The History of Sex in the Media and Present Day Implications

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When I was first given this assignment it made me a bit uneasy. I was nervous about writing an extended essay on one particular topic. Being that there are so many social issues that need to be brought to light I was having a little trouble sticking to just one. However, with some guidance and encouragement I decided to finally settle with the issue of sex in the media. Within this extended essay I will attempt to shine light on the history of sex in advertisement and examples of different ads, prove sex sells any and everything, the role the media plays in our youth’s lives and creates hyperactive sexual development in children between thirteen and seventeen years old and how the media degrade women and associate them as mere objects. I…show more content…
It also saddens me that there is barely any virtue left in the media for the youth that is considered tasteful. Gratuitous ones like kings of hill, South Park, family guy, etc, replaced more than half of the cartoons that were considered beneficial and good mannered for the young audience.

History Advertising and sex has been linked together since advertising became a big business. The use of sexually indicative images really highlight that sex is commodities best friend. Sex is used to sell all kinds of products and due to my research it seems to sell…best? Sex in the media has gone back to the 1870s when John Everett Mallais painted a portrait of a seemingly innocent Victorian girl, which he titled “Cherry Ripe” (See page a1). In the portrait Cherry Ripe’s arms are “open,” and, to make the message obvious, her hands are pressed palm to palm between her slightly parted legs, forming an image of female genitalia. Not to mention Cherry ripe’s black mitts point out the scandalous suggestion of her hands. In the portrait the mitts stand out and draw attention to the frame of the little girl’s hands. Implying mature pubic hair…? Scholars reviewing Victorians art history have argued that there are not only sexual implications in the title but that the painting reflects the tension between the innocent and the wanted.
In 1871 an ad representing the Pearl Tobacco brand, many images such as this one were
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