Pop music’s sex education

Townhall.com Brent Bozell III August 18, 2006

A couple of years ago, researchers at the RAND Corp. released a study that found heavy exposure to sexual content on television shows relates strongly to teenagers’ initiation of intercourse or their progression to more advanced sexual activities.

To some, those results seemed so reasonable because, well, aren’t they so obvious? But there are always those who won’t accept the obvious, even when it’s presented for them on a scientifically documented silver tray. Critics were quick to argue that there was a chicken-and-egg question: Couldn’t it also be argued that teenagers who are already predisposed to sexual activity have a predilection for sexier TV shows?

In the scientific sense, it is certainly possible that cause and effect may not be as simple as “monkey see, monkey do.” But it’s odd that some activists can berate corporations for tempting children into eating Twinkies and drinking sugary sodas, but then don’t see corporations pushing hypersexual entertainment as tempting the young into premature sexual activity.

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