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Family Relations and Human Development
FRHD 2100
Cindy Clarke

Commercial Sex/Sex and Media Initial questions to consider? Subliminal messages Have you ever bought a product because the advertising sold you? Was sex used to sell it? What made you want to buy the product? SSex and Mass Media The naked body is still the primary means of selling a product Portrayal of sex is blatant Men are used to sell women’s products Women are not used to sell male products History Initially print, magazines, newspapers Mores of the time dictated how individuals could be presented Increasingly over the years sexuality has been introduced Sex sells both products and television Increased sexuality in mainstream television programs to bring viewers back from HBO and satellite programs 50 years ago a movie or television program would not be released unless the couple slept in separate beds Now: can view varying degree of sexual explicitness in the home Erotic Presentation in History Dawn of ancient civilization, people were drawing erotic images on walls Greece is famous for the erotic art that adorned bowls and urns Pornography did not emerge as a distinct category until the middle 18 century Obscenity was illegal among the Puritans because it was an offence against God Trace modern pornographic novel back to Renaissance writer, Pietro Aretino (1492- 1556) Story of Pornography About those who attempt to identify or quantify what it is Struggle for those that oppose it Erotica is not pornography but within the acceptable bounds of decency French philosopher, Michel Foucault, referred to the constant sexuality in the media as a modern compulsion to speak of sex incessantly Erotic Literature Portrayal of sexuality is old as art itself; pornography and censorship are more modern concepts th The church in an effort to av
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