Earlier this year, we had the stars of the teen show "Glee" prancing around in underwear and sucking on lollipops for GQ magazine. A "Glee" scene featured two cheerleaders making out in bed in their cheerleader outfits.
Why must Hollywood turn high school girls into fantasies for men of all ages? More importantly, what do teenagers learn about sexuality from our brazen popular culture? The Parents Television Council recently started at the top of this sleazy mountain, studying sexuality in all scripted programs in Nielsen's top 25 for viewers aged 12 to 17 (during the 2009-2010 season) in two hot ratings periods: the first two weeks of the November 2009 "sweeps" period and the comparable first two weeks of the May 2010 "sweeps."
That would include dramas like "Desperate Housewives," as well as comedies like "Two and a Half Men." Fox's programming aimed straight at teenagers was heavily represented: not only "Glee," but "The Simpsons" and the Seth MacFarlane cartoons "Family Guy," "American Dad" and "The Cleveland Show."
What the PTC found matches the teen-temptress trend, and it's a factoid that should rattle you: Underage female characters are shown participating in a higher percentage of sexual action than adult females. While almost 70 percent of sexy scenes with adult females involved verbal sexual references, 47 percent of the sexy scenes with teenagers implied nudity, implied intercourse or erotic touching, kissing or dancing.
And then there's this: 98 percent of the sexual incidents involving underage female characters occurred with partners with whom they did not have any form of committed relationship. In other words, just raw, physical sex.
The depictions of underaged sexual activity are more explicit than those featuring adults and yet, 75 percent of these hit shows with sexualized underage female characters did not have an S-descriptor on screen to warn parents of sexual content, thus nothing tripped the alleged parental "protection" of V-chip technology. This proves for the thousandth time what a joke it is.
Taylor Momsen shouldn't just blame her parents for her horrid behavior. The supposedly "feminist" entertainment industry that can't wait until adulthood to exploit females for money needs also to be condemned. There's a whole lot of pimping going on.
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