I find it facinating how much sex is on television these days. Studies have found that 70% of today’s TV shows (2 out of 3 shows) contains some sexual content. This really doesn’t surprise me. What I find funny is that although sex is a common element in today’s television shows, the portrayal of sex is totally sensationalistic. When you pair this approach with a lack of good quality sexuality education in the U.S., then you realize where the problems are. The information is not realistic and the messages are clearly negative - overall, it does more harm than good! Without a solid foundation and understanding about sexuality, sex on television can be misleading and detrimental. I am a huge advocate of early comprehensive sexuality education and I really think it needs to start at home with your parents. Unfortunately, most parents don’t know how to talk about sex or what to say – so they say nothing. Why are parents so hesitant to talk to their kids about sex when kids are being innundated by so many sources – television, magazines, advertisers, and peers?????
What we really need are more good, quality programming about sex, that can educate, inform, and even entertain people! Programs that are fun, but can also educate. Hmmmm, I’m working on it!