Sexualitate, Media, Copii si Adolescentii

Posted: September 9, 2010 in D'ale Vietii, Headline, Lucrarea De Tineret
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Intr-un articol recent publicat de  THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS pe data de 30 August 2010, s-a ajuns la concluzia ca nu este sanatos/recomandat ca tinerii sa aiba la ei in camera televizor sau computer cu acces la internet. mai jos este un extras din articolul cu pricina. Cei interesati pot citi intregul articol AICI.

De remarcat este sugestia lor in ceea ce priveste educatia sexuala. Printre altele este sugerat ca este “unwise to promote “abstinence-only” sex education when it has been shown to be ineffective and when the media have become such an important source of information about “nonabstinence.”

In addition to TV, other media provide frequent messages about sexual behavior.

  • Music continues to be a major source of sexual suggestiveness. In 1 study, 40% of lyric lines contained sexual material, and only 6% contained healthy sexual messages.14 An analysis of the 279 most popular songs in 2005 revealed that 37% contained sexual references and that degrading sexual references were common.15
  • Virtually every R-rated teen movie since the 1980s has contained at least 1 nude scene and, often, several instances of sexual intercourse (eg, the American Pie movie series).16 Teen movies also contain distorted views of romance and normal adolescent sexuality.1618
  • Teen magazines are popular with preadolescent and adolescent girls and devote an average of 2.5 pages per issue to sexual topics.19 Coverage of sex as a health issue in magazines is more common than on TV, but the overarching focus seems to be on deciding when to lose one’s virginity.12,20
  • The Internet has become an abundant source of both sexual information and pornography that cannot be regulated.21,22 Online pornography is now a $1 billion industry.12 In a national sample of 1500 10- to 17-year-olds, nearly half of the Internet users had been exposed to online pornography in the previous year.23 In addition, unwanted sexual solicitations and harassment are not uncommon,24 although they may not be as frequent as parents fear.25
  • Social networking Web sites and home pages enable teenagers to present themselves publicly, sometimes in sexually suggestive ways.12,26 One study of 233 teen home pages revealed that nearly 10% mentioned sex, and girls were 3 times more likely to do so than boys.27 A recent study of 500 publicly available MySpace profiles revealed that nearly one-quarter of them referenced sexual behaviors.28 Also, a national survey of nearly 1300 teenagers and young adults revealed that 20% reported having sent or posted nude pictures or videos of themselves (“sexting”).29
  • Advertisements often use sex to sell. Women are as likely to be shown in suggestive clothing (30%), partially clad (13%), or nude (6%) as they are to be fully clothed.30 As one expert noted, “When sexual jokes are used to sell everything from rice to roach-killer, from cars to carpets, it’s hard to remember that sex can unite two souls, can inspire awe. Individually, these ads are harmless enough, sometimes even funny, but the cumulative effect is to degrade and devalue sex.”31 Advertisements for erectile dysfunction drugs are ubiquitous. In the first 10 months of 2004, the makers of these drugs spent nearly $350 million on advertising.32 At the same time, advertisements for birth control products are rare.2
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