Report: TV's trivializing serious issues

Friday, July 12, 2013
 | 
Russ Jones (OneNewsNow.com)

A television watchdog group is deeply troubled to find that underage girls on prime time broadcasts are more likely to be presented in sexually exploitative scenes than are adult women.

The new research from the Parents Television Council's (PTC) "4 Every Girl Campaign" also shows that such scenes are typically presented as humorous.

Henson, Melissa (PTC)

Melissa Henson, director of communications and public education for PTC, tells OneNewsNow that out of 238 scripted episodes that aired during the study period, 150 episodes (63 percent) contained sexual content in scenes that were associated with females, and 33 percent of the episodes contained sexual content that rose to the level of sexual exploitation.
"What we are seeing is an increase in sort of the trivialization of issues like child molestation, rape, prostitution and sex slavery," Henson laments. "In fact, in many cases, the younger the child involved in the scenario, the more likely it was to be treated in a humorous manner."

Findings from the report reveal that sexual exploitation has become a common topic and a comedic topic on prime time television in shows airing as early as 7:00 Central time. Nearly 40 percent of the content in the present study was intended for purposes of humorous entertainment.

"These are shows that are animated, which makes them attractive to kids," the PTC communications director notes. "We know that kids are watching. They're treating a very grave and serious issue as something that is inconsequential."

PTC concludes that the prevalence of images that trivialize sexual exploitation can be interpreted as sanctioning the sexualization of women.

Holly Austin Smith, child trafficking survivor, advocate, author and speaker, stresses the importance of this research:

"Negative messages in the media, including the sexual objectification of women, create a climate which supports the tactics of sexual predators," she states. "Sex traffickers understand how these messages influence vulnerable children, and they are using it to their advantage."

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Evangelical Hispanics will be the deciding factor in determining who the next president is – agree or disagree?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

  Tornado damages homes but spares small northern Kansas town
  Intruders breach US airport fences about every 10 days
Rowdy protests but no violence this time outside Trump rally
Elizabeth Warren emerges as potent Clinton ally, Trump foil
Church slaying families accept pursuit of death penalty
United Auto Workers union endorses Hillary

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Katie Couric interview edited to make pro-gun activists look stupid
GOP House codifies Obama's transgenderism in dark of night
Journalist's admission a step to legitimizing pedophilia
Campus activists are more radical—and troubled—than you think
Anti-Trump thugs shout 'Viva Mexico' while burning American flag

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Warning to parents: ‘These are not the cartoons you grew up with’

Caution: This article describes media content that is extremely offensive

The Parents Television Council has issued an urgent warning to parents and advertisers concerning the explicit content of an animated programming block that just launched.