How I hate modern society.



posted on Nov, 10 2005 @ 04:56 PM
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Is only adults in my house so I care not what the kid next door are watching is not my job to keep watch over them unless they are in my yard I don't want to be sue if any of them brake their neck in my front yard, the parents are the ones with the responsibility.

So thank you very much and leave my TV the way it its, I don't need some self righteous good for nothing to come into my home and tell me what to watch in my TV, or with who I should sleep in bed.



posted on Nov, 10 2005 @ 05:10 PM
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Why is it always about children? What about adults? I may want to watch some hot steamy sex on TV and I should be able to.
This may seem harsh, but I don't care about other people's overly-sheltered brats....stop clamping down on my ability to occasionally watch what mature content (not neccesarily sex) on TV, play violent video games, and see the human body!

Ha, they always say it's for the children, no matter what it is. I think it's for themselves. They want to get rid of something that makes THEM uncomfortable, not the children.



posted on Nov, 10 2005 @ 05:27 PM
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Here is a popular Dutch show called "Try before you die". On the left you'll see clips of what appeared on the show.


Is that really the kind of link we need on ATSNN?



posted on Nov, 10 2005 @ 05:38 PM
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You got an ATS vote for me for this one
(Quoted the post but it didn't come up for some reason, this is happening often to me lately, anybody else ?)

But yes, I agree with all you said pertaining to children and TV programming.
However I also see the author's point, and I can relate it to myself, not necessarily the children because I have none in my household.

I don't even watch TV anymore, specifically because I don't find shows like "Desperate Housewives" or "the OC" entertaining at all, actually I can't even name a show that makes me want to turn onthe TV because when i do I usually throw up a little in my mouth
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especially Australian TV
I can't believe people actually watch the crap they air here, I'd much rather watch my cat try catch a fly or clean the house, seriously that's how mind-numbing it is
I feel dumber for watching any of the free-to-air channels sadly (Altho SBS airs great documentaries) And I am no nerd or prude, not at all, when I wanna see sex on TV I pop in a DVD
hehe

I think the standard of TV shows content has taken a seriously bad left turn and don't see why anyone would want to volunteer their time to it



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posted on Nov, 10 2005 @ 05:44 PM
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Why is it always about children? What about adults? I may want to watch some hot steamy sex on TV and I should be able to. This may seem harsh, but I don't care about other people's overly-sheltered brats....stop clamping down on my ability to occasionally watch what mature content (not neccesarily sex) on TV, play violent video games, and see the human body!


You and I can watch what we want on television and I have no problem with that, but I do have a big problem with sexual content permeating everything on television. Maybe you don't care now, but there will be a time when you will want to watch television without having sexual content blurted out in a living room full of kids and other family members.

I have no problem with hardcore pornography, but what boils my blood is the stupid, juvenile sexual innuendo and often explicit discussion that makes it impossible to turn on the tube in polite company.

For those who don't know what polite company is:

www.psychologytoday.com...



posted on Nov, 10 2005 @ 05:48 PM
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I know what you mean Grady. I don't know if you've got these commercials in the States but we have one up here for chewing gum that the girl chew then jumps her boyfriend. That's just nuts. I'm not a prude but c'mon, using sex to sell gum?



posted on Nov, 10 2005 @ 06:08 PM
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I think there probably is more sex on tv, but I don't understand the hype around Desperate Housewives. I don't think that particular show is even that racy after watching it myself -- it's more about crime, mystery and intrigue than sex. The 1980's show Dallas was probably just as sexual.



posted on Nov, 10 2005 @ 06:31 PM
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I'm sure the same corrupted opinions about the corrupted society of the old Roman Empire was prevelant before its fall, too.

How far into the gutter we have gone, when adults are no longer able to be discerning, wise leaders of the nation and the culture, unable to realize that the more sewage is allowed to flow into a body of water, the filthier the entire body will become.

The health of a culture is everyone's business, as we all have to be a part of a culture. To suggest that the channel can be turned is a cop-out, and to suggest that any adult has any business allowing a child, regardless of whether or not the child is their own, to watch garbage suchas what has been mentioned in this thread, is proof that we are taking some serious hits in the culture war.

They are winning. We are becoming more filthy, more animalistic, and are telling ourselves that we are becoming more "enlightened". We are becoming better little servant/workers; being allowed to be concerned with our own desires of lust and less concerned with discipline and character.



posted on Nov, 10 2005 @ 06:53 PM
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Yeah, lets the moralistic few in our nation regulated our TVs our radios and let them invade our bedrooms.

After all more and more of the moralistic screamers are prove to be the most dirty, deprived, abusers but hey they can regulate everything they want.


And we are going to let them for the good of the children.

Funny to see who is who in America perhaps this is the same people that can not control their sinful urges after all.


I have a remote control and when I don't want to watch a sleazy show I turn it to the home shopping channel.

I have also 4 or 5 channels on preaching and religion so hey if the TV shows offends you well tune in to father John network or sister Teresa spiritual hour, and lets not forget the Evangelical channel they preach 24 hours a day.



posted on Nov, 10 2005 @ 07:21 PM
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I have also 4 or 5 channels on preaching and religion so hey if the TV shows offends you well tune in to father John network or sister Teresa spiritual hour, and lets not forget the Evangelical channel they preach 24 hours a day.


Quoting still not workin for me *sigh*

Excellent marg lol!
maybe parents who are concerned of the content their children are watching should just block all channels except these



Oh and from what I saw of "Desperate Housewives" it should be changed to read "Desperate HouseWhores" because in the 10 minutes I watched it, all they actually do in the show is show U how it's done ... and properly



posted on Nov, 10 2005 @ 07:34 PM
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Really, Marg, the worst offenders are the morally healthy? Bull, Marg, and you know it.
And, more filth is going to make a healthier society? Bull.
Again, the remote illusion has been dispelled already, Marg, no need in bringing it back up.
What healthy, decent view will a child learn from these shows in regard to sex, morals, fidelity, or anything else that is important to a culture?

From yor erroneous claim that moral people are the worst offenders to your suggestion that children watching TV by themselves should change the channel, or will, makes little mature sense.

Morality and discipline is very much connected to maturity and wisdom. It seems that these traits are waning. The spiral continues, and it seems we have truly gotten to the point where many are applauding the downward trend and feel wise and intellectual when they make excuses for it.



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