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Jennifer Forsberg Meyer had a very interesting editorial in the Oct. 28 paper about girls and sex. I have never seen or heard of the program “Girls,” luckily. I can only empathize with her, never having been a female but I, too, can share her perplexity at what is occurring in today’s society.
As an example, I was idly tuning my TV across the hundreds of channels available on my satellite service and I came across a group of programs aimed at the young people of today. These are not porn channels (supposedly) but are channels programmed to appeal to young people. I stopped at one sitcom involving a group of 20 to 25-year-olds discussing a question, of some subject or other, that was not being settled one way or the other. Someone suggested that one of the people not in the discussion be asked his opinion. Someone said that he was in the next room so they all moved into the other room. The camera view in the other room showed a girl bent over a table facing the camera with a blank look on her face. Her skirt was up around her waist and the boy behind her appeared to be involved in what Jennifer described as “the most intimate physical act there is.” The boy looks up at the group entering the room, stops his motions, then answers the question that the group was pondering. The group goes back to the first room and the boy continues his activity.
The girl continued to stare vapidly toward the camera without entering the conversation or a change of expression. Not only was I stunned at this rude display on TV, in the prime time slot, but I questioned, in my mind, what the girl on the table was supposed to be getting out of the encounter. I am also not a prude but fail to see what redeeming value that program had. It was just plain crude.
Television today is a bottomless pit with very little positive value. It is getting even worse with all the personal communicating devices allowing the exchange of this type of material on a personal level. Is it any wonder that we have a monumental problem with our young people with this trash being presented as normal?
There should be a public outcry to the TV industry and a boycotting of any commercial advertisers associated with this programming. I certainly don’t watch or support these channels. I applaud Jennifer for writing about her concerns from her perspective.