Reaction to Sex in the Media Lectures

Last week we covered sex in the media. The first lecture revolved around a discussion on pornography and how it affects society. The second lecture we watched Dreamworlds by Sut Jhally.

During the activity, while I found research online that coincided with what everyone else had come up with. My personal feelings about pornography is less one way or another. I have dated guys who wanted to watch the stuff and frankly I could not care less. It is their business. However, after our classmate shared her own personal experience I guess my feelings on the subject changed. What she and her family went through was unbelievable. I guess sex addiction is not something that just happens to golfers.

My sentiments towards the second lecture were less PG-13. I came home belligerent about the world at large! How dare those crowds in NY and WA treat women in that way. Blaming the media is just a way for people to excuse bad behavior. It boiled down to the group mentality. Because I could hardly believe any one of those guys would have done something like that if they were on their own. It was just ridiculous! I was disgusted.

It probably was not until I was in high school that I actually began to listen to the lyrics in songs. Prior to that, I would sing the songs but really paid no attention to what I was humming along to. Nowadays I turn off the radio the moment Shaggy’s It Wasn’t Me comes on. What kind of message are young people getting from listening to these kinds of songs? I was at the North Georgia Fair this past Saturday and I could not believe my ears when I heard the music being played. But I think I might have been the only person who noticed and/or cared because no one else seemed to feel the music was out of place.

Unfortunately, I think it all comes back to desensitivity. We are creating a world where less and less fazes us. It is a shame, it really is.


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