March 9, 2011

Changing idea of sex

Filed under: Uncategorized — publicandprivatespace @ 11:30 am

By: Matt Wyborski

Many things in our society are changing as it grows. There are physical things such as money and how people are spending it, how its value changes due to inflation. Or our transportation, as we realize that driving our ozone eating cars everywhere we go might not be the best idea, so we are developing more and more hybrids. Another thing to think about is our cultures ideas on the way you should spend your life. Our view on sex has changed pretty drastically over the years. We see this in multiple facets of the American lifestyle.

                We can see how this drastic change was brought about through some aspects of our now everyday lives. One way we can see our view of sex becoming much more public is the growth of the internet pornography industry. If we look at statistics posted on the most recent survey of Internet Pornography Statistics and this journal publication we see that in 2006 the worldwide pornography industry generated a massive $97.06 billion. $13 billion of this total was in the United States. That is a massive amount of pornography in the United States alone and it is becoming more readily available. Also in 2006 the internet saw a massive rise in the search terms “Adult Dating” and “Adult Sex.” Under the search terms of Adult Dating we find that this is not only a pornographic search but a search for a casual sexual encounter, more commonly known as hooking up. As far as growing pornography we also saw that from 1991 to 1997 America increased its pornographic movie output by 500%. And yet another staggering statistic in the year 2000 60% of all websites visited were defined as sexual in nature. All of this adds up to the United States being the largest producer of pornographic material in the world. This shows how people in the United States have changed what we look at. But what about how we think about the actual practice of premarital sex?

                We see a trend here that the public is becoming more accepting of individuals practicing premarital sex. We can observe this in the changing age of marriage, the US Census from 1990 shows the age of first marriage moving farther and farther back. If the cultural view of sex were unchanging the age that people are having sex for the first time should be rising. But we see that this is not the case, at the Kinsey Institute they show that the age is going down is 16.9 years old for males and 17.4 years old for females.

                We see that our cultures view of sex is becoming more and more liberal. We are more publically okay with premarital sex, and sex with multiple partners than we ever have been before. And these numbers continue to change. Think about what the major songs on the radio now contain more and more about more public sexual encounters and same with television.  It is always good to keep ourselves informed of how our society is changing and evolving, and the sexual nature of our culture is evolving rapidly.


  1. I think that the main reason people are becoming more public about sex is because the way our society has become focused on instant gratification. Instead of believing in the age old thought of the longer you wait the more rewarding the prize will be, Americans now think in terms of I want that now and I don’t care how I get it. Our society is full of ways to achieve instant gratification such as fast food restaurants, having credit cards to go shopping, and having parents that hand their children whatever they want instead of making them get real jobs and actually have them learn the value of hard work. It’s almost sickening to see how self-righteous our generation has become over everything.

    Sex has become such an easy access, especially since the media is telling both males and females that it was what you should be doing by the time you are 16 or earlier. It’s amazing to hear about stories that younger and younger girls are becoming pregnant when they haven’t even learned about their own bodies yet let alone the opposite sex. I don’t even think kids as young as 13 can comprehend what it means to have sex let alone experience all that it really should be. The statistics in this post don’t surprise me, and I predict them becoming even worse in the upcoming years.

    —-Malynda Messer

    Comment by publicandprivatespace — March 9, 2011 @ 1:22 pm | Reply

  2. Allyson Barham
    I believe that the issues that are presented in this article about sex are serious issues, that most people seem to notice, but no one is willing to try and create solutions for the problem. Our society has become more and more lenient on what is seen as acceptable when related to sex and this is why this problem has gotten to the point where it is so out of hand. Pornography is something that was not as wide spread in our society until the internet came along making it more acceptable than ever. Pornography as mentioned in this article has grown dramatically over the past years, which is a strong problem because pornography takes away the relationships between men and women, it is impersonal and you would be watching or looking at people that you don’t even know. Then there is also the issue mentioned in this article of how the age of marriage has increased and the age of the first time having sex is going down. If this problem seems to continue, how do we know that marriage will not just be done away with completely because people are so comfortable with having sex out of wedlock, which use to be one of the things that you waited for or looked forward to after you got married.

