Tuesday, 31 March 2009

The Sex Education Show Vs Pornography

WARNING: The following review contains frank opinions about media manipulation. Oh and pictures of boobies and some naughty words and names of body parts! What did you expect look at the name of the show for pities sake.

I didn't set out to watch this one, I glanced over my shoulder at the wives viewing habits and was shocked to see a row of five naked ladies. Obviously I had to look further. Purely from a scientific viewpoint of course. If you are also scientific you can find some info HERE however it does not seem to be on catch up.

The show does fulfil its stated aim, it is unflinching and shows shows full frontal female nudity throughout. I do have concerns about the sensationalist nature of the editorial team however and these i would like to point out.

Anna Richardson claims that after a couple of minutes she encountered child porn on a normal pornography browsing session. I challenge that as a blatant untruth, at the very best a manipulation. I have used the internet for all kinds of purposes for over 10 years and have NEVER, yes caps intended NEVER come across illegal material in the course of normal browsing. I understand that it does exist but you will need to look hard. This is just shock journo behaviour and is wrong.

More bad journo behaviour follows when the female line up appears, yes they are all normal women, they have real breasts. They are all roughly the same age, size etc. There is no attempt to represent a cross section of society, young old, slim, large. The line-up, the more you consider it, has been very well planned to be ever so slightly on the negative side.

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Then we get into the breast manipulation, by this i don't mean women manipulating breasts but filmmakers manipulating teenagers to make a predefined choice. The line-up of 10 pairs of breasts look simple, however one pair have been surgically enhanced. Oddly enough our intrepid teens say these look the best. Story over. Or is it? If you look again none of the other breasts are particularly young, pert or (for the sake of a better word) normal. There are saggy boobs, inverted nipples, veiny breast fed three kids boobs, pancake boobs but no real competition to the fake breasts that really are not that nice either.They do have an edge given by the filmmakers however, the lighting and composition of the shot is far superior to the others. The image naturally stands out. A nasty trick and one that works to force the right decision. Is this TV or magic?

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Finally coming to the nitty gritty we have a full on shot of the open vulva of a rather hirsute woman. All fair play to her. Its fairly standard as vulvas go but the emphasis is straight away given to “look how hairy it is”. We then have the line-up of vulvas for the boys to select. Imagine Anna's shock when one lad DOESNT choose the obviously placed and again well lit and composed “shaven haven” and goes for a a more natural semi hairy look. Did the trick fail this time channel 4?

We are further insulted by the adults reaction to the “porn” that they are told their kid are seeing. Not surprisingly (as it it not even 10pm yet) we don't see this, but oddly we get no indication of what it actually is they respond to, none, nada. Now if you really want to see how deep the porn rabbit hole CAN go Google 2 girls 1 cup, you wont thank me but you will see just how easily this reaction can be gained. (if you don't want to see really nasty scatological stuff DONT Google it)

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Then we come to the campaign for parental controls on PCs as standard. They seen to forget that a PC is not a bought product on the same lines as a TV, software makes all the difference. With this in mind standard controls are pointless and nigh on impossible. How can you regulate all the Linux distributions, and older OS’s. It is an absolute nonsense. What parents need to understand is that they must make an effort to protect their kids from things they don't want them to see. If you don't understand computers then learn.

I’m all for sex education but this show really is giving people the wrong view about what our children see or believe. There is not porn lurking behind every webpage, there is not a simple choice between hairy and dark and poorly displayed and well lit and artfully posed. Breasts don't only come in perfect porn star of saggy milk factory versions. Some women like to shave some don’t its a personal choice. Not all teens have really seen what the say they have and anyone asked if they know enough about a subject like Sex will always say NO.

At the very basic level Sex Education is very simple. Why do people insist on complicating it?

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