Brent Bozell

While terms men used for each other were often viewed as complimentary -- big man, dawg, superhero, MacGyver, winner. Women used far more degrading language when talking about other females -- rodent, skank, slut, ho and much worse.

In a PTC video accompanying the study, web surfers can view the poisonous princesses of MTV refer to one another as "trash bags," "the furniture," and one woman sneering at another woman is a "dirty

Chihuahua" whom she wants to "smack to the side." Only 24 percent of what females said about themselves was positive.

The PTC also verified (yet again) that all this sex and sex chatter has nothing resembling caution in it. Although 88 percent of the sexual dialogue between men and women across all the shows focused on intercourse and its preludes, the topics of virginity (0.2 percent), contraceptives (1.4 percent) and sexually transmitted diseases (2 percent) were barely mentioned on these programs. MTV can't even live up to its own "safe sex" ideology.

MTV doesn't make these shows to expose "reality" or be educational. They're quite anti-educational, glamorizing stupidity and paving a way to fame through anti-social behavior. They're attracting school-age viewers by the millions by highlighting the most demeaning and crass behavior they can capture on camera.

In an interview with GQ magazine, "Jersey Shore" star Snooki Polizzi lamented that the show leaves a lot of "reality" out of its eyeball-dragging mess every week. "I wouldn't show as much drinking and partying. I would show more of us chilling out and having a good time, which they don't show," she complained. "We don't even drink those nights, but we laugh all night. They don't show anything but us drinking and hooking up."

This is not to say MTV would end up with C-SPAN if they manufactured this pap with a little more civility. But the network's callous distortions of "reality" are twisting the minds of young people into avoiding manners, romance, commitment, decency, modesty and empathy. They're teaching our children to become mean-spirited, backstabbing, bed-hopping villains. This Chiquita factory needs to be denounced for putting rot in the bananas.


Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
 
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