VOTE: Is America Being Over-Sexed?

Fri, May 14, 2010 10:25am EDT by 14 Comments

This week we watched a video of Miley Cyrus giving a man twice her age a lap dance.

We saw the Miss USA contestants strip down to their skivvies in a porny photo shoot and even came across a video of scantily clad 7-year olds doing a very PG-13 dance to Beyonce’s Single Ladies. Is it all just too much?

Sexed up culture comes and goes in cycles. One day it seems like sex is everywhere and the next everyone is all buttoned up. What we’re worried about this time is that the hyper-sexed epidemic seems to spread from adults to very young girls.

Miley Cyrus was just 16 at the time she was video-taped grinding on her 44-year-old Last Song producer Adam Shankman. (Who, it should be pointed, out, is openly gay. But — still.)

When it comes to Miley’s lapdance and the seven-year-old Single Ladies, there don’t seem to be any adults trying to regulate. A representative for the World of Dance Competition where the Single Ladies dance was performed says he doesn’t see anything provocative about the performance.

“It was the very first WOD event I had ever attended, and I can tell you the cheering and screaming you heard on the video was from other parents and dance teams that were just blown away by their dance performance and precision. There was NOTHING provocative about what they were doing,” spokesman Larry Peters told AOL PopEater.

And Miley’s dad Billy Ray Cyrus just shrugged his shoulders and said, “It’s what people her age do.” It must not be what all people her age do, because according to reports some parents grabbed their kids and left the party because they didn’t want to expose them to that kind of thing “people her age do.”

It just seems like overkill. Every morning we wake up to a new scandalous video or photo shoot where ladies seem to be wearing less and less clothes. Miley and the women of the Miss. USA pageant should be using their platforms to show off more than their bodies and sexy dance moves. Or else we’re going to see a lot more trickle-down sexiness like the 7-year-old Single Ladies.

What do you guys think? Does the oversexing need to be dialed back just a bit?

- Jo Piazza

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keimiya

Posted at 7:56 PM on May 22, 2010  

miey cyrus so cuite and lifeless now u are on the pole wow
i thoght you were better than that! u are just like miss usa

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ci-ci

Posted at 11:07 AM on May 15, 2010  

people are to sexed up.. lol, but that is what makes them popular.. so if they wanna be like it, then let them, if i wanted to walk outside like a slut, i woud but i dont, (except for in my bikini in summer time and im 14…) but 7!! that is too young!and miley.. she is just going thru a phase.. i hope. lol but things should change..

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Rick Garner

Posted at 5:00 PM on May 14, 2010  

Here’s the thing, just like Miley Cyrus, we’ve all given lap dances.

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michelle

Posted at 5:41 PM on May 14, 2010  

Thank God! I felt like I was taking CRAZY pills! People are so caught up with “scandals” and “gossip” that they end up promoting coverage of these shameful things, like the 7 year old girls dancing to single ladies, I just wish somebody would boycott that video instead of passing it around and asking everyone whether or not they think its appropriate, that is child pornography and I’m sick of it. Also with Miley Cyrus, Vanessa Hudgens and even Noah Cyrus, all the “shocking scandals” that are caught on camera should not be publicised and gossiped about but rather reported or boycotted. I am afraid to have children because I am afraid of having to raise them in this world, my gosh, what will be going on in a few years from now? I predict a new bill will be passed legalizing child pornography. Hey, we’re half way there. Disgusting.

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em gee

Posted at 12:55 PM on May 14, 2010  

You are with an organizaion that capitalizes on public interest in sexuality. In the interested of fairness – it’s not, exactly – for you to take the position of neutrality on this issue, when it is your bread-and-butter. Even this article itself has a picture chosen for it, two actually, that were unnecessary and largert han they needed to be; and you have hundreds and hundreds of articles that have pictures like that. On mail.com, your articles are always the raciest there are to be found; and very often, you’ll have an entire article dedicated only to shallow points of appearance, with an attempt to validate the conversation by references to some vague, non-existent “norm” there *is* no norm, there *is* no “overkill” or “too much” because with a society as large as the internet creates, you’d need a sociology masters’ just to *track* the concept, let alone to be able to judge it, like you propose to in your question.

Anyway, why spend your time policing others? Other than that you all make money on those kinds of articles, it’s just vindictive. I believe you shouldn’t have the right to spend so much energy making judgment calls about other people, or whole societies at large. I’m not trying to be mean saying it this way, not at all – I just feel honesty is requisite. emgee

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ShebA

Posted at 12:16 PM on May 14, 2010  

Im soRRy 2 say this buT moSt animals Thk about sex when its “time 4 it” anD now we aRe Human Beings and its like we wake up—- we thnk about sex, we go t work—-we thnk about sex, we go 2 school,—-we thnk about sex, we watch Tv——and The Tv thinks SO mucH abOut sex!!! we sleeP aT night and sure,,, ——we THiNk abOut sex! We shOuld stop this!!!

