Specifically sex in teen shows.
(I can imagine my parents breathing of relief right now.)
You got ongoing shows like Pretty Little Liars, Vampire Diaries or shows that have already ended like Gossip Girl or the very controversial The O.C.. One thing they all have in common? They’re all teen shows, featuring teens (or better said adult actors playing the part of a teen), the daily high school life and of course, tons of drama. Because being a teenager just has to involve drama. (I guess I wasn’t a proper teenager then…sigh).
Another thing they have in common? Sex. Lots of it. Like, really a lot. (see what I did there, talking like a teenager? Yeah ok..not as cool as I thought..)
Now, sex isn’t bad. I’m in no means saying that. I just think it is totally unrealistic that teenagers have that much sex at such a young age. Yes, teen sex is a thing, it exists, you just need to look at the statistics of teenage pregnancies. I highly doubt the Holy Spirit is getting all of those kids pregnant. But you know what? Ain’t everyone having it like that! These shows depict teenagers copulating more than freaking bunnies during mating season! (do bunnies have a specific mating season? whatever).
I think the worst part isn’t even the whole teens-having-lots-of-sex issue, but the fact that never in these shows have I ever seen them even nearly approaching the subject of safe sex. (except on MTV’s Teen Wolf where they once mentioned a condom).
Sex is normal. It’s healthy. It’s fun! But it also should be done safely. And I think these shows have a huge role in influencing young teens minds. As if teenagers need more influencing with all the hormones and shit going through their brains!!! Teenagers are known to make bad decisions (again, hormones, no clear thinking, immaturity even-though-they-think-they’re-so-freaking-mature. And yes, I was totally one of them too) and are very easily influenced. And let’s be real, these shows are, like it or not, sort of guidelines to nowadays teenagers. I had Dragon Ball and Harry Potter (and yes, I’m still secretly waiting for my letter from Hogwarts, I think the Postman might have lost it), but kids nowadays have these shows.
There are 10 and 12-year-olds watching these TV-shows. And they end up thinking it is normal to have sex with everyone and jump from boyfriend/girlfriend like they’re trying out different outfits. No wonder the younger generation doesn’t value people, relationships and friendships anymore. They’re taught by nowadays shows that those things can just be replaceable, that they’re ephemeral. As if consumerism wasn’t doing a good job at it already, now they are also taught that people are replaceable and shit.
Guys, if you want to have sex at a young age, fine by me! Everyone has the right to do what they want with their own bodies and I have no judgement. But please, be safe! Nowadays people who don’t use protection are just, sorry to say this, plain fucking stupid!
Ok, so it’s not really sexy to stop and see if you have protection, or ask if the guy has a condom because it “kills the mood”. But is it worth the risk contracting some STD or getting pregnant as a teenager and basically ending up being a kid with a kid?
I think the TV-Shows could use their influence to make kids more responsible about their sexual acts. Because, guess what, they are a role model, whether they want it or not. And it’s not just an USA thing either. In Portugal the teen shows also depict everyone having sex with everyone!!! Dude, when I was a teenager I wasn’t doing the hanky panky like that, neither were my friends. (ok, I also thought I’d end up alone and a virgin forever, but that’s a whole other story).
Does anyone out there think that the way these Shows depict teenagers sex lives isn’t realistic and they should at least try to incorporate some safe sex talk? Or am I turning into a 80-year-old-woman? Let me know..I’m curious.