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Sex and Sexuality on Television

A presentation explaining how sex, sexuality and pregnancy are represented on television; through comedy and reality.
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Josh Beveridge

on 12 January 2011

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Transcript of Sex and Sexuality on Television

Sex, Sexuality and Pregnancy
as Represented on T.V. Gays on T.V. Here is an example of pushing boundaries. While the commercial itself only aired in France, McDonald's made an effort to include equality as a part of their advertising. Sex is seen so much more on television lately that it has become custom for kids and teens to be immersed in the idea - Reality show Jersey Shore got about 5.5 million viewers per episode in its second season. The show is full of sexual references, and the teens watching this show are seeing how the people in the show are going out to clubs just to find someone to "smoosh" The show is called reality because these people are not scripted, they are just living how they want to. But to the viewers, this show is comedy. Watching them do the dumb things they do when they're drunk is entertaining. All the sexual references and content become so normal, it's what you are expecting to see. Modern television and its displays of sexual content are becoming increasingly lax as writers and directors use sex for its two main purposes: comedy and tension. With this increased usage of sex-themed content, new and sometimes negative images are being introduced into society, including the casual nature of sex, teen pregnancy and a stereotyped view of gay men and women. This clip from the Musical/Comedy Glee represents two important factors in the representation of gays. Firstly, we see Kurt's character who is, by social standards, very stereotypically gay. The second aspect of this clip is the fact that it addresses homophobic bullying and portrays a character who stands up for himself, shattering the stereotype. Glee The Ellen Effect Ellen Degeneres has completely flipped the view on gay television stars. She currently has her own talk show and is happily married. We've included this clip from the teen drama Degrassi because Riley, a main character and football player has just come out of the closet. This clip represents how gay teens are treated as well as how the feminine stereotype should not be applied in a realistic situation. Degrassi Commercials Other Shows WIll and Grace
Modern Family
Friends
The Real World Teen Pregnancy Sex used as a form of Comedy or Tension The study interviewed 2 000, 12 to 17 year olds and asked them what kind of TV they watched. They followed up with these teen on the third interview, 744 of the youth said they had engaged in sexual intercourse. A total of 91 youth said that they had experienced a pregnancy. - Portrays popular girls as pregnant.
- Explores the stages of pregnancy and the doctor's appointments.
- Sometimes portrays struggles with the relationship and family.
- The show doesn’t show all the difficulties of being a teen mom. It makes it look easy and that everything will work out and be good.
- They don’t show how hard it is to care for a young baby. They make it seem easier than what it really is. It doesn’t show the waking up all night long, the stress, the dirty diapers, etc. Out of 2000 teens, 744 had sex and 91 experienced pregnancy. A study done by RAND Corp. was released in the November 2008 issue of Pediatrics about the link between the two. They came to the conclusion that teens exposed to high levels of sexual content on television were twice as likely to be involved in a pregnancy in the following three years as teens with limited exposure. There has been links to teen pregnancy and sex displayed on TV. 16 & Pregnant Jersey Shore Grey's Anatomy Two and a Half Men - Sex is portrayed as common. Everyone does it all the time with whoever is most convenient at the time. Most of the time is doesn't affect anyone. Men vs. Women The role of sex for men is convenience. When a woman needs to have sex to clear her mind, the man steps in. The role for women seems to be that they are relieving stress. Often times, sex does not begin with love or passion, but more about the one person needing it. The show is made up of adults working in a hospital. The show is aimed towards an audience of teenage girls and young women. In every episode there are references to sex, but they are not one after the other. When they do occur, they are often very in your face, showing scenes that imply sexual actions or people simply people talking about it. a study of 1792 adolecents ages 12-17 showed that watching sex on tv influences teens to have sex. in a sample of programming, sexual content appeared in 64% of all tv programs. portrayals that included risks of sex (std, preg.), abstinence or sexual safety were depicted on only 15% of shows with sexual content. in considering contraceptives and other info, teens are almost as likely to turn to tv for answeres(60%) as they are to a health care provider (62%) Sexual scenes are appearing in many more television shows than they used to; nearly 70% of shows contain sexual content. Some of the content portrays people in real life while other scenes are placed for comedy. sexual scenes have nearly doubled since 1998. A study shows that men are usually clothed in scenes as opposed to women, who are dressed in ways that reveal their breasts or rear-ends approximately half the time they are on screen. The cast is in their early twenties while the show is directed towards an audience of teens and young adults. Sex is portrayed as something that is wanted; their objective. To the cast, sex is simply an act, not a product of love. Sex is portrayed as an everyday thing. It is something to try for as much as you can,whether you love the person or not. The main characters are in their late forties, besides the character Jake who is a young teen. The show is aimed at an audience that varies from young teens to the elderly, depending on their humour. The male portrayal of sex is represented by Charlie and Allen. Charlie views sex as a daily goal and he goes out and finds it as much as he can. Allen is more neutral and takes it as it is offered. The female portrayal of sex is represented by side characters, more noticeably Judith, Allen's ex-wife. To her, sex is normal, yet she often says how it's boring when it comes to Allen. In one episode, we counted 21 sexual references. FIN
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