Teen Sex Is Hollywood's Fault

Comments (0)


Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 7:00 AM

click to enlarge 'Take off your dwess.' - MGM / '9 1/2 WEEKS'
  • MGM / '9 1/2 Weeks'
  • 'Take off your dwess.'
Those crazy conservative Christians think Hollywood is ruining America and inspiring teens everywhere to have sex.

If they were right America would be booming with overpopulation instead of putting the brakes on procreation. Well, there is birth control ...

A recent study to be published in the journal Psychological Science concludes that hot movie sex indeed seems to have inspired early adolescents to get freaky:

After coding 684 top-grossing films for sexual content and then matching the viewing of such action against the subsequent behavior of 1,228 participants ages 12-14, researchers found this, says lead author Ross O'Hara of the University of Missouri:

Adolescents who are exposed to more sexual content in movies start having sex at younger ages, have more sexual partners, and are less likely to use condoms with casual sexual partners.

The academics involved in the study found that teens and preteens were susceptible to sexual imagery. According to a summary:

Between the ages of ten and fifteen, the tendency to seek more novel and intense stimulation of all kinds peaks. The wild hormonal surges of adolescence makes judicious thinking a bit more difficult.

(Gosh, sounds like the plot of a movie. Blame it on Rio?).

Anyway, the researchers say this kind of acting out can last well into the 20s and that movies can "fundamentally" change one's sexuality.

A majority of American 14- to 16-year-olds (57 percent) get their "sexual information" from Hollywood and the "media," the study says.

The conclusion? Parents need to "restrict" teens' movie viewing, the researchers say.

More violence, less boobie? We respectfully disagree.

[@dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]

Related Content

Now Trending

Los Angeles Concert Tickets


  • Street League Skateboarding Super Crown World Championship
    On Sunday, Street League Skateboarding touched down in the Galen Center at USC as part of a four-stop tour for SLS's Super Crown World Championship. The L.A. stop determined the roster for Super Crown, airing August 24th on FOX Sports 1. The final eight are Nyjah Huston, Luan Oliveira, Torey Pudwill, Shane O'Neill, Paul Rodriguez, Chaz Ortiz, Matt Berger and Ishod Wair. All photos by Nanette Gonzales.
  • Comic-Con's "Celebrity" Autograph Area
    A sometimes overlooked (but still incredibly unique) aspect of San Diego Comic-Con are the celebs available to sign autographs, as well as the autograph seekers themselves. If you've ever wanted to meet the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld or the guy who played Michelangelo in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, chances are, as you wander the Autograph Area, you'll be able to connect with someone you didn't even realize you were waiting your whole life to meet! All photos by Rob Inderrieden.
  • Real Madrid Soccer Practice at UCLA
    Fans came out to greet world champion soccer team Real Madrid as they practice at UCLA. This is the first time that soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has practiced with the team this year. All photos by Jeff Cowan.