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Criticism For The Joy Of Teen Sex

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Channel 4 Joys of Teen Sex

Very inneresting debate going on!

Channel 4 in the UK is being criticized for it's show the Joy of Teen Sex. The channel, which was first to air Skins and Queer as Folk, both controversial for their content, is standing by their program.

Here are some of the complaints:

"The advice given to program participants left little room for exploration, choice, and the right to refuse sexual activity that doesn’t appeal to them."

And a description of some of the things depicted:

"The series, which began airing at the beginning of the year in the 10 p.m. slot, features a series of young adults being given advice on first-time anal sex, improving lesbian sex, the use of sex toys and information about genital embellishment. It has featured scenes where a 17-year-old girl is given explicit images of intercourse to develop her range of sex skills, a 20-year-old boy is advised how to deal with the pain of anal sex and a young woman is seen having a plaster-cast made of her vagina."

Now, we do understand the benefit of pushing boundaries, but usually when a certain balance is in order. We agree that because of the such young people being featured that, yes, maybe there should be other alternatives and options presented like mentioned earlier. This does not, however, mean that it should be pulled off the air!

There will always be controversy floating around the idea of sex and sex education. There will never be just one consensus on the subject. If this show offends you, don't watch it. Talk to your teens, let them know they shouldn't be watching it either.

Communication is key!

Channel 4 isn't being silent about the stir, and responded that the show is providing additional education support to things not seen in schools.

They also said:

"We realize that this type of programming will not always appeal to everyone. However, Channel 4 is always willing to listen to the concerns of viewers and interested parties following its broadcasts and we will correspond with the authors of the letter directly about their concerns."

We are glad that they are handling this gracefully, and not pulling the show on a knee-jerk reaction. The show only started near the beginning of the year, and it seems like many aren't sure what it could be or even realize if there is a certain potential yet!

All this buzz about it is just going to get people to watch it more, too!

What do U think about all this??

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31 comments to “Criticism For The Joy Of Teen Sex

  1. 1

    Teens are curious. It's part of growing up. Better to be informed than mis-informed. Europeans have always had a more healthy view of human sexuality and European teens seem to have a more liberal view on human sexuality. Access to information is a wonderful tool, and teens who are asking questions should be treated as people who are "ready to hear the answer" rather than being forced to get their questions answered by friends or heaven help us "the media." I wish Americans were more open to discussing sexual issues that like it or not– teens are dealing with.

  2. 2

    i hate hackers. across the board they are losers. anonymous hermaphrodite audio hack come-on

  3. 3

    As a young person who watches this - its completely informative. I'm sure most people would rather be exposed to 'explicit images' than be ignorant.
    Fucking hell someones always got to moan about something dont they? GAURANTEED noone under the age of 30 has complained - my flatmates and I actually look forward to watching this as it paves the way for good chat.

  4. 4

    Well the age of consent in the UK is 16 so it's not like it's illegal.
    I don't think it's so bad. I would rather a show talk about realistic sexual situations people go through. It's more informational then just smut.

  5. 5

    the un-cola

  6. 6

    i'm 18 and watching this makes me feel incredibly awkward. The counselors on the show say they want to stop teens feeling pressurised into having sex, but programs like this where sex is being thrown in my face make me feel more pressured into it than anything. I dislike :/

  7. 7

    cant you find your own stories pimple-face Perez? holywoodreporter loves you

  8. 8

    Yes you may be old, puggy, making minimum wage and living in your parents house but ugly people that doesn't give you the right to complain about hot awesome people going at it.

  9. free says – reply to this


    The more hypocritical a country is towards sex, the more unwanted pregnancies and SOA's are going to happen. I don't see anything wrong with these kind of programs if they're broadcasted after 10 PM. If you don't like it, switch channels. Easy.

  10. 10

    Me and most of my friends watch this programme. I think it's healthy to know what's out there. On no level is it telling people to go out and try all the stuff it portrays. It's put together well as it does inform you on risks but on the other hand it recognises that teenagers do have sex and will continue to.

  11. 11

    The word is inTeresting - do you not know that, or do you think you are being funny?

  12. 12

    I am a young person who watches thios, and I am also a person who used to go round schools and teach sex education. This programme is not very informative at all, and it seems that the "professionals" on the show don't even bother stressing that it is better to have sex within a healthy, happy relationship but just seem to force having sex upon everyone watching. Don't even get me started on that Billie girl, what a middle class gap-toothed bint who, even with all her stupid "oh no never sex for me" is blatantly one massive whore.

  13. 13

    This show promotes a happy and healthy sex life and with kids having sex younger and younger nowadays it's better not to IGNORE it and rather let them know to be safe without being patronizing about it. It's the only way kids will listen. I think it's a great to have this sort of show and as many before me have said IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, DON'T WATCH IT.

  14. 14

    I think your support and obesseions with teen sex shows is freaking creepy! You're all for Skins and now this. Kind of odd given your age man. Don't ever be a parent.

  15. 15

    The day this show appears in the U.S. is the day I pull my cable!

  16. m.j says – reply to this


    Why are adults so obsessed with teenagers having sex!? It's disgusting! Yeah, teenagers have sex WAY more often than you think. There are places at high schools that every kid can say kids do sex/drugs. As long as we are practicing SAFE sex we are fine just as much as you are. But the problem is half of us are freaking stupid. I can honestly say STD's are at my school of 2,000 kids.

