Some of us are old enough to remember the shocking nature of Barbara Eden’s showing her navel on “I Dream of Jeannie” in the ’60s and how the revealing one-piece bathing suits on “Charlie’s Angels” in the ’70s were considered scanty.
Compare that with today.
No one is shocked or surprised today to see several performers on MTV’s award shows barely clothed and parading like dancers in a strip joint. Yesterday’s wardrobe malfunctions are today’s wardrobes (or lack thereof).
MTV’s reality shows “Jersey Shore” and “16 and Pregnant” are only the beginnings of a television tidal wave of explicitly sexual content that is invading the hearts and minds of America’s youth.
Here is a small sampling of other exposing moments that USA Today reported your child or grandchild might run into on television when you offer him or her some free time to channel-surf.
Spike TV’s dirty college comedy, “Blue Mountain State,” showed a masturbating school mascot on its premiere.
When it premiered, ABC’s “Cougar Town” had a scene that implied Courteney Cox’s character was giving oral sex to her date.
“Nip/Tuck” peaked its sixth and final season by highlighting sexually compulsive plastic surgeons.
On ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” Julie Benz played a stripper for the series’ fifth season.
VH1 offers the titillating “Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew.”
Showtime’s “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” highlighted Billie Piper playing hooker Belle, who was using her new sexual experiences with clients to write a book.
And do I need to say any more than just the title of Showtime’s “Californication”?
HBO’s “Hung” (as the title also implies) is about a well-endowed teacher moonlighting as a prostitute.
Has the escalation of sexual content over the past decade on television had negative effects upon our culture and younger generations?