Nudity and Sex… No Big Deal

We’ve seen an increase in nudity and sensuality on TV, in Music Videos, and other entertainment media in the last few years. Should we be concerned? Is America concerned?

STD rates are up in my city and up to 23% higher in my entire state. These rates are the highest among young adults age 15-24. I thought it was bad enough in 2008 when the U.S. Center for Disease Control informed us all 1 in 4 teenage girls in America have an STD. Is America’s chillaxed attitude about sex sending young people the wrong message?

My girls went to Italy and France last summer and saw some of the classic paintings and sculptures from brilliant artists like Michelangelo, DaVinci… and those other Ninja turtles. As they gazed at nude paintings in the Louvre and on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel… my wife didn’t cover their eyes.

So when is nudity art… and when is it just a ploy to get more viewers to watch the movie?

Or let me ask another question: Does the increase of gratuitous nudity and sexually explicit material in today’s entertainment media have any consequences?

I don’t see a lot of young people getting aroused while studying 16th century art like the Titian painting  above. But porn? A rampant problem, with real consequences.

How should parents respond to all this highly sexualized entertainment, especially now that it’s just a click away on their kids’ phones?

I answer these questions and more in our brand new Youth Culture Window article this week, The Naked Truth.

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over a dozen books including the new Get Your Teenager Talking, The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket, The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide for Teenager, and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers, Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation, and the 10-Minute Talks series. Jonathan speaks and trains at conferences, churches and events across North America, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan and his wife Lori, and their three teenagers Alec, Alyssa and Ashley live in California.
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5 Responses to Nudity and Sex… No Big Deal

  1. Tracey says:

    Good article. Let’s go back to the video of the evolution of the bikini. The designer said when a male looks at a female in a bikini, it lights up the part of the brain that is associated with tools. So, I wonder if that is the same thing when looking at art that is of naked women, your Sistene Chapel example. How is that any different than seeing it in a magazine? Just because it is not a live “real” person? From the time that sin was brought into the Garden of Eden, man has struggled to remain pure. I think classic “art” can be just as enticing as that girl on the street in New York. The women who think the have the right to walk down the street topless forget that women and men are different. God did not take a piece of Adam’s brain, but a piece of his bone. Not a part of the body that we generally refer to as animate. Most women are not as visual as men, and therein lies the rub. While a woman can look upon a naked male form and not be aroused, (or think of men as a tool… well, only if the shoe fits,) a man has a totally different experience. I agree that there is too much nudity being shoved into our collective faces, but the way it is being done is more the problem. A little here, with Alan Thicke’s video, then JT jumps on the bandwagon, so as not to seem like he’s not as cool, and BAM! it’s everywhere. This is the same way the the gay agenda has been forced on a society that has voted (in your home state) to keep marriage between a man and a woman, in the way God created it, but a few cogs want to change the voice of the people to fit their agenda. The sad thing is that we can have these discussions all we want with our kids, and hope they are mature enough to remain clear of the new open society we are racing toward, but some will cave under the intense peer pressure to conform or be left behind. Thanks for your always insightful message.

  2. Tracey says:

    Thanks Jonathan, because you always force me to think about these issues, even if my take may be different than yours.

  3. Sean says:

    I think Furious D has a nice response to increased nudity in media. Well atleast the TV part of it.

    http://dknowsall.blogspot.com/2013/06/hollywood-babble-on-on-1034-being.html

  4. Sean says:

    Why do you think that?