Hollywood sex and glamour drives an industry that not only knows media penetration, it defines media penetration. The glamour of sex is apparent not only in a relatively liberal country like the U.S. but even in extremely conservative countries like Afghanistan, where child prostitution and pornography can be found with relative ease, and where Chinese restaurants are utilized as fronts for Chinese prostitutes. Much of the time the West is blamed for bringing its decadence to other parts of the world. But really, as long as there is testosterone there will be sexual desire. The availability of film just helps it along.
Back to Hollywood. Without Hollywood, as a society we would still be curious about sex, curious about drugs, and curious about violence. Hollywood’s exposition of our seamy underside, however, has really pushed the envelope to the point where the line between acceptable and aberrant behavior has become terribly blurred. How many killings and implied sex scenes per night do we average today on television? I love to laugh over a sexual reference, but when Scrubs is on Comedy Central at 7:00 I have to wonder how many kids who aren’t old enough to grasp the concept get the wrong impression about relationships.
And in the end it’s relationships that I’m worried about. Long-term ones seem to be going to hell in a hand basket.
So what came first: Our sexual freedom or Hollywood’s image of it?