.
Support Our Work File an FCC Complaint Movie Reviews Join Us Family Guide to Primetime Television Home
Parents Television Council - Because Our Children Are Watching

 

1%-5% of your purchase will help support the PTC.

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 2008


PTC Advisory Board Member Michael Medved Reacts to New “Sex on TV” Study

 

LOS ANGELES (August 5, 2008) - The Parents Television Council™ Advisory Board Member and Nationally Syndicated Talk Radio Host Michael Medved offered the following statement in response to the new PTC study, Happily Never After: How Hollywood Favors Adultery and Promiscuity Over Marital Intimacy on Prime Time Broadcast Television, which revealed that broadcast networks depict sex in the context of marriage as either non-existent or burdensome, rather than an expression of love and commitment, and depict extra-marital or adulterous sexual relationships with greater frequency and overwhelmingly as a positive experience.

 

“For many years, parents have worried about television’s glamorization of destructive sexual behavior.  This important new report suggests another cause for concern: the de-glamorization of marriage.  Statistics show that the overwhelming majority of Americans feel satisfied and fulfilled by their marriages – and the commonly repeated claim of a ‘50% divorce rate’ is a malevolent myth.  In his new book, ‘Gross National Happiness,’ Professor Arthur Brooks of Syracuse University shows the consistently high levels of marital satisfaction, but on television matrimony is an institution that reduces, rather than increases, joy and pleasure.  Moreover, the General Social Survey of the National Opinion Research Center (and countless other surveys of sexual behavior) show that married people in every age group report more sex -- and much more pleasurable sex -- than their single counterparts.  The notion that sex outside of marriage is inherently more exciting, more important, more worthy as the subject of story-telling, is a toxic message for parents and children alike.

 

“By overstating the incidence and acceptability of cheating, the television industry tends to normalize behavior of which vast majorities disapprove.  By exaggerating the prevalence of pre-marital, teenage sexuality the networks and cable companies suggest that kids who aren’t sexually experienced are missing out on one of life’s great and expected adventures.  No one expects television to take the place of parents when it comes to imparting decent values to youngsters, but it’s by no means necessary for popular culture to undermine the messages of responsibility and self-control that most parents try to pass on to their children.”

 

To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver (ext. 140) or Megan Franko (ext. 148) at (703) 683-5004.

 

 


The Parents Television Council™ (www.parentstv.org®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

  SPECIAL SPONSORS OF THE PTC:

HOME | ABOUT US | PRIVACY POLICY | PRESS ROOM | FAQs | CONTACT US

© 1998-2011 PARENTS TELEVISION COUNCIL. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

JOIN US ON:          .

Parents Television Council, www.parentstv.org, PTC, Clean Up TV Now, Because our children are watching, The nation's most influential advocacy organization, Protecting children against sex, violence and profanity in entertainment, Parents Television Council Seal of Approval, and Family Guide to Prime Time Television are trademarks of the Parents Television Council.