Sex is taking over the media I love [Poll]

American teenagers are being spoon-fed sex by the media on a regular basis. Parents, if you haven’t yet had “the talk” with your children, don’t worry about it. Lady Gaga beat you to the punch.

Ed Spaunhorst
Ed Spaunhorst

While on my way to school, an infectiously catchy hip-hop song came on the radio. I turned up the volume and began to tap my foot. This song did what music is supposed to do: stimulate and engage me. However, upon careful re-examination, I realized that the music and lyrics weren’t just trying to stimulate my brain, if you know what I mean.

What happened to music? When did we decide that the only way to sell a record was to put out “musical pornography?” You can’t even turn on the radio without hearing about how Ludacris is going to seduce some “shorty,” get her “tipsy” and then take her back to his “crib,” where he will perform explicit actions that can’t be described in this column (and shouldn’t be described in songs).

This is the music that adolescents are subjected to every single day…and people wonder why teen pregnancy continues to be an issue.

Sex is pushed on the teenage population harder than bulimia is pushed on runway models. Just ask teenage mom Jami Lynn Spears, who had to grow up listening to her older sister sing (or rather moan and whisper) about every aspect of sex. If you haven’t heard the song “If You Seek Amy” off of Britney’s newest CD, all you have to do is say the title out loud to understand why this song is not so teen-friendly. Sex is everywhere. It’s become a normal part of the lives of Americans.

Now, I know that sex in music is nothing new. It has been portrayed in music for a very long time. But here’s the difference: Sexual songs used to be about love. They used to have value in society. And even when they didn’t, the sexuality was subtle. Was Def Leppard singing about sex in their 1987 hit “Pour Some Sugar On Me?” The answer is almost undoubtedly, yes. But a 9-year-old boy singing along in the backseat of his parents’ car didn’t know that.

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Artists used to have more tact when talking about sex. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for 50 Cent, for example. He, among many other crotch-grabbing misogynists, prefers to tell us every unnecessary detail of his sexual encounters while dropping expletives every three words.

And it’s not just music that seems inappropriate. Almost all forms of media are oozing with unnecessary sexuality. Popular CBS sitcoms “Two and a Half Men” and “How I Met Your Mother” are perfect examples of TV shows that feature over-the-top sexual themes. In December, CBS released a Web promo for its airing of “Frosty the Snowman,” but the audio was dubbed with inappropriate clips of womanizer Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) from How I Met Your Mother. Essentially, they created an advertisement for a traditional kids’ holiday special that discussed topics like porn, breasts and masochism. Great work, CBS.

And don’t even get me started on ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” a drama that revolving around the pregnancy of a 16-year-old and seems to have every teenage girl in America hooked. Let me just say this: monkey see, monkey do.

In pushing sex onto people every day, we are not only degrading the artistic value of media sources, like music and television, but we may be wearing out the concept of sex itself. Isn’t sex supposed to be something done in private between two people in love? By trying to put every aspect of sex on display through media, aren’t we sort of spoiling the act altogether? Being a virgin, maybe I’m not the most qualified person to discuss such things. But I know that when I do decide to have sex, I don’t want it to be some random hookup that the media suggests is “normal.”

So I’m sorry Lady Gaga, but you may not take a ride on my disco stick.

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