Teenage girls are more likely to be s*xually exploited in TV programs than adult women, according to a new study by the Parents Television Council (PTC).
The PTC examined 238 TV sitcoms and dramas during a four week period and found 33 percent of the episodes to contain s*xually exploitive material towards young girls.
The study also showed that the likelihood of a scene containing dialogue of a s*xually exploitive nature increased when a teenage girl was present and usually the chances of that dialogue containing comedy also increased.
According to the study, 37 percent of all the s*xual exploitation that was shown was intended to be viewed with a humorous nature with topics such as s*xual harassment, pornography, stripping, s*x trafficking and child molestation.
The PTC said their study used United Nations’ definitions of s*xual exploitation with regards to the use of power, position or trust to abuse someone for s*xual purposes by which someone profited financially, socially or politically.
PTC president Tim Winter said that he thought there was never a good time to laugh at s*xual trafficking or rape.
Winter went on to say that because the Television Industry has the ability to impact millions of viewers, especially younger viewers, and billions of dollars are spent on advertising during these shows, it was certain to have a negative social effect.
According to the report during an episode of “Family Guy” aired on May 2012 the teenage female “Meg” appeared on stage and the announcer said that she was the perfect girl to buy if you wanted a s*x slave but didn’t want to spend s*x slave money.
According to PTC, their latest study shows “the frequency with which sexual humor is used to communicate beliefs and perpetuate offensive narrowly defined female stereotypes among underage girls.”
PTC board member the Rev. Delman Coates said that the confusing images on TV are one reason why young people cannot distinguish between appropriate s*xual conduct and inappropriate s*xual conduct.
Apparently, the PTC delayed the release of its findings from last year until now because it decided to focus its resources on the subject of violence in the media after the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings.
PTC’s methodology has been questioned by TV executives who are reluctant to talk about violence and s*xuality on their shows but they don’t agree with the PTC that onscreen behavior will necessarily transfer to real-life situations.