‘Cause sex sells

'Cause sex sells
"Shake, shake, shake your money maker, like you were shaken' it for some paper … " Ah, I cringe at the smut language that has infested the minds of our youth. Just the other day my sister asked me what a money maker was. Now keep in mind she's a second grader, and she told me she heard some kid in her class singing about it. What has this day and age come to? I thought it was bad enough when the Webster dictionary added "bling bling" to its vast amount of words the spelling kids already obsess over like it's the Holy Grail.

Whatever happened to articles on home cleaning, fashion do's and don't's and wholesome diet tips? A quick walk by the magazine section in Wal-Mart should answer that question. Aisle upon aisle filled with magazines advertising "barely there" dressed models, soaking wet from an unseen hose, with headlines like "How to get away with public indecency 101" are open to the public. Money-hungry business believe that if they call the magazine J-14 or Teen Bop they can appeal to younger audiences, and yes, they are correct. They abuse this factor by putting snapshots of anorexic models, skimpy outfits, and "how to's" for things that children shouldn't even begin to think about yet and still expect children to idolize them.

Forget good taste and morals. Why go to college when you could cuddle up under the arm of Hugh Hefner? Now I understand that they do this for a living, but why corrode the otherwise impressionable minds of children? They should be learning their three R's: reading, writing, and arithmetic (however, they are laboring under false claims because writing and arithmetic definitely don't begin with R).

The media no longer talks about the world or the successes of mankind but rather about one sex scandal after another. What do we expect to do when teachers ask them to bring in news articles, and we know they will, and all they could find is a Cosmo article about breast implants and Victoria's Secret? Companies claim that parents can just put television blocks on the channels that are "inappropriate." However, the only way to achieve this would be to unplug the television altogether. It is almost impossible to protect the eyes and minds of children unless scientists come up with a sun block for perversion, earmuffs against smut lyrics or invisibility sensors for magazine covers.

I don't expect every rap video to put clothes on their dancers or for television shows to stop advertising diet pills targeting people who "think they are fat" in comparison to the commercial models.

I just don't understand why they promote sex the way they do. How do the lavishly wealthy think they gain respect from their viewers? Children have tendencies to look up to the famous; unfortunately, these are the ones that are strutting their stuff at inappropriate times. Whatever happened to the days of magazines and tabloids of family-friendly boy bands? How could we have let brains and goals be smothered in bronzed bodies and pent-up articles? Because sex sells – take it or leave it.

This story is published thanks to a joint agreement between the Plain Talk and Vermillion High School journalism class.

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