Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Television Says Yes

When was the last time you saw anybody on television say “no” to sex? Think about it. You can see why a sixteen-year-old girl who had just lost her virginity wrote me to say, “Mr. McDowell, I couldn’t compete with television.”

And not everything we see on television is make-believe. Young people see glamorous actresses talking about having a big rock star’s out-of-wedlock child and saying what a wonderful life she has. And there seems to be an endless procession of unmarried media stars living together and boasting about great sex. The line between their own lives and the characters they often play on the screen is hard to distinguish.

Doesn’t the portrayal of sex on television seem seriously overbalanced to the permissive side? This is the message our kids are receiving from the hours and hours they spend watching. No wonder they go out and experiment with sex.

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