It is a testimony to their movement that in today's post-feminist entertainment media, part of what makes television so corrosive and sour is just how piggish the women have become.
The latest study from the Parents Television Council drives this concept home by going to the ugly center of pop culture: MTV "reality" programming. After studying entire seasons of four MTV shows, the PTC concludes: "Females talked about sex acts more than men, talked about sex more graphically than men, mentioned sexual body parts more than men, and talked about intercourse and preliminaries to intercourse more than men."
Translation: TVs women are society's truck drivers. That doesn't sound like "reality." It sounds carefully cartooned to attract viewers.
Sadly, it follows that PTC found that on MTV male cast members referred to females as "cool" and viewed them more favorably when women displayed characteristics attributed to men (not wanting tolinger after sex, not viewing sex as any proof of commitment, not requiring romance prior to sex and indifference to cheating).
But that emotionally arid and recklessly lascivious behavior naturally also leads to demeaning remarks. On "Jersey Shore," Mike "The Situation" sneers, "Deena calls herself 'The Holiday.' I like to call her 'The Holiday Inn.'"
After reviewing the ratings data, PTC picked the four most popular programs in 2011 on cable among the 12 to 17 demographic, which included that detestable sleazefest "Jersey Shore." Analysts also viewed "The Real World," "Teen Mom," and "16 and Pregnant."
The PTCs critics in the press have mocked the idea that anyone would need to study "Jersey Shore" to find it sleazy. The New York Daily News joked, "In equally shocking news, bananas were found at the Chiquita factory." But what's new in this study is that not only do the men speak badly of the women on these shows, but also the women speak badly of each other and of themselves.
The overarching purpose for the study was to explore what messages young viewers are receiving through "reality" television. What they're getting isn't just non-stop scenes of drinking and premarital sex, but an overwhelming dose of insulting negativity. The top three derogatory terms for women were the B-word, "stupid" and "dirty." Those often came attached with profanities. Females were the recipients of an F-word or S-word 662 times, or on average, once every 4 minutes and 10 seconds.
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