    Comment by publicandprivatespace — March 9, 2011 @ 1:57 pm | Reply

  3. Christine Weaver
    American’s views on sex have changed drastically over the years. I think that this is because of the rise in reality TV shows and sexuality of movies. More and more shows are coming out that are about drama and relationships, while more and more movies are coming out where there is at least one sex scene and a sexy male or female. Also, magazines are all about sex too. Every other article is about someone cheating on someone or how to improve your sexual behaviors. Sex is everywhere.
    I think the age on premarital sex has dropped because of this. Sex is constantly on display and is shoved in our faces every time we turn on the TV or open a magazine. I don’t see any way to fix this, and unfortunately, the age on premarital sex will continue to drop. Sexuality is on the rise and there’s not much anyone can do about it.

    Comment by publicandprivatespace — March 9, 2011 @ 9:16 pm | Reply

  4. Samantha Lieberman

    I agree with you, sex has changed a lot over the years. The whole pornography thing that you were talking about is interesting to me. I guess i can understand why it has increased drastically over the past few years seeing as the internet got really big more recently. Something else that I have become more aware of is the fact that sex is being introduced to kids at younger ages. I realize this because my best friend’s little sister is making these jokes to me that i wouldn’t have understood when I was in fifth grade. I guess things are changing, and one of these things are sex.

    Comment by publicandprivatespace — March 10, 2011 @ 11:33 pm | Reply

  5. -Markus Lackey
    I agree with Christine Weaver about American’s views on sex has change because of the raise of reality TV shows and sexual movies. Internet pornography is also easier and cheaper to obtain than in the past; where most of nude pictures and porn came from only pornographic movies and magazines like playboy. Just the other day I was looking up random songs for my friend and one link took me right to a pornographic site, saying that it is the “Facebook of sex” in bold letters. Not only are adults doing it many teenagers are also accessing these sites and some older children. My 12 year old cousin was caught watching porn on the internet; sex is extremely easy to access.

    Comment by publicandprivatespace — March 11, 2011 @ 9:49 am | Reply

  6. There are two main themes in this article and its responses. They are the ideas of the personal utopia and the liberalization of society. These concepts make me think of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. For those of you who have not read it, in this book, people are essentially slaves to society but do not question it because of they are happy. Their lives are filled with sex from an early age and they do not know any differently. My concern is how far left can our society go before it reaches the stage where we’re so content in our lives that we don’t care about anyone or anything else? The trend in the 1960s and 70s used to be that society would liberalize into world peace and everyone would get along. But now our world is changing into personal utopias with pornography along with a declining age of first time sex, Facebook, the aforementioned fast food and credit cards, digital photography, cell phones, and CCTV, among countless others.

    -Phillip Schaefer

    Comment by publicandprivatespace — March 11, 2011 @ 11:36 am | Reply

  7. I think the changing ideas of sex theme is overexagerated. Throughout history, sex has not been all that taboo, excepting some extremely religious cultures. I don’t think that 16 or 17 is an unreasonable age for a teen to have sex for the first time. In some cultures they would be married and possibly have kids by that age. The only disturbing trend here is that the age continues to drop. Obviously we don’t want 10 year olds having sex when they aren’t capable of fully understanding the significance or possible consequences of their action. Porn is not the worst thing a 12 year old could find on the internet. At least then they would have some concept of sex, rather than think of it as a mysterious unknown until someone deems them old enough to tell them about it, about 5 years after they have heard all kinds of things bout it, many of them false, from peers. I think efforts should be made to curb this lowering of the age, but I don’t know that it should be reversed.
    Ethan Hollingsworth

    Comment by publicandprivatespace — March 11, 2011 @ 2:43 pm | Reply

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