How much influence does the media have on viewers and who is responsible?
Researchers at New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College are urging parents to protect their children from sexual content in films as they release a new six-year study that found viewing such content has a significant impact on the sexual behaviour of young adults.
“Adolescents who are exposed to more sexual content in movies start having sex at younger ages,” says Dr. Ross O’Hara, adding that they also tend to have “more sexual partners” and indulge in risky sexual behaviour.
“These movies appear to fundamentally influence their personality through changes in sensation-seeking, ” O’Hara says, “which has far-reaching implications for all of their risk-taking behaviors.”
O’Hara and his colleagues found that greater exposure to sexual content in movies at a young age led to a higher peak in sensation-seeking during adolescence. As a result, sensation seeking sexual behavior can last well into the late teens and even into the early twenties if young people are exposed to these kinds of movies.
Many adolescents turn to movies to acquire “sexual scripts” that offer examples of how to behave when confronted with complicated emotional situations.
Researchers point out that it is important to remember that this research cannot conclude a direct causal effect of movies on sexual behavior. Nonetheless, O’Hara says, “This study, and its confluence with other work, strongly suggests that parents need to restrict their children from seeing sexual content in movies at young ages.”
One Million Moms is working to do just that as they seek to influence NBC to drop its TV show, “The New Normal,” which attempts to normalize the homosexual lifestyle. NBC’s vision: “These days, families come in all forms - single dads, double moms, sperm donors, egg donors, one-night-stand donors... It's 2012 and anything goes.”
One Million Moms reports:
To sum it up, this show is about a homosexual couple who hires a surrogate to have their baby. . . It is no surprise that openly gay Ryan Murphy, is one of the executive producers and director, who also brought us "American Horror Story," "GLEE," and "Nip/Tuck."
NBC is using public airwaves to continue to subject families to the decay of morals and values, and the sanctity of marriage in attempting to redefine marriage. These things are harmful to our society, and this program is damaging to our culture.
Millions of Americans strongly believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman. NBC's "The New Normal" is attempting to desensitize America and our children.
Gay rights activists mock OMM for seeking to prevent the spread of homosexual propaganda.
From the Huffington Post article, "TV made me gay":
A Bunch Of Mothers [One Million Moms] wants you to believe that shows like Glee, Ellen, The New Normal and Modern Family will turn your children gay and damage our culture.
First, being gay is not a choice -- no more a choice than, say, being a woman, or being white. Second, a TV show might make you realize you are gay, but TV cannot make people gay. One is born gay, or they are not.
First of all, having same-sex attraction is quite different from promoting the homosexual lifestyle. One is a feeling, the other is a behavior. Second, if people are born gay, why is there no gay gene and why is sexual orientation now considered fluid? Third, if the media has no influence on the behavior of its viewers, why do advertisers spend frillions of dollars to influence our actions?
And why is there now a lawsuit accusing a movie studio with fostering Aurora mass murderer James Holmes’ violent behavior?
TMZ reports that Aurora massacre survivor Torrence Brown Jr. is suing Warner Bros. for fostering violence in its Batman trilogy. Brown’s attorney Donald Karpel told TMZ, "Somebody has to be responsible for the rampant violence that is shown today."
Will the lawsuit mentality cross over to sexual content in the media?
If movie studios are held responsible for the actions of their viewers, will shows like "The New Normal" be sued for fostering an unhealthy homosexual lifestyle?
When does personal accountability begin?