A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

I agree!

AP: Study Says There Is More Sex on TV---

Television these days is loaded with sex, sex, sex _ double the number of sex scenes aired seven years ago, says a study out Wednesday. And the number of shows that include "safer sex" messages has leveled off, it said.

There were nearly 3,800 scenes with sexual content spotted in more than 1,100 shows researchers studied, up from about 1,900 such scenes in 1998, the first year of the Kaiser Family Foundation survey.

Vicky Rideout, a vice president at Kaiser, says the number of shows that included a message about the risks and responsibilities of sex is still very small, and has remained flat since 2002.

About 14 percent of the shows with sexual content also had discussions of contraception, waiting to having sex or other "safer sex" messages. While that figure is about the same as it was in the last study, it's still up from 9 percent in 1998, and Rideout says that's encouraging.

Writers and producers are "seeing they can do it in a way that is entertaining, that doesn't cost them anything in the ratings ... and we know from research we've done that it makes a real difference to the kids in the audience," she said.

The study examined a sample of a week's worth of programming on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, WB, PBS, Lifetime, TNT, USA Network and HBO. Sexual content, as defined in the study, could be anything from discussions about sex to scenes involving everything from kissing to intercourse.

The study found that 70 percent of all shows included some sexual content, averaging about five sex scenes per hour. That's up from about three scenes per hour in 1998, and from nearly 4.5 scenes an hour three years ago.

The proportion of shows with sexual content in prime-time on the major broadcast networks _ ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox _ also increased, the study said. Nearly eight in 10 network shows, or 77 percent, included sexual content. That's up from 67 percent in 1998 and 71 percent in 2002.
It seems that all shows ever have today are plots about sex, or in which sex plays a large part.

I daresay that not every crime involves sex, but most of the crime shows have stories that include it.

One of my favorite shows is NCIS, on CBS at 8pm on Tuesdays. This season there has been a ton more sexual innuendo and plotlines than in the previous two seasons. At 8pm at night.

Last night's episode was the worst. I couldn't believe they would put that on at 8pm, on Election Night, when kids are more likely to see it. Disgusting.

I was at my friend Steve's Campaign Party and one of the tvs was on CBS, which meant that NCIS was on, which meant that we all had to watch the trash in that episode. What fun.

It is possible to write great, intense, interesting, entertaining stories without including any sex. People would watch. I daresay more people would watch.

Shouldn't parents be able to turn on the Election returns at 8pm and not have to switch the channel because of all the sex in a television show?