Sex and Violence

by Abdullah AlMolhem

For me, I would like to talk about sex and violence. I find it incredibly strange how these two issues are perceived in popular culture. Modern society is constantly bombarded with images of death. The quintessential American action movie with guns blazing and explosions galore gives the issue a candy coated glaze, making it sexy, and sellable. I am not saying I don’t like an action movie, I’m not saying Die Hard isn’t in my top five; all I’m saying is that somewhere down the line, priorities got reversed.

Here is a clip from a top selling video game:

Had this been a sex scene equally as graphic, the rating would have been much higher, and the sales would be astronomically lower due to parents not buying the game for their children. Why then is violence so glorified and the nude body so demoralized? What is interesting is that despite the “public” complaining about the violence in video games, sales have constantly risen year after year, which leads me to believe that a select few groups are being chosen by the media to represent the public on television. Why? Because these groups oppose a powerful force, and such a conflict increases ratings. But if the general public believes that these violent games do not affect their children in a harmful way (why else would they agree to buy them?) why would they think that sex would have any negative influence? Surely something as beautiful and natural as the human body is more productive and beneficial than watching someone get their heads bashed in. Which leads me to the conclusion that it is a conscious decision my the film companies and the game developers, and the print companies etc. to keep the status quo. They know the public doesn’t actually care about the “harmfulness” of the content (otherwise gaes would become less violent, which is not the case) and yet they choose to abstain from the sexual (even the non-sexual nude) and glorify the violent. They may say it’s because the violence is what the kids want to see. Studies say otherwise:

It’s an important question: Why violence and not the natural? I’m not sure why it is not more talked about in a time of such great progress and such horrible genocide.

 

 

 

 

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