Sex andViolenceAlexander TranchemontagneCMS 200Maureen Ebben
Sex & Violence The purpose of this survey is to try and understand why violence is less censored in the media when compared to sexual acts. I want to understand if sexual acts bother people more than violent acts, hence the censorship. I’d also like to learn why sex & violence on TV bother people.
FactsA recent poll conducted by TIME showed that 53% of those polled wanted stricter guidelines of what can be shown. Ina study about media affecting kids, 54% of kids said they have a TV in their room. Inthe same study, 66% of children (aged 10-16) surveyed said that their peers are influenced by the TV. In another study,77% surveyed that said that too much premarital sex is on TV.
Hypothesis I feel that the media shows much more violent acts when compared to sexual acts. I’d assume watching violent act bothers people more than sexual acts do. I think most people in my age group are okay with the media portraying both acts meaning we watch shows full of them.
Why a survey?I really wanted to figure out what actually offended people so I decide a survey or doing interviews would be the best choices. Doing a survey allowed me to get a lot of peoples opinions in a short time. Getting a pretty good sample wasn’t that difficult either.
Survey Question 1: What is your gender? -male – female Question 2: What age group do you fall under? -12 to 20 -21 to 35 -35 to 45 -46+ Question 3: Seeing which action on TV is more offensive? -sex -violence Question 4: Which action do you see more of on TV? -sex -violence
Survey Question 5: Which action do you think is okay to show on TV? -sex –violence –neither - both Question 6: Describing your reasoning of why you think sex or violence is worse to show on TV compared to the other subject. -Write in an answer. Question 7: Give a reason of your own as to why you think violence is less censored on TV. -Write in an answer.
Age & Gender Gender 12-20:25 21-35:8 Men Women 35-45:12 46+:5 Age 12 to 20 21 to 35Men:29Women:21 35 to 45 46+
Which bothers you more? Sex Violence -This proves my hypothesis wrongSex:39 Violence:11
Which do you see more? Sex Violence -Matches some of my hypothesis -Younger people saw more violence,Sex:22 Violence:28 this may have to do with what they watch.
Which is okay to show? Sex Violence Both NeitherSex:6 -A lot of younger people answered “both”Neither:10Violence:9 -All people aged 46+ answered “neither”Both: 25
Which is worse? Neither is that bad to show on TV, media doesnt’t affect minds. Sexual scenes are really uncomfortable to watch. Violence rarely has any positives. Both are equally bad and should mostly stay off airwaves. It depends on how the act is being portrayed.
Why is violence less censored? The media has de-sensitized us from it. Tomake war look great and trick people into enlisting. Is it? / It isn’t. Because it’s less imitable. It’s really not that bad to show on air.
What I’d do differently I would of asked more people, and I’d get a more even sample of ages. It’dwould been interesting to ask what kind of TV people see that has sex and violence. I should of ask a question that pertained to children’s television.
Conclusion Nearlyeveryone I surveyed between 12 & 20 are okay with media portraying violence and sex. Violence is more prominently portrayed. Sexualscenes make people feel more uncomfortable when compared to violent scenes. It seems the inclusions of these themes in the media may be a generational gap.