AP100928014545In a raft of prime-time TV shows, underage girls are depicted in a higher percentage of sexual situations than adult women, according to a new report by a watchdog group of parents.
The study from the Parents Television Council focused on the 25 network TV shows that are most popular among children 12 to 17 years old, among them "The Office," "NCIS," "Two and a Half Men," "The Vampire Diaries," "Grey's Anatomy," "Desperate Housewives," "Lost," "Family Guy," "House," "Glee," "American Dad" and "The Simpsons."
Underage characters were sexualized at a higher rate than adult women characters in the shows, the study found, and the majority of the underage instances involved "suggestive dancing, erotic kissing, erotic touching and/or implied intercourse," while adult women were more often sexualized by comments and jokes from other characters. Parents Television Council spokeswoman Melissa Henson explains that the report aims to "bring pressure . . . on people who are responsible for creating entertainment products that sexualize young girls," while also hoping to "stigmatize" the practice. Past studies of the content of media productions haven't made much headway in achieving such goals, but the PTC is looking to use the study as the point of departure in "a national dialogue" on the issue.
In that vein, the group's website features a video montage of shame to point out some sexual scenes it objects to, with many scenes from the episode of the Fox teen hit "Glee" featuring Britney Spears making the cut. (The PTC earlier slammed the show's stars for posing in a suggestive GQ spread.)
Henson said in an interview with The Lookout that in more than 70 percent of instances where underage girls were sexualized in the 35 hours of television the group studied, the audience is expected to laugh.Read More »from Parents’ group scolds TV shows for sexualizing young girls