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Running Head: SEX IN THE MEDIA 1How Does the Sexual Content Found in Current Media Affect People in Different Age Groups?Date : February 12, 2017Everyone has heard the phrase sex sells. Sexual content is prevalent worldwide, from newspapers, to television and the internet. With easy access to any form of sexual image or video, not only adults but impressionable adolescents can get the wrong idea about sex. The question of what effects such content has on people of all ages, especially the developing minds of adolescents has been raised for decades. This essay will outline the detrimental effects that current media outlets and exposure to sexuality has on people.
SEX IN THE MEDIA 2When people connect sexual content and media their minds wander to scantily clad women selling various products or pornography. It doesn’t focus on the unfair depiction of women after the trauma of sexual assault. Los, M., & Chamard, S. E. (1997) wanted to see how assault victims were portrayed in the media by reviewing cases reported in 2 Canadian newspapers from 1980-1984. They highlighted 4 stories which were presented in papers as a ‘mini series’. In each story, the female victims were inaccurately portrayed. Their assaults were downplayed, they were made out to be liars, one victims previous drug abuse and history of prostitution was centered on and another victim was depicted as having ‘liked it and wanted it’. (Los, M., & Chamard, S. E. 1997, pp 306-307). Although outdated, their research is still relevant.With women being seen not as victims but as objects, they lose their voice. Many will not come forward for fear of being persecuted. The ensuing drama sells stories whether accurate or not. It is much more entertaining to catch a girl lying or read about her sordid past than the assault.