Over Explicit or Under Stated?

I’m sure that some of you have gotten at least a small earful at the controversial story regarding this month’s cover of GQ magazine.  Well if you don’t here’s a little background information.

Many TV watchdog groups are soundly upset over the images depicted on the cover and inside the October edition of GQ magazine.  The erotically and sexually charged images include actors from Fox’s hit TV show Glee. The actors, Lea Michelle, Dianna Argon and Cory Monteith are depicted in sexually explicit pictures with the two women wearing very little clothing, the three actors touching and embracing each other in an erotic way.

Now of course we are not unfamiliar with sexual messages and sexually explicit messages in magazines, whether it’s GQ, Sports Illustrated, or various other magazines for men.  BUT in this situation the sexually erotic images are totally different.  You see, the three actors are all dressed as high school students, with a classroom setting and all.

For those, like me, that have never seen an episode of the tv show Glee, it involves adult actors portraying young  high school students.  Although all three actors are older than eighteen, the sight of young high school students posing in scantly clad clothing makes people cringe in this day and age.

When I first heard this story I was confused as to why people got so up in arms regarding a bunch of adults posing as underage high school students lusting after one another in a magazine.  I mean, it’s nothing new from Hollywood. But when you stop and think about it, do these images produce an unwanted response due to an underlying innuendo about sexual attractiveness and age.

In this male dominated society, it’s no secret that a man’s idea of an attractive woman, age wise, is someone between the age of 18 to 29.  Some men actually believe (and are completely wrong I say) that when a woman reaches the age of 30 she begins to loose her attractiveness, or sex appeal.  But due to some recent events in the news with teachers having inappropriate relationships with underage students, the increase of sexual predators terrorizing underage children, and even the increase of erotic images from Hollywood’s most popular celebrities under the age of 18 gives me bad vibes (Miley Cyrus’ recent video comes to mind) that we are unknowingly going in the wrong direction age wise.

This is a touchy and fragile subject, and maybe I am taking this all too serious, but is Hollywood and the American society, quietly saying that it ok for young teens to pretend to be sexual objects?  Or for the GQ/Glee incident, is it something “hip” or “cool” to visualize young teens behaving as sexually active adults?  Or am I way off base, and this is just a bunch of adults taking provocative photos while at the same time making a poor choice on theme and costume. This obviously isn’t a question that I have the perfect answer to, but it does make me wonder.

Hopefully it makes you wonder too.

-Darold Ingram

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~ by daroldingram on October 27, 2010.

One Response to “Over Explicit or Under Stated?”

  1. I will never understand American’s obsession with squashing anything to do with sex, one of the most amazing inventions on the planet. Televisions shows are plagued with explicit violence all over the place, but you throw one sex scene or a nipple in there and everyone goes crazy.

    That said, I understand that the point of this article was to bring to light whether or not it is appropriate for high school students to be portrayed as sexual objects. It’s a very touchy subject, yes. There are a lot of creeps out there. But these images are of ADULTS in an ADULT magazine. If you think this is the first time that adult girls have been portrayed as school girls or cheerleaders in an adult magazine, I’ve got some property to sell you.

    The age issue is something that we as Amerians focus so much energy on. As soon as someone reaches that “magical” age of 18 they suddenly become allowed to do a number of things including sex, cigarettes and going to war for your country (but you can’t have a beer till you’re 21…don’t get me started on that). I think the bigger question should be where did these numbers come from?

    Bottom line, people like to get excited/upset about these kind of issues, which is exactly why the producers of Glee and the editors of GQ made this happen. People talking about controversial topics sells magazines and raises ratings. We’re feeding the trolls.

    We should worry less about the cover of an adult magazine and instead focus on shows that are actually ruining America. I’m looking at you, Jersey Shore.

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