Sex in the Media

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Sex in the Media In the media, sex has evolved over the years. Now, more than ever sex is at its peak in the media. In today's society, the young are able to view sex in daytime television and learn from the promotion of sex in the media. In this essay, we will explore the options of where we learn about sex, places we see sex, how sex influences our lives, and the importance of improving sex education in teens. Growing up in the 21st century, sex is all around. Most teens learn about sex from their friends. In a survey four out of every five teens say that they learned about sex from their friends. Teens see their friends as the most accessible form of information, because they can learn from their past experiences. Across America, books of sex are being read by curious teens. Some of these books include, "The Sex Chronicles," by Zane "Sex," by Zane "The Coldest Winter Ever," by Sister Solijah and the list goes on and on. In these books, there are readings about fantasies and acknowledge acts of sex. On television, the message of sex is displayed as romantic and spontaneous. As stated in "Sexuality, Contraception, and the Media" an article published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, it is said that, "On 'MTV' 75% of music videos involve sexual imagery"(298). Magazines, music videos, television shows, and movies essentially give a message to the viewer that sex to be should be spontaneous and free in order to be fulfilling. Even in films, sex is displayed in action. Films such as "Cruel Intentions," "Love and Basketball," and "American Pie" display a form of sex; whether it being their first time or another experience. In m... ... middle of paper ... ...n more" British Medical Journal, March 1, 1997v314 n7081 p686(1) John Hopkins University Population Information Program "Reaching young adults through entertainment" Population Reports, Oct 1995 v23 n3 p551(4) Michael McDough "Sex in the Media" New York, New York http://www.umkc.edu/sites/hsw/other/sexmedia.html, Blake Williams, issue 26, November 18, 2004 Alice Coleman "Sex and the Media," Boston, Mass. http://www.highbeam.com/library/doc0./media.html, Tony Smithers, issue 4, December 1, 2004 Joan Clayton. "HIV/AIDS STATS: Taking Over" Washington D.C., http://web.ask.com/redir?bpg=http%3a%2f%2fweb.ask.com, issue 76, December 1, 2004 Thomas Cappelio. "Sex in the Media" "HIV/AIDS," New York, New York. http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5000232475, issue 112, Cathy Morningside, December 1, 2004

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