  17. 17

    This is disgusting (and I'm no uptight puritan)! It's all about the bottom line, but in our information hungry Western world, people seem to be oblivious to the fact that not all information is good information–you really can know too much.

    Why are we hell-bent on robbing our kids of their childhood?! So what if their curious, not all curiosity has to be fulfilled. There's a reason we say that curiosity killed the cat, in this case it's killing innocence. Let kids be kids, and let parents decide how much their child is ready to know about!

  18. 18

    I love this show, as a 17 year old living in the UK I love shows like this…and honestly if they are ranting about this where were all these fucking bitches during the sex education show? It was so much worse, or what about embarrassing teen bodies? it's not exactly new shit.

  19. 19

    Ok, sex is great, we all know it…but can we focus on anything else, for the love of God?! Seriously, the human race has become so one-dimensional…sex sex sex. That's all we fucking care about anymore.

  20. 20

    Re: Lazybtch – Watch your mouth little girl.

  21. 21

    Re: gmoney0 – Exactly, thankyou. I'm a young British woman and this makes me cringe. Really dissapointed in Channel 4.

  22. rory! says – reply to this


    Well I'm 18 and I enjoy this program. It's very informative and it isn't being thrown in your face as someone said! If you don't like it then don't watch it, you have a choice! DUH! It's a realistic approach and very refreshing to see clear, concise information that isn't being dampened down. All I see are some silly, prudish parents stuck in the past that need to get with the times!

  23. 23

    everyone i know watches that show so i doubt they will pull it, its actually pretty good. not preachy it just gives advice

  24. 24

    I'm worried young people (especially girls) are growing up with very weird ideas about what sex is about. Good, healthy sex education is essential, but sex is NOT about genital piercing. It's not about the perfect bikini wax. It's not about Ann Summers lingerie and nipple vibrators. Those things are optional aspects of SOME people's sex lives. I feel like a lot of young people are just copying what they THINK adults do by getting all this distorted imformation from the media. Sexual health isn't ONLY about not getting pregnant or an STI. It's also about being mentally healthy and being able to know what you are and aren't comfortable with.

  25. 25

    16 is the age of consent in the uk so its not as if they are giving underage teens advice about sex
    also if you don't like something don't watch - simples

  26. 26

    I just hope they inform them about all the STD's going around and show pics of that too so they don't all start sleeping around with their new sex skills. Let them know that HPV causes ORAL cancer too, not just cervical….and condoms CANNOT protect you agains HPV. Having a healthy sex life is good, but sleeping around is just nasty and I'm not saying that from a religous standpoint, I'm saying that from a young woman with some morals who doesnt want to get cancer standpoint. Especially not over an orgasm. I can give that to myself. Just be careful!!

  27. 27

    Re: gmoney0 – Ok in my opinion this show is aimed at teenagers not children. Plus what makes you think that we don't already know a lot of this stuff! The more we are protected from it the more curious we become. I agree that not all curiousity has to be fulfilled but given that this is something that the vast majority of us will partake in, shouldn't we know about it

  28. 28

    the people who produce and air this show have zero interest in the well being of young people. They are ONLY interested in the money they believe this "edgy" show will generate. They view kids as chickens conditioned to peck a button for a piece of corn. They use sex hoping you'll be manipulated into buying the products for sale. It's dehumanizing.

  29. 29

    Umm, I love the attempt to make this sound worse than it is by whoever is responsible for the complaint quotes. There is no such thing as a "20 year old boy." That is not debatable, a 20-year-old is a man, capable and deserving of the opportunity to make his own informed decisions to have sex or not (and to watch this show or not). I don't love the idea of pre- and young teens having sex for the wrong reasons, but it's CLEARLY happening, as evidence by, I don't know, ALL THE REST OF WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE MEDIA (i.e. Teen Mom, Twilight, Gosspi Girl, pretty much every show aimed at this age group), so why are we trying to be all prissy and up on our high horses now? It's ridiculous to think that a 17-year-old girl who is already having sex and is trying to "improve her skills" is gonna be terribly damaged by someone speaking with her frankly and using visual supplements in a discussion. This may be a way to get ratings, but the same people who are all up in arms about this kind of content are the ones who were enjoying an innocent romp in the back seat of a Chevy when they were teenagers in the 70s. Get over it and start teaching your kids how to be safe and respectful instead of making sex into a taboo.

  30. 30

    I watch the show, and I've actually learnt quite a lot. Plus, the age of consent is 16 over here, so the people they show are completely legal.

    People are focusing on the negative really. Although it did show one girl getting advice on sex positions, she was with her mother? Not exactly as disgusting as you think.

    They also put a lot of emphasis on the age of consent, and they don't only show the good sides- they featured one girl getting tested for HIV, so they document the risks too.

    Some people are just too prude.

  31. 31

    I agree that we should have access to information, but some of it might be a bit too far. I mean, I'm a 16yr old, living in britain who doesn't watch the show and I'm bombarded with info about sex already. but I still know plenty people who are older than me and still know far less, so it's a kind of two edged sword in that it is frustrating for some to have to hear the same things about sex over and over, while for those who don't know, it is helpful. There's no easy way to get a happy medium, but I think they should still air it. Better knowing to much than being in the dark, right? x