TV’s Provocative Nature: Harming Children’s Innocent Minds

Sex Yeah

“Nothing is provocative anymore
Even for kids
No room for imagining
‘Cause everyone’s seen everything”

Cover for the song 'Sex Yeah' by Marina and the Diamonds.

Cover for the song ‘Sex Yeah’ by Marina and the Diamonds.

Sex Yeah is a song by Marina and the Diamonds and portrays EXACTLY what I am getting at in this blog. We no longer see media as provocative because we are becoming accustomed to seeing half dressed women, hearing dirty songs, and watching inappropriate scenes on TV.

“Nothing is provocative anymore” is true. We are beginning to see it as normal because a provocative culture surrounds us. Shows nowadays can also be deceiving, because what may look kid- friendly may actually be inappropriate. Take South Park and Family Guy (which has an ironic theme song for the content on the show) for example. Both are cartoons, which in my mind correlate with children, but neither of the shows are family friendly.


South Park is rated MA for mature, although it appears to be a decent show with friendly cartoon characters.






Family Guy is rated for ages 14 and up, but again the name and appearance do not portray how vulgar the show actually is.

TV Trouble:

Another problem with the increasing difficulty in finding family shows to watch, is finding family music to listen to. Not only are the lyrics far beyond what a child needs to hear now days, but the music videos are also, very inappropriate. A known example is Miley Cyrus’s video Wrecking Ball.

A UK news source called Mirror reported, “Children are copying the provocative dance moves and sexual song lyrics of pop stars like Miley Cyrus and Rihanna, with some understanding their meanings by the age of just FIVE.” This is a huge problem we need to address, because not only are the kids getting information that is beyond their age, they are also copying it. These girls are who they look up to and that can be very dangerous at such a young age.

“Research by University of South Australia academic Lesley-Anne Ey found direct links between what children watch on television and how they dress and behave.” Kids are surrounded by media, and being a tech savvy generation, they are going far beyond what their parents know they are doing. Many kids copy what they see and allow the hyper sexuality of media to influence their daily decisions. This is resulting in an unnfortunate End of Innocence, which is an article describing the cost of sexualizing kids with a focus in Salt Lake City.

For more information check out The University of Michigan’s article on  on the the effects of Television on Children.

My Input:

To get a better understanding of how much really has changed in the past few decades, I interviewed employees at Georgia Cancer Specialist, one being a Pastor, to see the variety of opinions. What I found in everyone I interviewed was the same. Most had parental blocks on their TV, they were upset at how much media has changed, and also some believed that TV needed to be better regulated to keep children from seeing things they should not see.

Watch for yourself and see if you agree:






Transformation of Television Content over 60 Years

TV Timeline

Drama, action, suspense, humor… all the elements that interest us and are on our favorite TV shows. Television is a part of our daily lives and advertisements are a part of TV. They both catch our attention and draw us in. How could they not though, they are ALWAYS on. Restaurants, the gym, bars, stores, even at hair and nail salons, it’s on. We have become creatures dependent on TV. But, what has TV become?

In my flickr slideshow linked below, you can watch how  TV transforms.

In the 60s until around the 80s TV and advertisements were:

  • Family Friendly
  • Appropriate
  • Characters were modestly dressed
  • Nudity was not an option

From the 2000s to present day, TV and advertisements are:

  • Censored and rated, no longer family friendly
  • Inappropriate
  • Characters are in little to nothing
  • Nudity is allowed

Coexistence of the Two:

Television and Advertisements correlate. TV draws in the viewers and ads pay for the viewing to happen. They  both have the same goal however, to get viewers hooked and wanting more. When one transforms, so will the other.

TV  has strayed from Daisy May in the modest one piece to Naomi Clarke in her show all bikini in a matter of just 50 years. The regulation of TV has changed at a slow pace, but with each decade passing has gotten more and more scandalous and society has become more and more accepting.

On Gilligan’s Island, Mary Ann had to keep her belly button covered, but now we see a lot more than belly buttons on Dating Naked. Times have changed in Television which means they have as well in advertisements.

Lets look at Budweiser Beer:

Just like television the advertisements went from family friendly to vulgar and inappropriate.

Just like television the advertisements went from family friendly to vulgar and inappropriate.


My collage here shows the transformation clearly. In the 60s, just like Gilligan’s Island, what is being shown is appropriate for all viewers. As we go to the late 80s, women are in one piece suit, just like Baywatch. Finally, with the last ad, the women resemble Naomi Clarke on 90210, bikinis are the way to go and now accepted.

Advertisements and television will continue to feed off each other in America, but hopefully society will take a stand against these vulgar ones. If nothing is done, we will have a lot more shows like Dating Naked and the Discovery Channel show Naked and Afraid, and a lot less family fun shows like Beverly Hillbillies and Dukes of Hazzard.