Youth, Sexuality and the Media's Mixed Message

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From pedophilia to pop culture, America's adolescents are showered with conflicting images of youth and sexuality. While the news is sprinkled with cases of child sexual abuse, the media is saturated with sexy images that feature children and teens. Parents and educators caution restraint, but the barrage of ads for intimate underwear, TV shows that glamorize sex, movies promoting promiscuity, and magazines and music that blast the image of an alluring Britney Spears send a contradictory message to a puritanical culture. Is there a double standard at work? We look at conflicting media and cultural images about youth and sexuality with a Beverly Hills sophomore, the editor of a teen magazine, journalists and authors, one who was himself a victim of child sexual abuse. Sara Terry of the Christian Science Monitor guest hosts.
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