As Janet would say… “Touch-a-touch-a-touch-touch me!”

Sexual imagery.  We are bombarded by it every day through multiple forums and in vibrantly different ways.  Sifting through ads and commercials, it becomes glaringly obvious why men and women (however less admittedly so) are constantly lusting for sex.  A vast majority of our everyday lives have to do with sex. From the jokes we make (i.e.: “that’s what she said”) to the ads we watch (see video below) and articles we read on a daily basis.  With all this information and pictography thrown in our faces, sometimes it’s hard to remember this is an activity we actually participate in.


Think about it: we come across thousands of ads each day. Many of them involve subtle sexual innuendo if not going for all out blatant sexual stimulation.  Why, why, why are we so responsive to this type of advertising?  Let’s just be honest: it’s because we all love sex.  Male or female, gay or straight; everyone enjoys sex.  And if we can’t get it when we want it, we choose the next best alternative: thinking about sex.  It shouldn’t be that surprising. Everybody has sex.  Everybody wants more sex when the sex they just had is done.  Everybody is on a constant hunt to find great sex or to hold on to it once it’s found.  Of 12,000 people interviewed for Durex’s Brit Sex Survey, 70% had discussed sexual fantasies with their partner (Masters).  53% had used a vibrator, proving that sex is sought after, even when a suitable partner is not found.  Almost 30% had a “sex buddy”-even further verification people are not necessarily searching for an emotional companion but rather a sexual satisfier (Masters).  Advertisers know about this little secret and use it to their advantage by tantalizing us, dangling it in front of our faces, making us yearn for more and convincing us their product will help us achieve our ultimate…desires.
No wonder young teenagers are having sex; who wouldn’t want in on this dirty little secret everyone seems to know about? And to all the parents or “mature professionals” that feel the need to protect our youth from this sinful behaviour: you need to go out and get yourself some great sex. In the Durex Brit Sex Survey, 27% of people admitted losing their virginity under the age of 16 and another 49% between the ages of 16-18 (Masters).  Similarly, a Sun Media-Leger Marketing poll found 51% of Canadians were between 16-20 when they lost their virginity (Song). Therefore, the notion that youth in recent years are having their first sexual experiences at younger ages is a fallacy.  Perhaps it is just more talked about compared to a decade or two ago.  It is completely average for teenagers to be exploring their sexuality.
In the November issue of GQ, three cast members of the TV show Glee posed together in some sexually suggestive poses.  This caused quite a stir amongst the Parents Television Council (PTC) stating the photo shoot “border[ed] on pedophilia” (PTC qt. In Fallon) due to the nature of the television show.  However, both females on the cover are 24-years-old and Corey Monteith is 28.  The show is about students in high school but it is not at all a show for adolescents-the nature of the content is quite mature and not meant to be viewed by young people.  “The median age of Glee viewers is actually 38-years-old” (Fallon), so if concerned parents are anxious about what their children could possibly be absorbing watching this show and it’s associated media coverage, they should monitor their children in the little bubble they wish them to grow up in.


The bottom line is that we are immersed in sexual culture because of our own obsession with it.  If it wasn’t interesting or enjoyable or stimulating, we wouldn’t see it as often as we do.  It’s an exciting part of life, the enjoyable aspect away from every day chores and bores.  Poor little blind-sided teenagers sit and wonder what sex is like until they finally do it for the first time.  Then once they’ve experienced it, they are doomed like the rest of us to a lifetime of searching for the ultimate org-…partner.

Sources:

Fallon, Kevin. “Are the Stars of ‘Glee’ Really Role Models?” The Atlantic.ca The Atlantic, 20, October, 2010. Web. 15 March 2011

Masters, Dave. “Third of us would have sex with anyone for £1m (and 5% just for World Cup tickets)” The Sun., 26 March, 2010. Web. 15 March 2011

Vivian Song. “Canada’s Sex Live” Canoe.ca. Canoe, 15 October, 2007. Web. 15 March 2011

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