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essay 9 - American is home to a smorgasbord of citizens...

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American is home to a smorgasbord of citizens: black and white, tall and short, homosexual and heterosexual. With the abundance of different types of people comes the abundance of different desire. The American Family Association (AFA) and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD) are two organizations that call for radical reforms in the media. The AFA is an organization that calls for the “cleaning-up” of the media. They believe that the media has had a major influence on the decline of the family values that our nation was founded on. They assert that the media has “glorified” and “normalized” premarital sex, leading to an increase in teenage pregnancies and abortions. They propose that in order to “save” the country from demoralization, we must hold all of the companies that sponsor the “immoral” programs accountable, to stop the “attack on traditional family values.” To do this, the AFA relies mainly on boycotts against advertisers and other institutions that support this decline.
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