According to a review leaked by Entertainment Weekly on Friday, this coming week's episode of the hit TV show GLEE is slated to be a "game-changer."
In terms of content in the "family hour" on network television they are most certainly correct.
This week's episode is dangerous for family viewing for several reasons, the most significant being that regardless of orientation the episode will justify unsafe sex. (And we're not talking about the fallacy that says you're protected if you use a condom.)
The episode portrays sexual interaction between high-school children, who in all honesty, are too young to understand the responsibility of sex, and as nearly every study in America shows, would be far better off waiting to engage in sexual activity for a good 5 to 7 years--not to mention the concept of actually being in a monogamous marital union.
Considering that PHD level research analysis demonstrates that:
"Sexually active teens are less likely to be happy, more likely to be depressed, and more likely to attempt suicide. Teenage girls who are sexually active are three times more likely to be depressed and three times more likely to attempt suicide than girls who are not active. Teenage boys who are sexually active are more than twice as likely to be depressed and are almost ten times more likely to attempt suicide than boys who are not active."
Then even considering an episode romanticizing the activity is irresponsible.
But again that barely scratches the surface of the dangerous message this episode sends. This week's episode also reportedly portrays the deflowering of two "couples," on the show, presumably of equal significance and importance.
I use the word presumably because at present those that self identify as active homosexuals in the United States population number between 2-4% nationally, yet according to the producers of GLEE, you'd get the idea that it's practically an even split with heterosexual couples.
The episode is reported to portray the sexual intercourse of the two couples of equal moral and emotional importance in the lives of the two fictional couples.