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Basic Cable Awash in Raunch
A Content Analysis of expanded basic cable's Original Prime-Time Series

November 2004

Executive summary

  • Obscene language, including:

    • "Asshole;"

    • "Tits;"

    • "Dick;"

    • "Pussy;"

    • "Prick;"

    • Bleeped and unbleeped uses of "Cock;"

    • Bleeped and unbleeped uses of "Shit;" and

    • Bleeped and unbleeped uses of "Fuck."

  • Graphic sexual content,  including:

    • Explicit dialogue, including a graphic discussion of various sexual positions such as "doggy" and "pile-driver;"

    • Strippers and nudity, including footage of women fondling each others' naked breasts, and performing lap-dances;

    • Masturbation, including a cartoon of a fifth-grader masturbating a dog;

    • Oral sex, including a scene where police interrupt a man while he's performing oral sex on his girlfriend;

    • Threesomes even on programs intended for younger viewers, like MTV's popular The Real World;

    • Anal sex between two men, between a man and a woman, in animated series and in live-action series alike;

    • Kinky sex and fetishes including a depiction of a man penetrating a plastic sex doll's mouth, anus, and vagina;

    • Statutory rape, repeated scenes of a teenaged boy having sex with a middle-aged woman;

    • Sadism/Masochism, including footage of a woman whipping another woman taken inside a sex club;

    • Bestiality including a graphic scene in an animated series in which a gerbil is placed in a man's rectum;

    • Incest depicted between a mother and her son; and

    • Forced sodomy and rape, including a scene in which a man was forced to fellate another man at gun point.


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