Sexual integrity and Big Brother (letter)by M.A. RossNews 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,