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Asking Too Much (Los Angeles Times, January 31, 2008)

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Val Zavala>> Teenagers are experimenting with sex at younger and younger ages, or are they? If you take a look at the media, everything from Britney Spears, to advertising, to the internet, you can't help but see this sexualization of youth. For a frank conversation, we brought three opinionated people together in the kitchen of CommUnity Advocates president, David Lehrer.

Karen Stabiner is a journalist and author of "My Girl: Adventures with a Teen in Training", and Kaveri Subrahmanyan is a professor of family studies at Cal State Los Angeles and a researcher into children's digital media at UCLA. David Lehrer got our discussion going.

David Lehrer>> Kaveri and Karen, you can't drive on the Sunset Strip and look at billboards. You can't turn on your cable television and not look at what's on late at night on various stations. You can't go to the internet without realizing how sexualized our culture has become. Is it different than it was? Is it just more present or is there a greater intensity than fifteen, twenty or forty years ago?

Karen Stabiner>> It's more blatant than it used to be and there's certainly more of it because we have more conduits for communication.

Kaveri Subrahmanyan>> And they're closer to home.

Karen Stabiner>> And we can't keep them out.

Kaveri Subrahmanyan>> And they're on twenty-four hours a day.

David Lehrer>> Well, it sounds like you're convincing me. So it is qualitatively different than it was even twenty years ago, ten years ago, before the internet was so omnipresent.

Kaveri Subrahmanyan>> Unfortunately, yes. I hate to say that.

Karen Stabiner>> I mean, I think we could argue that Betty Grable was as outrageous in her day as what we're seeing, as Britney Spears is today.

Kaveri Subrahmanyan>> There are more Betty Grables today.

Karen Stabiner>> There are more Betty Grables. They're all over the place. Again, these are not the days of three-channel network television.

Kaveri Subrahmanyan>> Not just saying less, but saying more and more expletive statements and at a younger age, I think.

David Lehrer>> But America's always marketed, you know. Cars have been marketed for fifty years with sexual innuendos and the subtext was that this will make you -- but there's something different today, I think. It's that explicitness and its omnipresence.

Karen Stabiner>> Well, and there is the sense that, if you are sexually active, you are somehow cool. You know, the Abercrombie & Fitch scandal of a couple of years ago revolved around producing thong underwear -- I can barely say it -- for tweenage, let alone teenage, girls with little sayings, little sexually --

David Lehrer>> -- on the underwear?

Karen Stabiner>> Oh, yeah. So that implies that someone is seeing the underwear who's reading it. They've come out with a recent catalog because for a while they stepped way back and said, oh, we're so sorry. We'll be responsible. We're good marketers. Now they've come out with yet another sexually explicit catalog. So the whole notion of what you wear gets confused with your sexuality.

David Lehrer>> And it's also marketing that kind of stuff that eleven and twelve year olds is almost obscene itself.

Karen Stabiner>> Yes. I mean, the things that we were looking at when we were seventeen, eighteen or nineteen years old, if you go to a newsstand now and just look at the covers and look at the cover lines on the magazines directed at tweenagers, you're going to see things that you sort of feel bad that they're having to deal with.

David Lehrer>> Okay, so it is bad.

Kaveri Subrahmanyan>> Well, I think the sexualization of adolescent subculture has always been present. I just think that as adults, it's been on the outside. But I think with the sexualization of the media and its openness on the internet, we're just getting a window on the teen life that we didn't have before.

David Lehrer>> On the one hand, then, it's hyper-sexualized. But on the other hand, both of you in your research suggest that it's not as bad as popular media seems to suggest it is. It may be exaggerated and a bit hyped because it's a great story.

Kaveri Subrahmanyan>> I would have to agree, yes. There certainly is one sexual comment every minute, but there are two comments in which adolescents are trying to find partners. So in the scheme of things, it's not as much, but it is pretty intense.

Karen Stabiner>> And in the bad girl literature which everyone out there who has a teenage girl has probably bought, if you total up the numbers of girls who were interviewed for that research and then you look at the source because everyone of those girls only qualified as the subject if she had the problem the author was writing about, you have an entire body of literature upon which we base many of our conclusions. It's two thousand girls with a problem in a population of millions. If that were a medical study, we'd throw it out.

David Lehrer>> Okay. The media has been rife over the past couple of years with stories about adolescents and oral sex as if it were an epidemic. Do you find that true from your monitoring the internet and from your personal life, being a parent of a junior high school student?

Kaveri Subrahmanyan>> Well, I don't know how common it is among younger adolescents, ones who are still in middle school, but I do think some of the stories may have an element of truth among high school students. Last night I asked my daughter who's a junior if the stories about oral sex among teens were really true.

She seemed really upset and she was like, "Yes." So my next question because, you know, I like to think that she doesn't engage in these activities, was whether she was an outlier and she was even more vehement in answering yes.

Also, another anecdote comes to mind. Of course, keep in mind that these are anecdotes. These are by no means recent studies. Last year or the year before, there was a field trip of sorts. I guess it was something where the high school students took the bus to one of the theme parks. I forget which. She really didn't want to go on the bus.

I was really hesitant to have to drive, you know, two hours and then go back another two hours at midnight to pick her up. I was asking, "Can't you just take the bus?" She really did not want to take the bus. I kept at it and finally the answer came out that a lot of oral sex goes on in the back of the bus. She really did not want any part of it.

David Lehrer>> I've never been on a bus like that. I'm going to ride Greyhound from now on (laughter).

Kaveri Subrahmanyan>> For two hours, this was a Friday night. I was stuck in traffic at midnight for two hours. I said it was worth it.

David Lehrer>> Well, maybe these impossible stories aren't so possible. You know, when was the moment when this all happened? I mean, is it Bill Clinton's, you know --

Karen Stabiner>> -- well, he certainly changed the definition of sex. You know, it's okay because it isn't real sex.

David Lehrer>> As a result in the work environment, I think the whole Monica Lewinsky thing changed the nature of what can be discussed at the workplace. I don't think the common vernacular for oral sex, as a person who manages people, ever would have come up in the workplace after Monica Lewinsky.

Karen Stabiner>> But seeing that and everything else we're hearing certainly -- I mean, in my generation, my parents never uttered the words oral sex in my presence.

Kaveri Subrahmanyan>> But look at the literature, going back ten years, fifteen years. You always see the same sexuality. You see the same things in the literature, so they're not new things.

Karen Stabiner>> No. I think it's just a constant challenge of parents as to how we're going to deal with it. Sarah was telling me something a few days ago. It was just a report of something that went on at school. It was about academics. It was not some major watershed where all the alarm bells were going off. I was listening, but I was doing sixteen things at once. I was multitasking.

At some point, she said to me and she pulled herself up and said, "You know, there's a difference between hearing and listening." I was stunned because, of course, she's absolutely right. I think that a lot of parents understandably, given everything that we're trying to deal with, sometimes barely get to hearing. You know, listening is a luxury for Sunday afternoon ten minutes before dinner and I think, again, it comes back to our responsibility. They're being bombarded.

David Lehrer>> I think there's probably nothing more important that most adults do than raise good children.

Kaveri Subrahmanyan>> Absolutely. You've got to make time for it. You know, don't work as much or work fewer hours. I don't know, but really make time for our kids.

Karen Stabiner>> Or just be dog-tired at the end of the day and never have time to comb your hair.

David Lehrer>> On that prescription for further exhaustion, I want to thank you both for joining us today.

 

 
   
 
 
   

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