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Nicky

Posted at 11:52 AM on May 14, 2010  

yes, the seven year old single ladies are inappropriate (the context of their costumes, open leg dance moves and song lyrics make it inappropriate for girls that young – even taking away one of these elements would have helped). However, miley cyrus’ dance moves can hardly be called a lap dance. She is simply dancing how the majority of 15,16 and 17 year old girls dance from time to time. I can distinctly remember school dances at that age, where such dancing was the norm (and did not mean anything other than dancing). Its sad that such dancing, has been described as a ‘lap dance’ which clearly gives it conotations that were unintended. Such a moment should be thought back on with embarassment, once she grows up a little bit, rather than hving to deal with unfair judgement. She is after all only a teenager..

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Mollysha

Posted at 11:46 AM on May 14, 2010  

I am very bothered by the sexualization of young girls. I blame certain TV shows like “The Wizards of Wetherly” (however it’s spelled) where central characters are airheads who don’t like school or study and just think of boys and fun.
I am also bothered by porno sites with grown women with absolutely no pubic hair – they look like they are little girls down there.
There’s been a dangerous blur.
On the one hand, you can’t show nipples or frontal nudity, on the other hand we find it acceptable to have fifteen-year old little girls give lap dances to their uncles, mentors, employers, whatever.
Yes, there is definitely something wrong in this picture!

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dn

Posted at 11:43 AM on May 14, 2010  

people wonder why our nation is falling apart. we’re distracted, severely, and it allows our so-called leaders to do as they wish. some religious-minded individuals may point out how it is God that is cursing us for our sins. If you don’t think that way consider this – we care more about the garbage on the television than the fact that we are killing hundreds of thousands of human beings in other nations right now. no one even seems to acknowledge that. so tell me where you think America is heading if we don’t change our behavior.

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WAYTOOMUCH

Posted at 11:29 AM on May 14, 2010  

WE ARE MAKING A GENERATION OF KENDRA’S, TILA’S AND THE KARDASHIANS.. WE REWARD BAD BEHAVIOR WITH TV SHOWS AND CELEBRITY STATUS….ITS A “ANYTHING GOES” MENTALITY

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carolt

Posted at 10:52 AM on May 14, 2010  

Rather an overfocus on youth again, with Miley positioned as the anti-Christ’s sister.
It’s the older generation that makes it all possible, and rewardable with attention and money, isn’t it? In my view, Sex in the City was one of the tv shows that ruined tv prime time for being so blatant about sex. Having said that, there has always been a problem in the U.S. with violence. Yet you never complain about there being too much violence on view. The Puritanical attitude about sexuality doesn’t quite fit with a nation that eats up murdertainment like it breathes air. (a Canadian)

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Lelia

Posted at 12:32 PM on May 14, 2010  

You are so right, Carolt. The grown-ups (and I use that term loosely) are to blame for the decline of society into the cesspool. There is nothing appropriate for any child or teen-ager after 7pm (and that’s giving the benefit of the doubt to the networks) on any TV channel, be it network or cable. GROWN UPS are the ones directing, producing, and putting these shows on the air, and GROWN UPS are the ones letting their children watch this crap. GROWN UPS are the ones letting little 7 year-olds dance like sluts and GROWN UPS are the ones letting their children listen to the likes of Madonna, Lady Gaga, Biance, Rhianna,etc. GROWN UPS are responsible for letting teen-agers act like ho’s. Just because Miley, who is a teen-ager, was dancing in a provocative manner doesn’t make her bad. She’s is just acting out what she sees in today’s society. Adam Shankman, however, is the GROWN UP in this situation and it was up to him to put the kabash on the lap dance. Since Miley was only 16 at the time, he should be lucky he isn’t being charged with a crime. GROWN UPs are the ones to blame and until they take responsiblity for putting this stuff out and allowing the sexualization and preying upon of children for fun and profit, nothing is going to change.

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Guest

Posted at 11:07 PM on May 14, 2010  

Since when does liking sex make one an airhead? This whole debacle is nothing but a thinly diguised attack on female sexuality. It literally says: “if you like sex you’re stupid” (in addition to the commonly used epithets of naughty, bad, whore, slut, etc).

If instead of this horrible put downs, girls and women were praised for having sexual feelings (which no ammount of “education” will suppress), they would feel GOOD about themselves by loving instead of hating a fundamental part of themselves. THEN they would have great self-esteem and accomplish wonders that they can’t now.

Shame on you repressed, puritanical ladies for shooting yourselves in the foot.

This is what keeps girls and women down. Well, no more! Go Miley! Go little girls dancing “Single Ladies”!

 
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Sheila

Posted at 10:19 PM on May 16, 2010  

Okay… Seriously? I’m all for female liberation and equality of the sexes, but even I have to admit that this video with 7 year old girls dressed like stripers and performing overt sexual moves is over the top.

I think that the media is too hard on people like Miley Cyrus, but I also understand where they’re coming from. Our role models are expected to perform at a higher standard than mainstream society. It’s kind of a hypocritical viewpoint, but isn’t entirely unreasonable.

Kids will be kids and teenagers will experiment and test themselves. That being the case though, there are some things that are simply not acceptable. 7 year old children cannot entirely be sheltered from the influence of sex, but they should have a safe environment where sexual practices and influences are not forced upon them. They should have a chance to be children! You cannot argue that they are sexual beings at this age when they haven’t even hit the beginnings of puberty. Children at this age are Not ready to experiment with sex, and shouldn’t be encouraged to express themselves in a sexual manner. It’s quite simply unacceptable!

 
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