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Monday, August 07, 2006

Next Study: Excessive Drinking Causes Drunkeness

Here's a big shocker:
Songs depicting men as "sex-driven studs," women as sex objects and with explicit references to sex acts are more likely to trigger early sexual behavior than those where sexual references are more veiled and relationships appear more committed, the study found.
Teens who said they listened to lots of music with degrading sexual messages were almost twice as likely to start having intercourse or other sexual activities within the following two years as were teens who listened to little or no sexually degrading music.
Among heavy listeners, 51 percent started having sex within two years, versus 29 percent of those who said they listened to little or no sexually degrading music. Exposure to lots of sexually degrading music "gives them a specific message about sex," said lead author Steven Martino, a researcher for Rand Corp. in Pittsburgh. Boys learn they should be relentless in pursuit of women and girls learn to view themselves as sex objects, he said.
"We think that really lowers kids' inhibitions and makes them less thoughtful" about sexual decisions and may influence them to make decisions they regret, he said.
Music sends messages which can influence actions: the same premise that causes companies to spend millions on advertising.


Anonymous said...

Let me give you another shocker:
***kids lie about sex.***

Do you really think that kids, who listen to their parents, schools, music, and movies constantly talk about sex (whether encouraging or discouraging it) are really going to say, “I don’t have sex at all.” No, they are going to lie, exaggerate, and generally provide inaccurate survey results.

Sure, “music sends messages.” That is why it is protected by the First Amendment. But so do blogs, churches, newspapers, TV shows, and everything else. Indeed, parents send quite a few messages.

Your commentary, if anything serves one purpose: to absolve bad parents of responsibility, and blame the “media” for things that the parents don’t like. A parent whose kid drinks before he is of age is a failure (and perhaps a criminal), regardless of how many beer commercials he sees.

You don’t seem too eager to condemn underage drinkers, who are, I think far worse than sexually active kids. Is this because you favor some kinds of crime and not others. I would like to see you call for 1) a zero-tolerance policy for all underage drinkers, and abolition all statutes of limitation on such behavior (I know two Virginia DA s who brag about drinking underage); 2) a zero-tolerance policy for straight and gay Virginians performing oral sex (which is a felony in your state). If you don’t do this, I will assume that you encourage the behavior.

Finally, can you correct me if I am wrong on this, but sex between two teenagers if the same age in your state is not a crime, even if they are both underage. If it is a crime, are both guilty? Would, assuming it is their first offense, both get the same jail term, and how many years would they spend in jail?

faithmy said...

For anon it ALWAYS comes back to oral sex in VA. Such a one track mind.

Anonymous said...

Faith, You need to respond to arguments posed, or deny that oral sex between maried straight people is a felony in Virginia. (Or argue that it should be prosecuted, and these criminals should do hard time.)

faithmy said...

OR I can just mock your childish obession about sex laws in VA. Hey--I'll go with THAT choice.

markm said...

Like most such studies, this does not untangle cause and effect. Teenagers who are more interested in sex are going to listen to more sexually explicit music, they are also more likely to have sex.

Anonymous said...

Also, like many such studies it doesn’t even bother to detect whether the kids are telling the truth. No sex audits are conducted. These kids need to be watched 24/7, to tell if the guys are studs who know “what is what” and the girls lack virtue.