Compare that with today.
No one is shocked or surprised today to see several performers on MTV's award shows barely clothed and parading like dancers in a strip joint. Yesterday's wardrobe malfunctions are today's wardrobes (or lack thereof).
MTV's reality shows "Jersey Shore" and "16 and Pregnant" are only the beginnings of a television tidal wave of explicitly sexual content that is invading the hearts and minds of America's youth.
Here is a small sampling of other exposing moments that USA Today reported your child or grandchild might run into on television when you offer him or her some free time to channel-surf.
Spike TV's dirty college comedy, "Blue Mountain State," showed a masturbating school mascot on its premiere.
When it premiered, ABC's "Cougar Town" had a scene that implied Courteney Cox's character was giving oral sex to her date.
"Nip/Tuck" peaked its sixth and final season by highlighting sexually compulsive plastic surgeons.
On ABC's "Desperate Housewives," Julie Benz played a stripper for the series' fifth season.
VH1 offers the titillating "Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew."
Showtime's "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" highlighted Billie Piper playing hooker Belle, who was using her new sexual experiences with clients to write a book.
And do I need to say any more than just the title of Showtime's "Californication"?
HBO's "Hung" (as the title also implies) is about a well-endowed teacher moonlighting as a prostitute.
Has the escalation of sexual content over the past decade on television had negative effects upon our culture and younger generations?
Consider that in 2004, a national study of teens concluded that those who watched more sex-oriented scenes and programs were likelier than others their age to become sexually active.
In 2008, another nationwide study surveyed teens watching 23 sexually explicit shows and concluded that "by age 16, teens who watched a lot of sexually charged TV were more than twice as likely to be pregnant or father an out-of-wedlock baby as teens who watched very little."
And in 2010, the nation's leading group of pediatricians issued a strong warning to pediatricians, parents and the media about the dangers that explicit sex on television, the Internet and other media is posing to our children.
Is there anyone who can help?
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