Parents Group to TV Shows: Stop Sexualizing Teen Girls

Parents Television Council Says Underage Girls Are Raunchy Punchlines
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2010 2:43 PM CST
Parents Group to TV Shows: Stop Sexualizing Teen Girls
Charlie Sheen, left, and Jon Cryer in a scene from, "Two and a Half Men." It's one of the shows singled out for criticism.   (AP Photo/CBS, Greg Gayne)

A parents' watchdog group says primetime TV shows are obsessed with turning teenage girls into sex objects, reports the Hollywood Reporter. "They can tone it down," says the president of the Parents Television Council. The group looked at the most popular shows on broadcast TV (cable got a free pass) and singled out programs such as Two and a Half Men, the Vampire Diaries, Glee, and the Big Bang Theory. PTC has the full report with a link to video examples on its website.

“The results from this report show Tinseltown's eagerness to not only objectify and fetishize young girls, but to sexualize them in such a way that real teens are led to believe their sole value comes from their sexuality," says PTC president Tim Winter. The group found that underage females were depicted in sexual situations—"erotic kissing," "implied intercourse," and "implied nudity" were among the criteria—more often than adults, notes the Los Angeles Times. (More teenagers stories.)

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