Sex, Sex And The Media, By Victor Strasburger

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Today’s society is corrupted with misrepresentations of how an intimate relationship should appear. Media often portrays intercourse as something to be taken lightly and that negative consequences are a rare occurrence. What is the effect of the misrepresentation of sex in the media on teenage sexuality? Christina Grant (2003) provides a careful evaluation of this question in “Teens, Sex and the Media: Is there a Connection?” leaning slightly towards the argument that sex in the media has a negative impact on adolescents. In “Teenage Sex and the Media,” Victor Strasburger (2012) adopts an assertive approach to this question, explaining why he believes that media should change the way it presents sexuality. Although both authors are credible, Grant writes for a set audience of potential researchers whereas Strasburger’s audience consists of parents, educators and adolescents. The reader is made aware of the intended audience through the differing format and language used by the authors. While Strasburger targets a wider audience, he is closed-minded in comparison to Grant, who leaves room for interpretation of arguments.
Although both authors are credible, Grant writes principally for academic researchers whereas Strasburger writes for a general population consisting of parents, educators and teens themselves. This intention is made evident through the authors’ use of format and language. Firstly, Grant writes for a medical peer-reviewed publisher, Pulsus Group Inc., and…

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