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Parents Television Council Upset TV Networks Like Non-Marital Sex

According to a new study released by the Parents Television Council, broadcast networks depict or imply sex nearly four times as much between non-married partners than their married counterparts.

The group is upset because it says such content on primetime TV "suggests that many in Hollywood are actively seeking to undermine marriage by consistently showing it in a negative manner."

In the study titled 'Happily Never After', the PTC says "networks depict sex in the context of marriage as either non-existent or burdensome while showing positive depictions of extra-marital or adulterous sexual relationships with alarming frequency."

"Children and teens are now exposed to a host of sexual behaviors that less than a generation ago would have been considered off-limits for broadcast television," says PTC President Tim Winter. Among just some of the items it claims that were once-taboo-for-TV and are now found on primetime television: threesomes, partner swapping, bestiality, sex with prostitutes, strippers, oral sex, masturbation, pornography, and sex toys.

"Behaviors that were once seen as fringe, immoral, or socially destructive have been given the stamp of approval by the television industry. And recent studies show that children are influenced by those messages. Our report finds that not only are the boundaries no longer respected – they have been obliterated," adds Winter.

The PTC examined all scripted primetime entertainment programs on the major broadcast television networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and CW) during four weeks at the beginning of the 2007-2008 television season for the report, a total of nearly 208 programming hours.

August 6, 2008 |

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