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Mass Media Influences on Sexuality

Jane D. Brown
The Journal of Sex Research
Vol. 39, No. 1, Promoting Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior (Feb., 2002), pp. 42-45
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3813422
Page Count: 4
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Mass Media Influences on Sexuality
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Abstract

The mainstream mass media (television, magazines, movies, music, and the Internet) provide increasingly frequent portrayals of sexuality. We still know relatively little about how this content is used and how it affects sexual beliefs and behaviors. The few available studies suggest that the media do have an impact because the media keep sexual behavior on public and personal agendas, media portrayals reinforce a relatively consistent set of sexual and relationship norms, and the media rarely depict sexually responsible models. More longitudinal research, especially with early adolescents is needed to learn more about how media content is attended to, interpreted, and incorporated into developing sexual lives.

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