Teen Tuesday: Sex Sells
I’m starting a 7-week group study with some of the high school girls in our youth group this week. With the recent post I did on morality in the media, my passion for that topic led me to choose a similar topic for our study. We’re not using a book or anything. We’re just flying by the seat of my pants. I’ve called it “Media Messages.” Every Thursday we will discuss a different media message, look at examples in the media, and discuss how it all affects our way of thinking and what God’s truth is about the topic.
The topic for this week is “Sex Sells.” Basically, the idea here is that sex and sexuality is EVERYWHERE in the media, even when there is absolutely no reason for it to be there – like in most commercials. It’s pervasive and has become so commonplace that oftentimes we don’t even recognize it as sexual content. Why is sex everywhere? Because Sex Sells! Whether it’s in commercials or ads where they’re trying to sell us actual products or TV shows and movies where they’re trying to draw in viewers. They know what the average consumers want and what will reel them in. What will entice them. So that’s what they use.
This is annoying to adults who are strong in their faith, difficult for adults who are trying to be strong in their faith, and detrimental to teens who are young in their faith and still very moldable in their beliefs and value system.
Another aspect we’ll be discussing this week is how, in the media, having sex out of wedlock (or anything close to it) is normal, even for teens, and causes no consequences or even remorse. Obviously, society has something to do with this belief, but the media is definitely perpetuating it.
So, here’s what I need from you all by Thursday, if you can help: Comment with an example in the media (TV shows, movies, songs/music videos, commercials, print ads, books) that has sexual content (doesn’t have to be actual sex but just sexual in nature) and/or that makes sexual behavior, especially in teens, seem normal. Also, if you can think of some great verses on the topic, that would be great too! Thanks!