77% of Americans Say TV is Too Sexy - Exclusive Family Circle Survey Reveals 72% of Americans Say There's Too Much Sex In Media -

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Family Circle

    NEW YORK, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive Press Release/ -- Is America
 oversexed?  Most people say yes, according to a national poll of men and women
 by Family Circle magazine, which reports that 72% of respondents said there's
 too much sex in media, and 77% said there's a problem with sexual content on
 TV.
     Nearly two-thirds of those polled frowned on radio sex-advice shows (62%),
 and more than half were bothered by the lyrics in some popular music (52%).
     "Our survey's findings signal a general public displeasure with the
 media's loosening standards when the subject is sex," says Family Circle
 editor in chief Susan Ungaro.
     Did TV viewers disapprove of the R-rated fashions worn by Jennifer Lopez
 to the 1999 Grammy Awards and Britney Spears during the 2000 MTV awards?  Some
 did-women especially:  45% were very offended by Lopez and 43% were very
 offended by Spears, versus 24 and 19% of disapproving men.  Other findings:
     -- Asked what type of content on TV most upsets them, 40% of adults said
        any kind of explicit sex.  Gay themes came next, mainly due to the
        opinions of men (21%).
     -- 61% of adults said there are TV programs they don't watch because of
        sexual content; an even larger group (84%) said there are programs they
        don't let their kids watch for the same reason.  "Howard Stern," MTV
        and the "Jerry Springer Show" got the most write-in votes for
        single-most offensive program that discriminating adults don't watch;
        MTV and "Sex and the City" got top votes for the most offensive program
        parents won't let their kids watch.
     -- Parents of teens let their kids see some R-rated films:  the top five
        parent-approved R-rated films are "When Harry Met Sally" (92%),
        "Schindler's List" (91%), "Saving Private Ryan" (91%), "Pretty Woman"
        (90%), and "Alien" (90%).  Top five forbidden films for teens:  "The
        Full Monty" (35%), "American Beauty" (30%), "Bull Durham" (22%),
        "There's Something About Mary" (21%), "The Big Chill" (20%).
     -- 37% of adults said they felt embarrassed when they and their partner
        watched a movie that contained unexpected sexual content.
     -- Sexy coverlines on women's magazines bother and turn off more female
        buyers than they please and attract:  39 versus 9%.
     -- 68% of adults said parents are solely responsible for protecting kids
        from sexual content in the media/entertainment; and 57% have increased
        their supervision of their kids' TV watching and time online.
     -- Asked to rate nine shows for what's fun and what's not, adults gave
        "Friends" and "Just Shoot Me" top honors as shows they would label
        fun-sexy, and voted "Howard Stern" and "G-String Divas" most offensive.
     -- Almost half the people surveyed (44%) said their kids are much more
        sexually sophisticated than they were when they were kids because of
        exposure to sexual content in media and entertainment.  Only 6% think
        their kids have been positively affected by this exposure.  But only
        16% think their kids have been negatively affected.
 
     Family Circle surveyed 728 adults nationally, aged 25 to 60-plus, during
 December 2000.  Complete findings appear in the current (May 15) issue of the
 magazine.
 
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SOURCE Family Circle
    NEW YORK, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive Press Release/ -- Is America
 oversexed?  Most people say yes, according to a national poll of men and women
 by Family Circle magazine, which reports that 72% of respondents said there's
 too much sex in media, and 77% said there's a problem with sexual content on
 TV.
     Nearly two-thirds of those polled frowned on radio sex-advice shows (62%),
 and more than half were bothered by the lyrics in some popular music (52%).
     "Our survey's findings signal a general public displeasure with the
 media's loosening standards when the subject is sex," says Family Circle
 editor in chief Susan Ungaro.
     Did TV viewers disapprove of the R-rated fashions worn by Jennifer Lopez
 to the 1999 Grammy Awards and Britney Spears during the 2000 MTV awards?  Some
 did-women especially:  45% were very offended by Lopez and 43% were very
 offended by Spears, versus 24 and 19% of disapproving men.  Other findings:
     -- Asked what type of content on TV most upsets them, 40% of adults said
        any kind of explicit sex.  Gay themes came next, mainly due to the
        opinions of men (21%).
     -- 61% of adults said there are TV programs they don't watch because of
        sexual content; an even larger group (84%) said there are programs they
        don't let their kids watch for the same reason.  "Howard Stern," MTV
        and the "Jerry Springer Show" got the most write-in votes for
        single-most offensive program that discriminating adults don't watch;
        MTV and "Sex and the City" got top votes for the most offensive program
        parents won't let their kids watch.
     -- Parents of teens let their kids see some R-rated films:  the top five
        parent-approved R-rated films are "When Harry Met Sally" (92%),
        "Schindler's List" (91%), "Saving Private Ryan" (91%), "Pretty Woman"
        (90%), and "Alien" (90%).  Top five forbidden films for teens:  "The
        Full Monty" (35%), "American Beauty" (30%), "Bull Durham" (22%),
        "There's Something About Mary" (21%), "The Big Chill" (20%).
     -- 37% of adults said they felt embarrassed when they and their partner
        watched a movie that contained unexpected sexual content.
     -- Sexy coverlines on women's magazines bother and turn off more female
        buyers than they please and attract:  39 versus 9%.
     -- 68% of adults said parents are solely responsible for protecting kids
        from sexual content in the media/entertainment; and 57% have increased
        their supervision of their kids' TV watching and time online.
     -- Asked to rate nine shows for what's fun and what's not, adults gave
        "Friends" and "Just Shoot Me" top honors as shows they would label
        fun-sexy, and voted "Howard Stern" and "G-String Divas" most offensive.
     -- Almost half the people surveyed (44%) said their kids are much more
        sexually sophisticated than they were when they were kids because of
        exposure to sexual content in media and entertainment.  Only 6% think
        their kids have been positively affected by this exposure.  But only
        16% think their kids have been negatively affected.
 
     Family Circle surveyed 728 adults nationally, aged 25 to 60-plus, during
 December 2000.  Complete findings appear in the current (May 15) issue of the
 magazine.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X45213522
 
 SOURCE  Family Circle