July 22nd 2006

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Articles from this issue:

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Costello stays on ... for the time being

EDITORIAL: China: let the truth be told

ECONOMY: ABS report card on Australia's economy

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Liberals turning to Whitlam-style centralism

AGRICULTURE: Tax breaks for wealthy hurting agriculture

INTERNET FILTERING: Coonan's cash buys a dud

STRAWS IN THE WIND: In days of old, when knights were bold / Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings / When the music stopped / The never-ending blood feud / Keeping the lid on our schools

CULTURE WARS: Is it too late to save our civilisation?

SCHOOLS: Time to teach proper history

OPINION: The Muslim problem facing Australia

MEDICAL SCIENCE: Media hype over cloning and embryo stem cells

MEDIA: Time to evict Channel Ten's 'Big Brothel'

Adoption fears (letter)

Aboriginal tragedy (letter)

Sexual integrity and Big Brother (letter)

BOOKS: Laurence Rees, AUSCHWITZ: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution' / THE NAZIS: A Warning from History


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Sexual integrity and Big Brother (letter)

by M.A. Ross

News Weekly, July 22, 2006

Sexual integrity is an issue in the spotlight because of the Big Brother and cruise-liner affairs. From evidence of the former and reports from the latter, they are examples that uncommitted sexual activity and sex as recreation have the effect of a toxin, meaning they eat away at sensitivities and become "bigger and bolder". For instance, the father of the one man from Big Brother is so desensitised as to defend his son's action.

Dr Mary Ann Layden, co-director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program at the University of Pennsylvania (USA), has much to say about the effects of pornography and this closely related behavior, on the viewers, the performers and their families. (See Dr Layden's two-part feature in News Weekly, September 10 and 24, 2005).

The basic question is, of course, how did "casual sex" ever become so acceptable? There is an answer, dating from decades ago. Then began the disturbance of the latency period of children's development by the gradual introduction of sex topics, visual and verbal, from many quarters. Many parents instinctively knew the pernicious influence that would have, as did practising notable psychiatrists, like Dr Melvin Anchell MD ASPP, but they were overruled.

Reining back corrosive sexual activity is almost impossible, and made more difficult by the big money that finances it. Even Queensland Premier Peter Beattie could not think beyond the benefits of giving money to Big Brother.

However, something can be done immediately. Laws must be passed to keep sex scenes out of TV news and current affairs, and to keep out of prime-time viewing those increasingly suggestive sex scenes shown as ads for later shows.

(Mrs) M.A. Ross,
Rockhampton, Qld.

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